Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Learning to Cut Back

I've been pretty busy these past weeks and every time I think about writing a new blog I just try to hide. It's not that I don't like writing them but it's just one more item demanding time I can't seem to put aside that still has my brain functioning well enough to type. :)
My grocery shopping has been a little out of hand though I have several meals worth of food stored back my small storage area is getting much too filled and while I may be staying within budget it's just barely so my goal is to try and cut back and use what I have and not to stock up on items I don't use very often (liked diced canned tomatoes which I now have a ton of).
We have also decided to cut down to 1 lb of meat meals (though I'm bad about that with chicken) and subsituting with more vegetables.
I have started trying to work on a 2 week menu instead of my 1 week menu, at least until I've used up some of my back stock of food.
  1. Chicken Fajitas
  2. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  3. Pork Loin Roast, Mash Potatoes & Green Beans
  4. Hamburger Helper
  5. Banquet Country Chicken, Mash Potatoes & Biscuit Bake
  6. Pizza
  7. Sliced Turkey & Gravy, Mash Potatoes, Bread & Corn
  8. Breakfast for Dinner
  9. Cheesy Chicken
  10. Spagetti & Meatballs
  11. Breaded Pork Chops, Mash Potatoes & Gravy, & Peas
  12. Pizza
  13. & 14. Unknown yet.
The sad thing is that other than for the last two meals I am not going to need to buy anything which gives a clue on how back stocked I am.

I'm also working on a diet where I'm trying to cut back on my portion size which is the main culprit of my weight problem.
I have also started back into watching Hoarders for the motivation I needed to start going through my junk boxes where I kind of scooped things up and put them in a box just to get them out of the way. I've gone through 2 large boxes of stuff but still have several more and I want to start packing away some of the kids toys into storage (yes I'm hoarding those for the time being - it's bad but maybe after I take it out of mine and the girls life for a few months I can come to terms that we really don't need it any more).
My goal this year is to lose 20 lbs, have the laundry room organized including with new shelves for items we don't use as much like the large crockpot & party supplies, to let go of items I don't use or really need to help take some of the clutter out of my life. The weight goal will be my hardest so if I can accomplish the other two I will still be extremely happy but at least putting forth the effort is better than doing nothing at all even if I faulter a few times starting again is better than all together stopping the effort.
Time to get into the kitchen to start that roast so I can get to work :)
The girls and I painted bird houses this weekend. I'm getting all ready for spring and got my seeds in and as soon as it warms up just a bit more we will be out weeding the garden boxes and decorating the yard so it will be beautiful after all the winter brown.

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