I feel like I spent most of this weekend hemorrhaging money, and most of that went into food for me and DH or for the cats. I kicked off the weekend with a trip to my hairdresser Dante who helped me shed around a pound of hair. As always with short hair, this was a huge relief since it only takes a few weeks for my coarse, semi-wavy hair to go from cute and trendy to shaggy and poufy. Trailing itchy hair clippings along the way, I rolled out to the Asian grocery store (cheap $1.15 tofu, some frozen dumplings, and other staples of a Taiwanese kitchen), Winn-Dixie (cheap produce, shampoo, and sausage for more jambalaya), and Walgreens (Halloween candy, facial cleanser, and super deals on organic seed-based trail mix and raw almonds).
Then I took a break at the house to unload all of the frozen and refrigerated items and hit up my local library to get my early voting done. I had to wait about 15 minutes, but the process was relatively painless, and I feel so relieved that I have done my part as an American citizen.
I bought 4 bags of good candy for $5 to hand out on Friday. By “good” I mean “stuff involving chocolate, caramel, and nuts that I would love to eat myself” vs. “bad” candy like nasty Good ‘n’ Plenty, candy corn, cheap lollipops, and Sweet Tarts. I told DH that neither of us was allowed to bust open the bags until Friday evening when the first trick or treaters ring the doorbell. I feel pretty committed to getting my body fat down to 18% by 12/31, but even my willpower cannot withstand a bucket full of Snickers, Milky Ways, and Peanut M&Ms for 7 days.
On Sunday, I checked out the Maitland farmer’s market with a friend and wound up picking up a ton of fresh produce for just $7.75, including a huge head of Romaine lettuce, 8 large tangerines, a quart of mini purple eggplants, 2 ginormous red peppers, 3 green peppers, and 3 persimmons. There were also sweet potatoes for sale at very decent prices, but I opted to hold off until I could dig around in my yard and see if my own homegrown Vardaman sweet potatoes were ready to harvest first. Between listening to Skinny Bitch and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I am starting to become mildly paranoid about my produce sources, so it’s great to discover that there are three farmer’s markets within 10 miles of my house on the weekend. I’ll definitely be going again next week; I may even try the Winter Park market on Saturday morning.
I’m also somewhat tempted to try selling some of my homemade, protein-fortified granola cookies, bars, and red bean paste buns at one of these markets in the future…or convince my Dad to do a weekend Chinese beefy noodle stand.
After the farmer’s market, I stopped at Petco for some posh Pet Promise cat food (on sale) and canned Friskies for my feline kids since the store had kindly sent me a $5 off total purchase coupon. (I realized when I got home that it was more like $12 off since the cashier somehow rang up my 15 cans of cat food as just 2.) Miracle of miracles, I managed not to adopt another cat even though there was a totally adorable young one with white socks and a splotches of grey tabby and tan markings on it. It’s probably a good thing I’m not single anymore, or I’d be a total Woman With Cats.
Anyhow, two more stops on the way home at Michael’s Crafts for some paintbrushes for my Pony Project and at Publix for 58 cent chicken and some other groceries, and I finally got to go home and relax with some bulk food prep.
This week I am focusing on a tight diet and getting in my baseline workouts. My strategy for fighting the evening hungries is simple: Take myself to bed with one of DH’s Dungeons and Dragons books as a fast-acting sleeping aid. I am going to stick to just doing the RCR circuits on M/W/F and 30 minutes of intervals + 30 minutes of steady state on T/Th/F as much as possible. If I can get in a recreational skate or walk on circuit days, great, but I am not going to beat myself up if I cannot squeeze them in. As I’ve mentioned before, too much cardio makes me a very hungry girl, and at this point, I need to keep the intake under control if I want to get down to 139.x by next Monday.
Week 5 measurements and pics will be up tomorrow! I haven’t had time to download them from the camera and add them to my composites yet.
It is worth noting that my boobage has come down by 3″ since starting RCR from 36.5″ to 33.5″. This is my single most impressive area of loss. Alas, not even Valerie can keep the gals from leaving me when my body fat drops.
1. 60g oats and raisins, 1/2 c. spinach, 3 egg whites, 6 pieces chili radish
2. 3 oz. raspberry chicken breast, 1 c. peas and green beans, 1/2 c. veggie fried brown rice
3. 14g almonds, 20g raisins & dried cranberries
4. 4 oz. sauteed tofu, 1 t. chili paste, 1/2 c. spinach, 85g baby carrots, 1 T. ANPB
5. 3/4 Green smoothie (1 c. light soy milk, 1/2 c. cranberry pomegranate juice, 3/4 c. frozen spinach, 1/2 apple, 1/2 small banana, 1/3 c. frozen cranberries)
6. 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tangerine
* Outdoor Walk (15 min)
* RCR Circuit B2 (60 min)