Fitness Friday: At the beginning of the road

The mandatory "I'm ready to leave this number behind picture."
The mandatory “I’m ready to leave this number behind picture.”

What. A. Week.

We moved to Western New York this week. It’s been really busy around here, to say the least. I’m happy that pretty much everything is unpack except for my playroom. There’s always one room, right?

I’ve been avoiding the scale for months but I promised my body that I would see where this journey will begin so we can prepare a good roadmap to our success. It was not pretty – at all!

Once we got the weigh-in out of the picture, it was time to start tracking my meals. For this I’m relying in the super duper app MyFitnessPal. This week, it was a healthier frozen meals kind of week. They are not my favorite but there was no time for cooking and cleaning dishes. This worked really well for me.

"It's going down, I'm yelling timber You better move, you..."
“It’s going down, I’m yelling timber
You better move, you better…”

This was the perfect first quick win my ego needed to keep going. Going from “I don’t really want to know how many crappy calories” that I was eating to being strict and strategic about eating only 1,300 calories was more difficult mentally more than anything else.

The plan going forward is going to be to take advantage of the fact that we have a new area to discover and be more active. For example, this weekend we are going to check a couple of farmers markets as well as a meat market. I’m excited about the possibilities!

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Time to pivot for a healthier me

This picture was taken almost two months ago. The blouse, thank goodness, is very forgiving! Reality though is that I need to lose at least 35 pounds to be at a healthy weight. | SavvyMujer.comEver since I can remember my family have always associated being happy or celebratory mood with food. This has been a tradition that I have pretty much implemented with my own family.

Well, these past two years have been full of celebratory and happy moments… read: I have found every excuse to eat too much and well, it shows.

Now, it’s time to embrace the goals I had set at the beginning of the year and get going with my running.

This picture was taken almost two months ago. The blouse, thank goodness, is very forgiving! Reality though is that I need to lose at least 35 pounds to be at a healthy weight.

The plan is to journal here about what steps I’m doing that can help you as well to reclaim our healthy bodies. From healthy recipes, guilty pleasure cocktails and testing apps and products while making this lifestyle change to Friday Confessionals!

There’s nothing better than public accountability to get to work… so, here we go:

Let’s do this!

Save $$ On Your Paleo Diet

So you've hopped on the paleo diet bandwagon, without realizing how expensive it can be? Have no fear: I'm the queen of paleo on a budget! Follow these tips and you'll be saving big in no time!So you’ve hopped on the paleo diet bandwagon, without realizing how expensive it can be? Have no fear: I’m the queen of paleo on a budget! Follow these tips and you’ll be saving big in no time!

Plan your meals. Meal planning is a wonderful way to save time and money on your paleo diet. There are so many helpful paleo websites out there! Just do a simple Google search for “paleo meal plan ideas” or “paleo menu plan” and you’ll see that there’s no shortage of ideas!

Buy in bulk. Buy oils (like olive oil, coconut oil, etc) in large quantities. Buy a whole chicken, cook it in your crock pot, and use the bones to make chicken stock.

You can also buy 1/4 or even 1/2 of a grass-fed cow. According to The Paleo Mama, their 1/4th grass-fed cow yielded 64 pounds of ground meat, 8 rib eyes, 9 T-Bones, 3 Liver, 7 Sirloin, 4 Roasts, and 7 Cube Steaks. It cost about $4.50 a pound. That’s a huge savings!

Get used to eating organs. This one might sound kind of skeevy at first, but organs are seriously the cheapest sources of meat around. Often, they’re also the most nutritious. Think: liver, kidneys, and heart. To get over the ickiness of eating organs, try awesome recipes like this easy chicken liver pate.

Grow your own vegetables. If you can’t grow your own, consider finding a local co-op or farmer’s market to get your own organic produce at a fraction of the cost that supermarkets charge. Picking your own produce is fun and educational for the kids, plus it’s generally more affordable than shopping a big name store… not to mention how much better it is when it’s fresh!

DIY when possible. Make your own food when possible, instead of buying into convenience. Make your own paleo granola, trail mix, and other nutritious snacks to save big. Instead of eating out, pack your own lunches.

Eat eggs! Some folks that follow a paleo diet only eat a few eggs a week (the “recommended” is six), but if you’re not able to afford much meat, eggs are an inexpensive way to get quick protein and add variety to your meals. Whether it’s fried eggs, scrambled eggs, or some type of quiche, eggs are super versatile!

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How have you been able to save money while eating paleo? Leave your tips in the comments!

Gluten Free on a Budget

Love living gluten-free but don’t love how expensive it can be at times? I’ve shared simple tips to go gluten-free and now want to share these money saving tips to go gluten-free on a budget! Make your own. Yes, the gluten-free mixes available nowadays are amazing! However, they’re expensive. So, to save some moolah (andKeep reading