Saturday, August 27, 2011

1.59 a lb!

The other day I found boneless/skinless chicken breast for a $1.59/lb. all I had to do was buy at least 3 lbs. DONE!

I bought it on Sunday afternoon, I put it in some Publix Mojo Marinade. (A friend went to Florida in July and brought it back. OMG, so good. But I digress) I let it sit until this morning when I cooked it in my cast iron skillet. After letting it sit I diced it up.
(The diced up chicken)

I then portion it out to 4 oz. I am not sure if 4 oz is the right size however it seems about right. I use the snack size zip loc bags. I am not too strict on the 4 oz. A little over won't kill me. It gives me more control on the amount of food I eat.

The 13lbs I bought, give or take gave me more than 30 servings.

It all fits very nicely in my freezer.

This makes my life so much easier. For lunch during the week I can grab some chicken with some frozen vegetables or I can bring throw on some salad fixings. If I am running late I can buy the lettuce in work cafe and bring in the heavy/expensive chicken from home. This all my friend S's idea. But it has saved me money since I started doing it and I eat better at work and at home. Because I already have half of a healthy meal ready to go. Just throw on salad or frozen veggies. Works for both lunch and dinner. :)

Off to clean before Hurricane Irene strikes!

A Huricane is a comin'

Hurricane Irene is coming!

I have water and food. Worried we will lose electricity. The biggest issue with that is I have well water. No electricity and the pump for the well won't work which means, no flushing the toilet! I will be cleaning the tub and filling w/ water before I go to bed tonight.

When I went to the store to pick up some bread I found some low carb tortillas that looked good then I found Queso Fresco. I know my mom found it all the time when she lived here but I can't seem to find it. I bought some and had a messy but delicious breakfast burrito today. I have some blackbeans that I will use it for

My burrito

My burrito with Trader Joe's Avocado Salsa Verde!

About to hit the gym and get some chocolate. The only provision I forgot last night. I have the essentials, water, bread, vodka, rum and wine.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Rough couple of days. Saturday I did a so-so run with my failing sneakers. Nothing on Sunday. Got new shoes on Monday, no gym. Tuesday morning I woke up to run with my new sneakers. Well, it's getting darker and darker in the mornings. My neighbor couldn't run she did something to her back so I was on my own. Too Dark for a real run. So I went to work early. Which wasn't a great idea because it turned into a 12 hr day and I didn't have enough snacks. Finally went to gym tonight, got there too late for spin class. It had started when I got there and I didn't want to interrupt since it takes me so long to set up. So I ran a bit in my new sneakers

(I live in a rural area, no street lights. It was scary dark. I think it's the end of morning runs, at least for now. Want to check with my neighbor first.)

Worked a 12 hr day yesterday, stopped by Taco Bell on the way home. I got some stuff off the Fresco Menu. First of all, the food was good. I really enjoyed it. This morning I checked the nutrition info. Not nearly as much as I thought. Very reasonable nutrition wise and more satisfying than a burger. As much as I don't like fast food I will definitely do this again as back up when I am running late.

Just talked to neighbor, we are going to give mornings 1 more try. Her hubby got a reflective wrist thing and I have a flashing light that attaches to clothes that I got from the 5k in July. Maybe we will stay on our street vs going to the main road. If it's dark it won't be so bad on a not busy road.

I was planning to go back to Dallas for Thanksgiving. My cousin has started running and getting fit. She and I are going to do a 5k on Thanksgiving if I go. I can't wait. Kind of excited for my family to see how much better I am now.

I live on a road with a lake. This is half my from my house. I love where I live!
This is a picture from the causeway that is my road. This was about 6:45 this morning.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


An earthquake hit south of Washington DC. 437+ miles away I felt it at work. I was on the phone and suddenly was getting motion sickness. (which never happens) then everyone around me was commenting on it. We decided to self evacuate. We all headed outside and we are checking facebook and news sites with our phones. After about 15 minutes we came back inside. My sister lives in Brooklyn, NY. I called her and she is okay she is actually in upstate right now for work and felt something there. I am sure the other sister who lives in San Francisco doesn't think this was a strong earthquake, but I guess my questions is this, how strong was the earthquake that we felt it so far away.

My prayers go out to the people in Mineral Virginia. Hoping everyone is safe there.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Went to Fleet Feet Sports after work and got real running shoes. My sorry $20 generic shoes were good to get me started but they aren't any good anymore. The woman who helped me was super nice had me try on several pairs. Got to run on the treadmill where she watched my foot placement as I run.

It was tax free week here and I had a $10 off coupon. So only $90! I picked up some moisture wicking socks. That should help prevent blisters etc. I am really looking forward to my morning run tomorrow. I did some price searching. Same cost as I would get online and I can support a local business. I feel good about my purchase! Even though its the most money I have ever spent on 1 pair of shoes!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


this is me before my run Saturday. It's a reminder of where I am today. Some day soon I am going to be very grateful I began this journey. I just want a reminder. Disregard my messy house in the background.