Thursday, June 04, 2009

$3.33 a day: June Stats and Weight Loss

I've pretty much been super boring when it comes to food lately. I tend to get a bit burnt out when I am cooking for work and my home cooking gets super simple. Also, my kids haven't been here much because I have been working until midnight or so every night.  This was a collard wrap filled with tofu, sauerkraut and homemade 1000 island (made from my soybean mayo). Depending on my hunger level I have either a huge salad or a big bowl of soup before work.


Spring Split Pea, Quinoa and Cabbage spiced with Chipotle

I made a HUGE pot of this soup. I used 2 lbs of split peas and an entire head of cabbage. It was spiced with tarragon, thyme and rosemary and of course, spiced up with chipotle peppers. I froze a bunch in 2 cup portions. For some reason, I don't get sick of this soup. 


Just look at these radishes! They are fresh from the garden (not mine unfortunately!)..  I came home and ate almost the whole bunch. Better than chips any day. I used the greens along with some beautiful chard for my salad yesterday. That salad also had cherry tomatoes, a whole avocado and wasabi sesame ginger salad dressing. 

So, along with the bean and grain soups and salads, I've been drinking around 1-2 qts of green smoothies a day and eating melons. 

I am FINALLY LOSING WEIGHT! I know it's because I'm working again and my job is very physical. My prep area is downstairs and my service area is upstairs, so I am up and down stairs all day long and on my feet between 8-10 hours a a day. 

I lost 13 lbs last month! Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Now onto the budget stats:

I spent the entire $100 last month. I will post my shopping list and the prices in my next post. I have my receipts, but haven't typed them out.  I bought a lot more produce than usual and have been eating a whole avocado a day myself.  Since the kids haven't been here as much (which totally sucks. Fortunately, when school is out they will be here again all the time.. I miss them).. I splurged on lots of produce. 

Finally, it is my sons 16th Birthday today! My baby is growing up. Happy Birthday Turin! 

47 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:50 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on the weight loss. I love your blog (I have only posted a comment once) and am so glad that work is going well for you. Simple is awesome, IMHO! Thank you for continuing with your blog; I have really been inspired to work on my own eating habits. I find your blog to be the right balance of raw/cooked/gluten free and your philosophy is amazing. Thank you again. Warmly, andra

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  2. Congrats on the weight loss Melody! That is really exciting and inspiring.

    I hope that your son has a great birthday celebration. 16 is a special one.

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  3. You're doing fabulously, dear Mel!!


    Happy birthday to your son!!

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  4. Congrats on the weight loss!

    Happy birthday to your son!

    Your meals look amazing as always..even when you make "boring" meals they are still fabulous! Just like you!!! :)

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  5. Congratulations on your weight loss! I am so happy for you as I myself have gone through the same experience--though without foods as wonderful looking as yours! I'm also so happy that you have a job again and can live on $3.33 by choice rather than necessity!

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  6. Congratulations on your weight loss! I am so happy for you and understand the challenge as I did the same thing myself though without the amazing food you create. Also, I am glad that you found another job and can create meals on $3.33 by choice rather than necessity!

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  7. Hi Melody, I'm glad you've found work again--I hope it's going really well. And congratulations on the weightloss! 13 lbs is a big deal!

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  8. So impressed that you can do all of your shopping with that amount of money. Something I really need to work on.

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  9. Oh congrats on the weight loss! And that radish is beautiful. I've never thought to reach for a radish when I want chips. Good idea!

    Happy birthday to your son! And glad you're enjoying the new job!

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  10. Wow, that is almost half a pound a day! It looks like you're eating light but satisfying foods. Congratulations! I love, love, love your collard wraps.

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  11. Congrats on the weight loss. Stairs are great when it comes to working out. And "Happy Birthday" to your son. It is amazing how fast time passes. Glad to see you blogging. Hope you have an awesome day.

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  12. It's nice to know that you are doing so well. The weight loss, your new job, I'm very happy for you!
    Happy Birthday to your son!

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  13. Congrats on the weight loss:) Love reading your posts and learning about what you can do with a food budget...thanks!

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  14. Congrats on the weightloss! I am so happy for you. By the way, all your talk about collards made me want to try those wraps you make all the time. And I may have found a substitute for the collard greens, which aren't available here. What do you think about kohlrabi leaves?

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  15. Woah! What a work out. Way to go. And talk about a green smoothie maniac! :)

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  16. 13 pounds?! Wow--congrats! That is great! You must be so pleased :o)

    All of your "super boring" food looks amazing, as always!

    Courtney

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  17. Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you. I know how hard it is and to finally break through and loose!!! Yeepeee!!!

    Happy Birthday to your son. Enjoy and keep up the good work. I know you can do it!!!

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  18. Good on you for the weight loss!

    That soup sounds yummy.

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  19. Your food always looks wonderful! I LOVE those radishes too!

    A very big Happy Birthday to Turin and Congratulations to you on the weight loss!

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  20. wow congrats on the weight loss - that is awesome!!!

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  22. The soup sounds delicious and the weight loss deserves congratulations! This post has a very happy sound to it!

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  23. Congrats on the weight loss and happy birthday to your son. What a wonderful post! I love to hear about "happy news" plus you have such beautiful pics as always!

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  24. What a busy month -- birthdays, weight loss, new job! Wow! All of it is such good news!

    (Since I've been laid off from teaching and started working retail, I've lost a little weight without trying -- all of that running around and stairs, all day long! I hear ya! Who needs a gym membership, anyway?) :)

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  25. congrats on your job and the weight loss! i understand about boring meals when you're tired from work... but yours still look awesome :)

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  26. Congrats on losing weight in a such a tasty and healthy way!!! Your blog has encouraged me to better budget my grocery money. Keep up the great work!

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  27. So glad to hear you are doing so well. Happy 16th Birthday Turin!!!

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  28. Boring? You make me laugh. How could that colorful, luscious food ever be boring?

    Congrats on the weight loss and happy's b'day to your "baby" 16 year old.

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  29. congratulations!
    I want to make that soup. Sounds yum, and if you never get sick of it...

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  30. Congratulations!

    The soup looks yummy. Where I could the recipe? Thanks ^_^

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