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    I've had more than 1 PM asking me about what my weekly food intake looks like. I've adjusted quite well to intermittent fasting, and true to my military tummy nature, I can now tell when it's 1pm without any phone use because my tummy starts growling.

    I spend anywhere between $35-40ish on food a week. I had this budget all year last year, and it is easier to stick to and make room in now that I am not factoring in breakfasts. This week is a little off since we're traveling... but that's okay. This week:

    Sun: Started out eating a simple snack pack (one of those fancy Hillshire ones). I went in 50/50 with a friend on a large green pizza (banana peppers, spinach, goat cheese and mozzarella, broccoli, and bell pepper and onion) while we were out and about, and I bought some rice krispie christmas mini-snacks and almonds from the flea market, as well as 2 avocados, 1 sweet potato, and guavas. $0.50 for the snack pack, $11 for the pizza (I ate 3 slices, shared some, and had 1 slice leftover that I took home), $2.50 for the almonds, and $3 for the rice krispies (32 came in a box. Makes them about $0.09 each.), $3 for the fruit at the flea market. I already had the snack pack from the previous week, so total for the day was $19.50.

    Mon: Today, I ate the leftover slice of pizza, and some almonds to start with. I have some re-grown green onions I'll be chopping up and using leftover cabbage, mushrooms, sweet potato, and carrots that will be turned into a simple clear soup. Lettuce, cucumber, and wakame I already own will be a wakame salad in a couple hours. I have some defrosted tuna I forgot I bought weeks ago that will serve as the main dish on top of some rice. (I buy my rice in 10 lb bags, so it usually lasts me 6-7 months at a time for $15 each. The tuna costed around $6-7 at the time.) Total cost for the day: $0.

    Tues: Will be a repeat of monday using the other 3oz of fish, with the exception that I will swap out the pizza indulgence for avocado toast (we buy bread for <$1 a loaf at the flea market for decent pepperidge farm bread, so we have plenty from the last time we bought 6/$5 still) and instead of soup I'll be mixing wasabi, mayo, ginger, and soy sauce and tossing cabbage and lettuce in it to coat it.. then mix it all with the leftover rice. Leftover wakame salad from yesterday too. Again, $0 thanks to already bought and long-lasting ingredients.

    Wed: Will need milk by that point, and more cereal! A trip to dickie's (one of the discount grocery stores in the area) will be needed, and Aldi. I'll stop on my way home from work. Milk costs $2 at Aldi and biscuits (for later) $1, and cereal is 2 boxes for $1.50 at dickies. Going with eggs, toast, and the other half of the avocado today, and changing it up with some mussels in the freezer steamed over rice with the mussel sauce on top. Total: $4.50

    Thurs: We're traveling to KY! Just for a couple days. Likely going to be eating out, and budgeting $6 for a cheap meal + packing all the travel snacks with me too. It's a good way to get rid of the stuff we've been meaning to eat. I might not actually spend that much, but giving myself room for it. Total: $6

    Fri: Hanging out in KY, I am not sure of the budget here, but I know breakfast will be free thanks to the hotel we'll be at, so I'll be bringing fruit in my pocket as a snack and grabbing some freebies for after 1pm. I'm budgeting $10 for the day which will likely be spent at a single place. We might make the trip back home by now and I'll eat at home IF we left on Wed night instead of Thurs morning. But either way, I'll have packed some food to take with me for today too just in case. Total: $10

    Sat: Lazy eating day... cereal, salads, toast and avocado, fruit, yogurt, and the can of biscuits + the rest of the mushrooms and sweet potato + the sausage in the freezer to make sausage gravy and biscuits. Total: $0.

    Even with an off week where I am eating out a ton I'm still spending $40 for the whole week. I budget my food by how much it costs to buy When I buy it. (i.e. I count the bag of rice as $15 that week, and $0 for every single serving until I have to buy it again. I count veggies by how much they cost when I buy them, and $0 as ingredients if they're used multiple days/weeks. I do NOT budget based on serving, because sometimes food doesn't last and you throw it out, and I think it makes it too easy to blow a budget..) As long as I stay close to and hopefully under $40 a week it is a good week to me.

    Example of a grocery haul I made recently.. this was probably 2-3 weeks ago and many of these ingredients will last me multiple weeks or even over a month:

    - Sashimi grade frozen tuna - $15
    - Bottle of wasabi - $1
    - Bottle of ginger - $2
    - Miso paste - $4
    - Various vegetables including limes, napa cabbage, potatoes, various mushrooms, lettuce, and carrots - $10
    - Fruit and a tub of yogurt - $3
    - Pre-made snacks of cheese, dried fruit, and chocolate pieces inside that were 3/$1 - $2

    Total: $37. If I buy a cheaper meat like shrimp (usually $7 a bag at aldi or $8 at the asian grocery), or canned tuna, or chicken and tofu, this would go way down, and I've had grocery hauls that were closer to $20-30 and had much more in it, but the tuna was on sale and I like making poke bowls at home so I went for it and adjusted a bit. I haven't eaten that tuna yet, but probably will defrost it next week to have 2 days of fish when I know I'll be busy and home to eat.

    A couple weeks from now I'll be defrosting and roasting an entire turkey, because it was only $5 for the big guy on clearance after thanksgiving, and I will have access to an electric roaster I can borrow from a friend when they get back from their honeymoon. That turkey will be split up, shredded, and packaged into the freezer as multiple weeks worth of meat, and I'll make some broth from the bones and freeze that as well... which will free up my budget for over a month to add some nice things I normally don't get to buy with meat taking up my budget. So a week of nice sushi, or a bowl of pho or homemade shabu shabu, or even just nicer ingredients from Trader Joes or something. Whatever I decide really.

    So, that's basically my week and some of my budgeting in a nutshell! Not a great display of a super healthy week, but one that's typical of what I am doing, and even with inconsistencies in my schedule, a consistent budget with just a tiny bit of foresight and planning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuu View Post
    Finally starting to loose wieght, about 5lbs in two weeks.

    A lot was just because I had to cut out dairy. No dairy, fewer calories AND less coffee, less coffee less sugar.

    It’s been very tough to lose wieght since there aren’t really any high-impact exercises I can do. I’ve been doing a lot of hula hooping on my Wii-fit but I’m not sure how effective it will be. Some people say it’s perfect for losing belly fat and other’s say it’s completley pointless.
    Hoola hooping is NOT pointless and definitely burns calories! Wii-fit is really fun, we used to do it all the time when we had one.

    Your friends are right in that it doesn't help lose belly fat--because No exercise works that way. You lose fat, and it will melt off as your body can. If you eat more calories than you burn, you won't lose any, but in general any exercise helps toward fat-loss goals. Doesn't matter if it's super serious stuff or fun games and hoola hoops. Weight lifting will help in this a lot, because much of it is low impact, and building muscles will help burn fat easier especially if you have knee/joint issues and cannot run, jump, have no access to a pool or can't swim, etc.

    If you're looking for any low-impact exercises though to change it up, fitness blender does offer many full low-impact exercise programs.
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    We used to just change regular workouts for my mom too. If it was too fast, she just slowed it down. If it called for jumping, she stepped. If she had to get on the floor, we paused it and gave her time to get down safely. If it was too difficult, she just marched in place instead. We did this for P90X and worked out together, and it worked out rather well for her.
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    I can now deadlift 200lbs very easily. My leg press is at 350lbs. My bench press is still shit at 140lbs (working on imbalances after an injury). My squat is about 190lbs.

    I would like to work overhead presses back into my routine along with farmer's carries. My farmer's carries are currently 130lbs and I walk about half a mile around the gym with them.

    I lost a little strength recently because I lost some fat (thanks keto!) but I'm back to working my way to the 200lb club!! 💪🏼🏋🏻bless♀️

    Yeah, btw, I'm a bodybuilder.


    (I'm at my 500th post yay!)
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    I haven't had a single sugary drink for a whole week now. Tea (unsweetened of course) is an amazing substitute.


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    @magpie forces me to drink water by actually holding me down and shoving it down my throat.

    Wait a second I think she's actually just waterboarding me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yama View Post
    @magpie forces me to drink water by actually holding me down and shoving it down my throat.

    Wait a second I think she's actually just waterboarding me
    *wonders how many people read this and believed it*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smilephantomhive View Post
    I haven't had a single sugary drink for a whole week now. Tea (unsweetened of course) is an amazing substitute.
    This has been my go-to drink for years. Decaf now and I use tea made specifically for iced tea - that really makes a difference.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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    Started counting calories today and met my goal for my calorie deficit.

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    Going to..

    Exercise and eat a bit healthier

    Here goes nothing...

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