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The Day Before

My new project is ready to go. Started out by visiting the Farmer’s Market in Pawtucket today. Thought I’d come out well money-wise on a lot of the fruits and veggies I’d need for the week. Uh, not so much. Three vendors at the market – three. Really? I know it’s late in the season, but why have it for that? Not only were there three vendors, but they didn’t really have anything. Nothing that was on my list anyway.

I was so excited to go! Every blog and article I’ve read about farmer’s markets talks about the variety and great prices you can get. What a disappointment. Guess I’ll have to wait until next summer to get that kind of experience. Here’s what it looked like today:

Oh! There was a gentleman?, guy?, guitarist at one tent just to the left outside of the photo playing. Yes, one of the six tents housed a guitarist.

So, off to Whole Foods I went with my grocery list! Spent longer there than I would at my regular grocery store because I don’t usually go there for a full on shopping run, but only to pick up unusual items I may need for a recipe here and there. Didn’t make out too badly for a full week’s worth of food. No meat, no dairy. Fresh fruits, vegetables, dried fruits and nuts. Done.

I may have touched on what this project is in an earlier post, but I am going raw for 30 full days. Yes, after reading The China Study, I’m ready to make a change in how I eat and, more importantly, what I eat. My original plan was to just go vegan. My husband could do that. I had been hearing a bit here and there about eating raw foods. One of my upline Beachbody coaches does it, not 100%, but she has incorporated it into her already pristine eating habits. I started looking for everything I could find on eating raw and was more and more impressed with the information I was finding. I bought a couple of beginning books on raw foods and started eating a meal and a snack here and there raw over and above the raw fruits and vegetables I already was incorporating into my diet. I like the food, so decided I wanted to try it 100%. I found Alissa Cohen‘s book Living on Live Food.

I read it cover to cover in just a couple of days – minus work hours, of course. I was enthralled and excited! I love that she completely lays out a plan to make the transition easy from simple prep to more involved prep as you work through your first 30 days. It’s completely flexible!  I start tomorrow and am very excited! I’ll be letting you know how things are going. One of my favorite things is that I only have to prep food 2x per week. After that, it’s just a matter of pulling it out of the fridge and eating it! No spending 30 minutes to an hour in the kitchen cooking my dinner after my workout or skipping my workout because dinner is going to take too long to prepare for me to do both!

We’ll see how this goes! I really want to love it!


So Much for Low Prices!

I’ve lost weight. That has been established. Have I replaced my wardrobe? No.

I received a small bonus from work (our fiscal year-end is September 30). I just wanted to go to the outlet stores for 2 pairs of pants that fit and a couple of light sweaters for the office. I was thinking no more than $100. That’s how often I go clothes shopping! Where can you even buy a pair of nice pants for less than $80? You know, pants that will last, that are good quality and won’t fall apart the first or second time you wear them!

I figured we’d start at Ann Taylor and J Jill. They usually have great sales and prices. Well, sure, it’s summer clothes sale time! All the fall and winter clothes are new and not on sale, but that’s what I really need up here since it’s pretty chilly almost 9 months out of the year and the office is always freezing anyway!

It was really busy and we parked way the heck at the end over by the expensive shops – Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc. What happened? We did not go in the direction of the cheaper shops, but my husband led us right into Saks. Of course, I found some nice things! Dresses. Do I need dresses? Well, yes and no. I love dresses! always have since I was little. You couldn’t get me into pants except in the dead of winter when there was 5-6 feet of snow! The dresses I have I can still get away with wearing – most of them anyway and my skirts since the shirts hide the waistline hanging at about my hips.

I won’t say how much we ended up spending. Just that it was way too much and money we really don’t have right now. I just wanted some pants that fit for the colder weather!

Here’s my haul:

2 Dresses

2 Pairs of Pants

1 Skirt

2 Camis (wear them a lot!)

1 Pullover Sweater

1 Shawl Sweater (for when it’s cold in the office – every day)

This ended up being WAY over and above what I went for. I hate shopping. I hate trying on clothes. To be fair, I think the last time I bought any clothes was about 2 years ago anyway. I feel guilty. I know I shouldn’t, but I do.

Wow! 2 months since I blogged! That’s terrible! It’s not that I haven’t had a few things to talk about – I started a 12 week challenge, my husband and I went to a fantastic restaurant for his birthday. Okay, maybe that’s all. I don’t have much of a life, socially anyway. I should start blogging on how to have an exciting life without money, but apparently, it’s not that easy!

I could make it a point to start finding ways to make life fun and interesting without money. Why not, right? How many of us are in the same boat these days? Who, besides me, needs to find ways to keep from getting depressed about not being able to travel, buy cool new tech gadgets, keep up with all their friends and just be able to do things on occasion? I will see what I can come up with for this one!

For 2 months, I’ve been up and down, my workouts have suffered, my diet and I’ve gained about 10 lbs.! Ugh. It’s my mental state. I keep changing my rotation/program, what I want to accomplish, getting distracted and paying way too much attention to what everyone else is doing rather than what I should be doing. That’s right – I totally lost my focus. In doing so, I lost my drive to stay active with my blog, my Beachbody business and anything else I wanted for myself.

That is changing! I am going back to basics. I’m going back to what worked for me when I first started my fitness journey. I”m going to run and do my Cathe Friedrich workouts.

My 12-week challenge faltered due to all of these issues, so I wasn’t blogging about that. Why would I write about not doing my workouts for 3-4 days and eating junk food? Sheesh! Done. Over. Back on track.

That means, I’ll back to writing as well.

I’ve found a new focus for my nutrition as well. I’ve been reading The China Study. What an eye-opener! There will be more on that later.

For now, I just want to say that I’m back and I’m back on track!