This weekend was just what I needed even though my brain was telling me I should be on the “go, go, go” constantly. I need to remind myself that it is okay to just sit back and be lazy. I do not have to do something every single day. The world will not hate me tomorrow if I turn down plans. I know that sounds a little ridiculous but that always seems to be one of my fears. If I don’t do something every single day, the whole world is going to know the next… and they are going to think less of me. But this weekend, I pushed those thoughts away and just spent the weekend being pretty much a lazy bum (minus the whole horseback riding bareback and doing a few walks around the neighborhood). I ended up getting hooked on Vampire Dairies on Saturday. Ah, the wonders of having instant netflix… I watched way too many episodes that I am ashamed to say. Those are hours in my life I will never get back… but oh my, those were hours spent watching some pretty sexy vampires. That do not sparkle. Ahem.
Then we also spent Sunday evening driving around and through neighborhoods to get ideas about our future home. I absolutely love dreaming and scheming! My dream home has about 10 acres, a small horse barn (maybe 3 – 4 stalls), a wrap around porch, 4 bedrooms, an island in the kitchen, and an oven that is off the ground. I am not so picky about color but I really love yellow, a dark green, or also a dark sort of blue. Not like burn out your retinas kind of blue. I would even go white with some kind of darker trim. I would love to have a pool but it will probably end up being one of those above ground pools which is totally fine with me. I also like thinking about our future children. Somehow, someway, I want kids in my life. Either adopting, having them myself (if I can), or taking them off the street (shhh… I didn’t say that), I really want the laughter and memories of kids to fill my home and life. It is going to be a few years, though. Not settling down until after I complete school so we are looking another 4 years.
Meanwhile, we are finally starting to save up money. Our spending was getting a little out of this world. The way we are thinking about our finances is that our spending was “obese,” and needed a whole overhaul on how we were treating it. So it is pretty much like losing weight which I know I can do… so I should also be able to save. It’s actually a little bit harder than I thought! We started by making a budget. We are spending 50 – 60 dollars a week on groceries, we are setting aside $100 every month for eating out, and we are putting $100 into savings every week (hopefully). We started the budget thing last week and already have done our weeks worth of shopping. It was tough but the key is to make meals that last a long time. On Saturday, the husband made taco meat with ground beef and drained out most of the fat. We got yellow corn tortillas (24 of them for only 3 bucks!) and we had left over guacamole from a few days before that, so we put a tablespoon of meat on each tortilla, 2 tablespoons of shredded Mexican Cheese, a handful of lettuce cut up into slices, and a little bit of salsa. We each had 2 tacos for a total of 380 – 400 calories altogether. The best part is that it made enough for over 4 days of meals… coming out to average around $1.50 a meal or something like that. It’s really cheap. We also got some black beans that were made up yesterday (did not realize it was such a process!) but I will be having that today instead of the taco meat since it is Meatless Monday! So now that we are getting our budget into shape, I will be posting more budget friendly healthy meals for you! Because that is definitely one of the things I hear the most is that you cannot eat healthy because it is too expensive. I am here to say otherwise!
With the combination of the first week of my two week sugar detox, thinking about finances, watching how much we are actually eating… I was able to drop quite a bit of weight. I haven’t lost this much weight in a week for a very long time! The magic number is…
That’s right, folks! I have lost 62 pounds. Surpassing the 60 pound mark, and still kicking some serious butt. I lost 3 pounds in a week which I am still not quite sure how that happened but it definitely feels awesome. I only have 6 more pounds to go to be under 200, and I know that I can definitely do it. So excited right now!
How was YOUR weekend? Did you stay shut in and cuddled with blankets while it rain outside? Did you go dance in the sun rays? Lie out on the beach?