Friday, January 5, 2018

Cold and Flu Season Soup - Vegan and Cheap!

This is so easy when you want some warm antioxidants to cure all that ails. 

Quinoa noodles or regular pasta, tossed in some hot water with white miso paste, cubed firm tofu, crushed red pepper for those pesky sinuses.., and Italian parsely.  

This is easy cuppa soup that is healthy and will soothe a cold, flu or cold snowy day.  


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Vegan at 7-11. Hmmmmm!

I found these little gems at the 7-11.  They are mostly flour and oil but they are yummmmmmy!!!!

I want to eat 70 of them.  Haha!  $2.50 and they are a nice little treat. They taste just like regular cookies. 

I had half of one of these bad boys and a banana for lunch. Drank some Fiji water and there you have it. Lunch for $5 at a convenience store. Mucho better than a hot dog and wings and fake pizza from the "warmer" at the 7-11 counter.  

Thanks for having an option that was reasonable for me!  I'm loving it. 

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Love Culture! Cheap Sexy Clothes!

I love this website.  When I lost 40lbs I had to rebuild my entire wardrobe. I Iooked homeless in my size 16 clothes when I had dropped down to a 6. 

Love Culture allowed me to purchase in a way that saved me money on staples. Things like bras, panties, basic black and white tops to wear with slacks....basic wardrobe builders that I really needed to start over.  

These pieces didn't cost a lot but best of all, the quality is decent.  When I lose more weight, I won't feel bad about letting these pieces go. 

Everything doesn't have to come from Neimans. :-)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Exercise at Home. It's Cheaper

I love the gym.  It's my sanctuary.  To me exercise is life and therapy and my daily vacation.  But for those of you trying to save every dime you can, exercise at home is the way to go.  

You can purchase cheap used equipment online and set up a nice home gym for yourself for a fraction of the cost of a gym membership over time.  

Also, if you take your cardio outside and walk or run, you get the best of both worlds. You can exercise to help you be stronger and the sunlight helps with vitamin d production and fights depression!  Win win!

I just recently invested in a pull up bar. 

I love her....

She was $30 bucks on Amazon.  I found a coupon over the holidays.  The pull up is king of back exercises and a quick way to build core strength.  

Wish me luck!!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Breakfast!

Here is my cheap easy solution to french toast!  

Why do I need a solution to french toast?  Because that's what everyone is eating on Christmas morning!  Not meeeeee!  I make a banging french toast for my family who adores my recipe and then I consume this.  

Pineapples, strawberries, green veggie powder, spinach and a dash of raw sugar.  Yes it's delicious!  Yes it's easy! No I don't care about the damn french toast.  I feel good about my body. I have no holiday meal hangover. I am happy with my progress.  That's a Merry Christmas I'll take any day over white bread and syrup. 

No judgements though.... Enjoy your holiday meals and then get on your grind. I'm happy to enjoy treats now and then.  But today wasn't that day for me.  Do what leads you to the place you want to be and then keep doing that.  Those choices are where your happiness lies.  

I promise. :-)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Quickest Dinner Ever!

This is my favorite go to meal when I have one tomato, one lemon and possibly some fresh herbs in the fridge that need to be used up.  (Dried herbs work fine too!)

Toss some hot pasta in olive oil, garlic powder or smashed garlic clove, red pepper. Cut up a tomato and add to the pasta.  Top with fresh herbs. BOOM!

Dinner is served. I love this after an evening run.  

Bon appetit!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Holiday Helpers

Most people eat for weeks on end during the holidays.  Really the holidays are only about 3 to 6 days depending on what you celebrate.  It's really not a 2 month feeding frenzy like some of us think. 

Here are some tips to help you maintain your progress during the holidays. 

1. Eat healthy all day every day.  
2. Treat holiday events as a cheat meal. 
3. Exercise daily.  Even if it's just a short walk, stretch or a few crunches or squats. Keep your momentum. 
4.  Bring a fruit bowl and veggie platter to events so you always have food. 

5. Drink a bottle of fresh squeezed juice or fresh smoothie on the way to the event.  
6. Start a water challenge.  Aim for a gallon or a little less than a gallon a day so you keep your metabolism going. Make it easier for your body to flush out the toxins. 
7. Start a bedtime crunch challenge.  Do 100 crunches every other night.  
8. Keep fresh fruit in the house on your counters, in your fridge. Make it easy to eat healthy. 
9. Give fitness gifts. I give fruit platters, motivational books, yoga mats, organic breads, healthy cookbooks, homemade healthy treats.  The gift of a coffee mug with some green tea bags and candles is a nice way to show someone you are thinking of them AND it's inexpensive! 
10. Relax and enjoy yourself. Have a treat. Hug family and friends.  Realize that the holidays are a time to share and appreciate what we have. 

Happy holidays!