K.I.S.S. : Lowering food costs

If you can’t tell by now I’m a no holds barred, grab life by the seat of my pants, lets “get ‘er done” type of gal.

I don’t like slothfulness.  I have the patience of an Indy Car racer revving the starting line.

And if I can’t go all out, I tend to have withdrawals.

But I’m trying something new.  I’m ridding my life of any “extras.”  Extra clothes that aren’t being worn, extra household items that aren’t being used, extra interactions that aren’t productive, and I’ve got to say, so far so good.

The area where I’m having the biggest time letting go is my food selection.  I tend to buy lots of fresh fruits and veggies.  Along with that, I tend to buy tons of bread and milk.  But theres a definite trend I’ve been noticing these past few months…no one is consuming my large quantities but Tiny & I.  In turn, that leaves us with plenty of uneaten leftovers, and lots of formerly fresh turned spoiled and forgotten perishables.

What is a mother to do?!

For the past two weeks I’ve been folding my newfound K.I.S.S. program into my grocery shopping, and unfortunately the jury is still out.

While we haven’t wasted nearly as much food, I found myself adding about $35 additional dollars to my overall bill.

*insert confused emoji here*

But I’m not giving up all hope.  I kept last week’s grocery receipt so I can use it as a means of compare.

In the meantime, I’m looking for ways to lower the overall cost.

If you have any suggestions, I’d sure like to hear them.

At last we spoke

Last time we spoke, I was well on my way to completing the infamous C25K program. If you recall, I was recovering from sinus infection.

That simple, routine sinus infection turned out to be the illness from hell, leaving me winded, and in a ton of pain.

Two doctors appointments and an ER visit later, I discovered the truth behind my malladies— a little known infection called pleurisy.

It’s an infection that my sister refers to as an elderly person’s disease.  It took three rounds of antibiotics, one round of steroids, and a ton of ibuprofen.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is, I’m finally  breathing without major pain.  I’ve finally finished downing my drug cocktail, and am feeling pretty good.

So, with that being said, I’m still in it to win it.  I’ve done more walking than running.  But I think I’m ready to get back in the saddle and ride out!

#SoItBegins

Couch 2 5k

If you’ve bee following me at any point on Instagram you probably know I have a love/hate relationship with physical activity. 

I love the way I feel after I’m done, but I hate the actual process of “doing it.”
So a friend has coerced me into joining, quite possibly, the worst exercise programs of them all: Couch to 5K. 

The truth is, I’ve always wanted to complete a 5k. In fact, it’s on my bucket list of things to do before I die, but the actual thought of running, actual running, gives me hives. (Don’t judge)

So how, pray tell, do you think I will scratch a 5k off my list? You guessed it… I finally took a big ole swig out of the “suck it up buttercup” cup and washed it down with a side of “quitcherbitchin” soup. 

And if I can be honest, it’s going pretty good! I’m on week two of the C25k app program and I’m happy to report, I have not died!  What’s more impressive to me is that after the initial 20 minutes, I actual enjoy it. (Insert large gasp here) 

Now, I’ve been nursing a sinus infection for (going on three weeks now) so it’s made it a tad bit difficult to wrap up week two with good timing due to the infection spreading into my actual lungs, however, I’m excited about actually completing the program!

after the shots

Obligatory doc offfice photo


If you’re not impressed yet, try this on for size… I, CG,  am making plans to sign Shorty and I up for a 5k that we can run together! (which is a request she’s been making for about a year) 

So yay for CG for putting an end to her procrastination and wishful thinking and putting her dreams in motion. 

Illness or not, I will complete this program, and when I do… There will be a HUGE celebration, and quite possibly vegan donuts. 👏🏾#staytuned 

C25K : week two

Vegan Sloppy Joes: Day 4

A few weeks ago I made an impulse purchase—and grabbed picked up a pack of green lentil’s at Aldi. Lentils frequently come up in the vegan database when trying to find protein, so I figured, it couldn’t be too bad.

So I took my package home and did what any confused mom looking to feed her brood would do: I went to Google.
The first thing that popped into my search was a vegan chili recipe.  Pinned it, made it and loved it.

vegan chili

Vegan Lentil Chili featuring cilantro & avocado slices

But there’s only so much chili one person can stand.  So the search continued.

That’s when I ran across multiple recipes for Lentil Sloppy Joe’s.  What you say now?!  I LOVE Sloppy Joes!

Growing up, Sloppy Joe’s were a staple.

Everyone has their own way…some prefer Manwich, other slather their meat of choice with BBQ sauce.

I’m a part of the latter camp, so if BBQ sauce isn’t your idea of a good time—stop reading now!

This recipe makes four servings.  You can always double it if you’d like.

1 c of green lentils
1/2 c of brown rice3 1/2 c of water
1/4 c nutritional yeast
2 tbsp garlic salt
3 tbsp of any Masterpiece Grilling Seasoning (I’ve made this recipe using to variations thus far, but I prefer the chicken.)

Boil brown rice in 1 1/2 c of water in a separate boiler.
Wait 15-20 minutes and put the remaining ingredients into a separate boiler.  Once tender in both pots combine.  Can be eaten as a side item, if you’d like, but if you came for the main event, add some Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce (as much as you like) and slap that bad boy on a bun, and call it a night!

While this probably goes without saying, I’ll mention it here:  this recipe is a great meal for lunch or dinner, but if you choose to try this for breakfast one morning (you know, cause you like leftovers, or are really lazy like myself) be warned, the chicken grill masterpiece seasoning has kick, and it could be a bit much for your morning fare.
You’ve been warned.
Now, unfortunately I did not grab any pictures of the finished product this time, I suspect this will become a pretty regular staple, so stay tuned for pics of that.

Until next time!

The first 30 days

Three weeks: 21 days…that’s the magic number scientists once thought it took to create a new habit.  For years I heard people share this age old addage, and think to myself “I must be broken.”  The only thing I seem to be able to accomplish in three weeks is anticipation of when it’s over: don’t judge.

30 days from now, the first half of 2016 will be complete.  Let that sink in for a moment.  By July 1st, 2016 will be barreling toward “Back to school” sales, Halloween costumes, and of course Yuletide joy.

I’ve accomplished alot in the first half.  I quit my job, and started my own business.  I taught Shorty how to swim, with Tiny currently learning.  I bought a new car, and learned how to properly hem pants.  All in all I’m feeling pretty confident about the direction by professional life is taking.

My personal life, on the other hand is a whole other story.

My main New Year’s Resolution was to become a better spouse to Captain.  While I’m not a horrible wife, I most definitely am not a winner winner chicken dinner 100% of the time.  Heck, I’d wager it’s more like 75% and that’s being gracious. (if you’re reading this, sorry Captain)

I also resolved to become a healthier me.  While I have certainly moved a lot more this year (due in part to not having to work overnight and keep odd hours) I most certainly have not secured the spot for being the best me I can be, ya dig?

So, starting today I’m taking some of these bigger resolutions and breaking them down into monthly installments.

I’ll journal my progress here, so get ready.

Month 1 obective: A healthier me
Focus: Nutrition