Thursday, July 29, 2010

- Tony and I decided to take the plunge and signed up for E-mealz. Let me tell you ladies, this is one area that I am glad to have conceded. We bought sandwich ingredients for Tony's lunches at Target on Sunday and waited it out until the week's meal plan for Aldi came out on Tuesday. There were 5 meals and we will plan to omit one, as it looks like even though it's intended for 2 people that there will still easily be leftovers. This week omitting one meal on the meal plan but purchasing all other ingredients, and buying 3 cans of tuna, 1 can of chicken, 1 lemon and 1 avocado more, our grand total was $30.15. Are you kidding me? I can majorly get used to this. Since it only accounts for dinner and not lunches, we are prepared to spend between $45-50 a week. This will be a significant savings!

- We've made two of the meals now and although the plan that we chose is not weight-loss minded, rather just correlating with Aldi's sale goods, there is so much wiggle room to cut calories. The meals have been delicious too and absolutely filling. Tony and I have joked the last two nights at dinner that we're obviously going to be feeling deprived by doing this meal plan, because it couldn't be further from the truth!

Tuesday night's meal was a Bratwurst Hoagie with Warm Onion Balsamic Reduction Relish. Tony was very leery of the balsamic vinegar reduction due to the smell, but I knew how it ought to taste so I didn't give up hope! It was totally worth it too. To cut calories I served myself an ample portion of the spinach salad and chose to not eat my bratwurst on the hoagie. Last night we had Boneless Honey Mustard Country Style Ribs which I made the night before in the crockpot. This was accompanied by steamed broccoli and a large amount of strawberries. Again, Tony was so surprised by how good the food was! I'm so happy that we decided to try this out.

- Today was Day 2 of Insanity, actually three including the Fit Test [hah!], again this is a choice that I'm so glad that we're moving forward with. I'm loving the workouts and am pushing myself so much more than I was running, even when doing intervals. Tony is absolutely doing craziness while working out. I'm getting up at 5:00am to do them and he is doing them before showering and going to bed. Usually Isaac looks at me with big eyes and says, "What's that?" because he can hear Tony's grunting and movements downstairs.

- Kierstan said it best when I texted her about Insanity.

Me: Started Day 2 of Insanity. Hopefully pregnant by the end! :)
Kier: So lots of Insanity followed by lots of sex . . . you should be in REALLY great shape by the end! :)

Hah! She then proceeded to tell me that Kiera is a great girls name, but thanks to her I all ready knew that. She's kind of pushy.

- Thanks to Daily Plate aka now L I V E S T R O N G.com [jeez louise, where was I when that happened?] I'm also now tracking my calories. Turns out the last two days I haven't been eating enough, even with the bratwurst and ribs!

I do really well, like when I was pregnant with Isaac, when I eat the same thing everyday at the same time throughout the day. So this week has looked like this:

Wheat Bread + Butter Spray + Polander Sugar Free Raspberry Preserves = 90 Calories

Morning Snack
Egg +
Yoplait Light and Fit Strawberry [4 oz in a reusable container] = 90 Calories

Cucumbers + Avocado + Canned Chicken [mash 1/2 avocado into chicken, like you would make chicken salad, place on cucumber like it's a cracker] +
Carrots + Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus = 429.5 Total Calories

Afternoon Snack
Cantaloupe +
Apple = 107 Calories

- On tap for the weekend, I'm shooting a rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tomorrow night thanks to Fab.you.lous Events. On Saturday then we'll be traveling down near Marshall, MN to celebrate Tony's Grandma's 90 birthday. The woman has lived such a life, including raising 13 kids on a farm, so there will be much to honor!

- Can you tell that I've totally thrown myself into creating a healthier me, as opposed to dwelling on if's and should have been's? I could be 10 weeks this week. One quarter of the way through my pregnancy, on the upswing just weeks away from sharing the news. Instead I'm now weeks away from a better body. Hah. I'd like to re-trade.

- I can't even begin to tell you all how much your comments, support and prayers have comforted us in the last week. I've gone through and re-read the comments daily and have prayed for those either directly stating they have experienced the same or conveying that they have. It is a sisterhood I had hoped to avoid, although nearly impossible, but I thank you for the reception. Knowing others are crying with you somehow lightens the load.


Ashley @ Our Happily Ever Afters said...

Proud of you! I am not disciplined in the area of health and fitness, and I've GOT to do better at it!! Praying for you always!

Kier said...

Kiera IS a great name. (Plus, I'll pay you $50 if you ever name on of your girls that!)

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

I love that you are doing this. I haven't posted about it yet but we are both doing something extremely similar while trying to get pregnant. I need to focus on something else rather than what is not happening so making a list of all the things that could better prepare us to get pregnant and become parents (including financial and health goals) is helping me keep my mind on something else. I'm praying for you guys!

Molly said...

I'm glad you commented about the meal plan website. Please continue to share your opinions on it because I suck at meal planning yet I know that it's where we could save the most money. We hope to be starting a meal plan soon!

Still thinking about you, Leah. You're such a great person (I can tell just from reading your blog) and I think good things are to come in your future!

Meredith said...

I am glad you guys are liking Emealz! We are picky eaters, and also have a lot of food allergies (me), so I nixed that plan...but I'm glad it is working for you!

Anonymous said...

I signed up - it looks great - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Emealz sounds fabulous. We shop at a farmers market now so it's not an option but once we get to cape that won't be an option. I'll need to look into it then!

And you're killing it in the fitness area. I need to get on that.

Leah said...

We signed up for e-mealz too and we were just commenting tonight after dinner about how good the meals have been.

OK, your meal plan is a lot less expensive than ours so I think maybe we need to switch to the Aldi for 2 plan. We have been doing the lowfat Walmart plan for 4-6 people and eliminating 2 of the meals (since they are for 7 days). I know it seems like a lot to buy for 4-6 people when we only have 2 adults, but seriously, I think my husband eats enough for 3 people and I like to give him leftovers in his lunch too. Even with the "bigger" meal plan, we have still been saving a lot of money by using e-mealz.. and it has saved me so much trouble with meal planning and shopping- that in itself is worth it!

fab.you.lous event design said...

holler. can't wait to see you tomorrow.

L.C.T. said...

This is so inspiring on so many levels. Thinking of giving some of these ideas a go to get healthier!

Chris | Team Sea-Squared said...

Way to jump on the Insanity train. I finished my first round 2 weeks ago. I love me a little Shaun T.

Nicole said...

that lunch sounds so good! i would never have thought of that. you should post daily recipes like that! how creative you are

Unknown said...

Ok, you seriously have me interested in this E-mealz thingie. Meal planning is SO not my speciality!

I can't wait for your review of Insanity. I already told Jim I'm about to "get insane" after the holidays so I'm looking forward to your progress [although...I am secretly hoping you can't finish because you'll be housing a babe :)]


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