Here we are, week 2 of January, and there's so much going on!
I thought with the holiday's behind us the hemorrhaging of money would stop... But I think it got worse
I feel like I've been spending like I hit the Powerball lately, but sadly I did not. It's not all bad though, a lot of it I'm okay with because it's for things that will help me with my goals.
Like I said in my last post I joined a gym (LA Fitness). While this set me back $160 with all the sign up fees, it will only be $30/month and well worth it I think. I'm going tonight with my friend to try their Cardio Jam class.
While I haven't been to the gym yet, I haven't been a total slacker. Monday I took advantage of having the house to myself pulled YouTube up on my TV. I did 50 minutes of TKB (turbo kickboxing). I was huffing and puffing and cursing myself for getting so out of shape, but it felt good to get back in the groove. I can't wait to see what LA Fitness's Cardio Kickboxing is like. Hopefully its similar! On a side note, I find it funny that I can go to group fitness classes without feeling self conscious. Yet, working out at home I am super embarrassed and don't even like the dogs watching me, HAH. Must be that whole "power in numbers" things.
Last week I invested in a Food Processor. I'm a Pinterest fanatic, and kept finding all of these yummy recipes that called for one, so I buckled down and spent $60 on this bad boy. I've only tried cauliflower mashed "potatoes" so far, but MMM MM MMMMM were they good! I can't wait to see what else I can do with it. Money well spent for sure!
I also joined a produce co-op called Bountiful Baskets. The way it works is every other Saturday you spend $17 and get a ginormous basked full of fruits and veggies. They are local growers and in season items. Check out our haul, we scored big time! Now I just need to determine what I'm going to do with the hatch green chiles and butternut squashes... I'm thinking something with the food processor too
I've been really good food wise and I've on Track for 2 weeks. I've only had one "cheat" day despite the efforts from co-workers to ditch my packed lunches and go out to lunch with them!
I started 2016 at 142.8 pounds, and today I weighed in at 137.4 a total "loss" of 5.4 pounds. I know that most of this is just water weight coming off and part of the detox process. I know better than to expect those kinds of numbers in the weeks to come, and I'm totally okay with that.
I joined a Biggest Loser challenge at work. Buy in was $20, but it helps give me extra motivation, accountability, and the competition is fun.
We've been trying a lot of new recipes lately, experimenting with finding healthier ways to cook the things we enjoy. We are grill, smoker, and crockpot kind of people so it's been fun to see what we can come up with.
Last night I tried out our not-so-new-but-never used Fire Wire for chicken kabobs.
Zucchini Turkey Lasanga
Other items we've tried are Elk Burgers, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Fries, and Veggie stuffed smoke chicken thighs. Coming up this week is lamb stew, green chile elk chili, butternut squash fritters, squash and black bean enchiladas, and chicken taco salads. If BF is successful duck hunting this weekend, we may be looking for duck recipes as well :)/
This last weekend I attended a Baby Shower for a good friend. We've been friends for over 20 years. She never thought she could have children, and this being her SECOND, it was a joyous occasion to celebrate.
I also had my first experience shooting last weekend. Which was a terrifying and exciting experience. We are putting in for Elk tags this year so BF is having me get beefed up on my gun skills... Which right now are NILL. But it was fun, and I only hurt myself twice. I shot a ton of different guns, but I think the AK47 was my favorite LOL.
And last but not least, this last summer we invested in a boat, and it was a poor investment. The motor has a factory defect, yada yada... It's a money pit. After having it for a while we realize we want a different kind of boat entirely anyways. SO, our friend offered to sell us his 1986 Pro-Craft. It actually has an engine in it that RUNS (and goes quite fast), and all the fishing bells and whistles like fish finders, live wells etc (we do a lot of fishing). The only downfall is that it's somewhat of a fixer upper. Cosmetically it needs TLC, so we will be spending the next few months investing in replacing boards, new carpet, new upholstery etc. Most of it we can do ourselves, but we have our work cut out for us. Still, we are very excited!!