Anybody else putting some real effort into using it up and wearing it out and generally making do with what you already have?
I'm doing a super job of not wasting food. It helps that I cleaned my fridge so I can see what is in there, LOL. Lunch today was some slightly outdated pork and beans that I found when I cleaned my pantry last week (and I've lived to tell the tale). I've got a few other things that need eating, too, that are a priority.
I am currently wearing size 12, but hoping to be in a smaller size soon. I am getting by with what I have, which isn't much. I bought two tops on clearance for under $11 for BOTH in January, and nothing else since. I may hit the thrift stores for Easter...but then, again, I may not bother. Since I'm actually hoping to get to an 8, I probably will buy some 10s--but at thrift stores, and not many. I wash a lot, LOL.
I increased my rag collection when I cut up an old, stretched-out top that is now too big.
I am making progress with using up food in the pantry
April 18 2011, 8:46 PM
I have been considering the Whole 30 diet that BA mentioned, but I can't seem to find out much about it. Then I went to the doctor today and he wants me to concentrate on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and cut out carbs & dairy. I know myself well enough to know that I can't do it until I clean out the pantry.
You may appreciate this. I've told before how mil puts sugar and loads of salt in everything she cooks. We went over there last night and she asked if we wanted a cookie - said they were healthy chocolate chip cookies because they had oatmeal in them. Dh & I both died laughing because they were still full of sugar and chocolate chips.
The road to success is always under construction.
It gets you almost to where your doctor wants you to be -- fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and cut out carbs, although you are allowed dairy. You have two weeks of initial hell (I'm on day nine, six hours, nineteen minutes LOL) where you're allowed almost no carbohydrates, then after that you're allowed to work "good" carbs back into your diet. Good carbs are things like whole grain oatmeal, fruit, red wine, starchy vegetables, and SMALL amounts of treats like chocolate and pasta.
I am not willing to live long term without wine, fruit, and occasional sweets, and the South Beach plan does allow for that. I took a look at the site Bethann posted, and I knew I couldn't follow that plan --no sugar, no sugar SUBSTITUTES, no alochol, no caffeine. Eeek. I give her a lot of credit for surivival!
Anyway, I got the basic South Beach book and a supplemental cookbook for $1.99 each at the thrift store; they have them on the shelf all the time. That's the cheapest part of the diet. You eat almost exclusively meat, fresh non-starchy vegetables, and cheese for the first two weeks, and they're not cheap. However, as I'm learning, the cheapest foods (pastas, cereals, sandwiches, etc) are also the ones with the most carbohydrates/sugar.
I'll look at it. I also have a book called Fit for Life that I did a long time ago, and I felt great after doing it. The cost of the fruit in winter made me stop, but I might be able to swing it now. All I have to do is find the book again.
The road to success is always under construction.
is why the diet was unsucessful here. I had carb cravings, but dh, the meat eater in the house, who has more will power than I've ever had, was insanely carb craving after only a few days, ....it was a total flop, and a diet he thought would be easy to stick with. I crave chocolate, bits of junk food, dh thought I was crazy until he was smitten by the carb craving!
I had terrible rebound headaches for years. I didn't know that's what they were until I got off caffeine. I did this when I spent a week in the hospital about 6-7 years ago for surgery. Thus, I had lots of good painkillers to ease the transition! However, I have found that I can get a little lift from a cup of tea AND that it is easy to limit myself to 2 cups a day (from one bag, LOL). That's what I do now and I feel good!
If you are getting your caffeine from coffee, start brewing it with half decaf. If you are getting it from diet cola, switch to decaf or start drinking other flavors (I'm drinking diet ginger ale as I write). If you are getting it from Excedrin (my former drug of choice), start taking just one. In other words, ease yourself off it. It may take quite awhile to get off caffeine completely, but believe me...it will be worth the effort! You have no idea how good it feels to wake up without a headache and not get one all day long. I had a constant headache for over 30 years--now I get about two a year. If that!
I had a few the first couple of days. Not so much now. What I am is BORED with the food I'm allowed to eat. Eggs, salad, cheese sticks, raw veggies, grilled meat, salad. Things got a little better once I discovered sugar free popsicles and low carb/low sugar yogurt. I can't wait to eat oatmeal for my Sunday breakfast; I'm even indulging and making steel cut oats with strawberries! On the plus side, I AM losing weight, my fingernails are growing like crazy from all the protein, and I'm rarely hungry. I hope I can transition carbs back in and still lose weight, as I don't care for all the meat eating I'm doing right now.
EDITED TO ADD: South Beach allows moderate amounts of caffeine. I wouldn't have started it if the plan required me to give up my morning coffee.
This message has been edited by DarcyMae on Apr 19, 2011 7:24 PM
I have lost 12 pounds since January and I can fit into my summer clothes that I had before I lost my job. Some are still a little tight so as I continue to loose I will still have clothes.
I have been shopping for mostly produce and dairy. The rest of everything I have here. I have been trying to eat out of the freezer since we have talked about getting a new one since the beginning of the year. We missed the rebate but a new refrigerator is being delivered on Friday.
Even though I have lots of scented lotions I have bought some unscented ones for dh. I have shampoos that used to be fine before I started dying my hair but now they leave my hair like straw. I will be using them for hand soap and have purchased better quality.
I have a ton of books to read. The new ones I buy are only $1 at half price books but until my shelves can hold what I have I need to stop buying new books.
I am finding the price of items is not the problem but where to store the items. I am living in the house I shared with the two kids - they are gone but every room is full (or over full).
I am off for the next few days - I've got big plans to get at least ONE room cleaned out of things we don't need.
I've got GOOD quality metal bunkbeds - and I'm debating whether to keep them for the grands when they're here, or to sell them and replace them with a full/queen bed for company? I'm thinking the latter. I want to get rid of all the furniture in that room, and start from scratch! (Means I have to clean the closet out too, ugh!
I don't want to be my grandma, I don't want to be my grandma, I don't want to be my grandma..... I think I need to write that about 1000 times today, to motivate me to do something about it!
I think I'm used up, and worn out, does that count? LOL!
April 19 2011, 8:28 AM
It took everything in the bank to pay uncle Sam without robbing the savings account.... since I'm trying to NOT tap into savings, we're eating our pantry down this week, and NOT eating out.
We had soup and quesidilla's last night, with leftover chicken. Tonight will be fruit, corn on the cob, salad and ?burgers or dogs on the grill... or possibly salmon patties, fruit, salad, and mac and cheese, but I'm leaning toward grilling if the storm isn't here yet.
I've got a grocery list - of things we are actually out of, instead of things we need to restock - I am usually stocked well, but we've been eating down our stock for some time, saving for tax day.
We're also trying to get back to eating better - portion control,and more fresh fruits/veggies, and smaller portion carbs. We're also walking more, now that the weather will cooperate with us somewhat.
but I've started to think of it as normal. Is that bad?(LOL)
You remember my star chairs that were different colors. Well this weekend I repainted them with paint already here. I didn't have some of the colors I really liked but I didn't mind using up what I had. Which was part of 14 different spray cans. And awhile ago we visited the Habitat restore and found lots of paint on the cheap. So when we want some more that will be the first place we look.
And the big making do around here is no AC. We have window units(or would have used it already) and they need cleaning and installing. It was so hot yesterday and I didn't feel good but I did survive with just fans. We are trying to hold out until May, don't know if it will happen or not. Fans and no cooking has worked so far.
that is for sure. It was 91 at 10pm in the house yesterday. Even the silly dog who always sleeps in the house stayed outside. Its 90 in here right now, and that is with doors and windows open. But as soon as we turn on the ac our electric bill jumps at the minimum $100, and a lot more than that by august.
Sandy in MI (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
April 19 2011, 12:00 PM
The things I targeted awhile back are finally gone and I've had to buy more - lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner. I'm still working on the stockpile of cleaners. Some of the ones I don't want to use up may end up in the garage sale free box. I have a big bottle of bathroom cleaner and a bottle of Febreze-type product that I can't stand the smell of and won't ever use.
I don't know what I'm going to do when the bleach is gone, vinegar maybe. But I've heard other people say that without an occasional load of laundry with bleach, front load washers start to smell moldy.
The road to success is always under construction.