Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 30, 2009

Item #51: We're well on our way to meeting our goal of losing 15 pounds each. H has now met this goal ... I think he's lost a total of 18 pounds, and I've lost 12.4 pounds & plan to just keep on trucking. I can attribute most of my weight loss to ...

Item #57: wherein we make all of our food from scratch for 2 weeks. After struggling to lose more than 8 pounds, despite restricting my caloric intake & increasing my exercise to an hour a day 5 days a week, I've dropped 4 pounds in the last week! So, needless to say we're probably going to stick with making a LOT of our own food from here on out. We are thinking about planning on 3 or 4 meals a week that are made outside our home, whether it's dining out at a restaurant or just throwing a frozen pizza in the oven.

Item #85: Forgot to mention I sent a surprise care package to a ... get this, friend's son's friend. Guy's in the Navy & feeling a bit blue, so I packed up some goodies & sent them his way. Just got an email from him this morning about how much it meant to know he was supported. If that isn't the purpose of a care package, I don't know what is!

Item #86: We went to a different farmers' market today, since we were at the Renaissance Faire yesterday & couldn't go to our local one. This one was tiny, but we still picked up some items -- apples, tomatoes, onion, scallions, shallots. Wish I'd gotten garlic, now!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009

Item #57: We're embarking upon a 2 week challenge ... to eat food only that we've made from scratch. Our concessions include using pre-made condiments & to buy whole grain bread from bakeries where it's been made with no preservatives (i.e. they have made it from scratch). 2 meals in & we are doing good!

Item #86: Made another trip to the farmers' market ... and will probably make 2 more in the next 2 weeks, to help with our item above, but we may not do it together, so it won't count, if it's not a shared activity. We have a whole 'nother season next year to get to, if we can't tackle this by the middle of October.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August 18, 2009

Item #31: I don't know if we'll make it super regularly, but we have found an excellent bread recipe. It makes 4 small loaves ... and the dough can hang out in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. We baked 3 loaves in less than 24 hours. We'll make the 4th in another few days, I suspect.

Item #40: I doubt we'll make our goal of 1,000,000 grains of rice ... but I added another 500 to our total, bringing it to 99,000! If anyone wants to play on our behalf and donate, let me know. *wink*

Sunday, August 9, 2009

August 9, 2009

Item #52: We've both been working hard. I've lost 9 pounds so far. H has lost about 11, I think. It'd be awesome to reach our goal of each losing 15 pounds by the end of the summer!

Item #57
: We are gearing up for this & are using up lots of the processed food in the house. We are now having discussions, just like we had about "what exactly do we mean by "fast food" for Item #29, about what we mean by "from scratch." I mean we could make pasta from scratch ... using egg, flour and water ... but is it enough to do it from a box? And we could probably make our own peanut butter ... but is it worth it, considering how much we actually would use? My rule of thumb is that if it's a condiment, we don't have to make it from scratch. I am not repopulating our fridge door with homemade ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickle relish or salad dressing, unless I think we'll use it all up in that 2 week time span. But I do think we should make salsa from scratch, primarily because H rarely uses it as a condiment, but as a main course. It is a fascinating discussion!

Item #81: We used up the last of the body scrub! Now we just need to use up the last of the body lotions/creams/butters, the body wash, and the shower gels. The stockpile IS getting smaller!

Item #86: We went to the farmers' market again. And SCORED. A 10 lb box of blueberries for $25. That berry seller is awesome. We also have a "bucket" of peaches -- I don't know how many, maybe about 4 pounds/10 peaches. And 2 ears of corn. And celery. And 2 bell peppers. And kettle corn. And 4 tomatoes. And 4 potatoes. Yeah, there'll be some fine eating today. H made ribs last night, too. Oooooh. Mmmmm.