Making Some Big Changes…

healthiswealth  I had a dr’s appointment last week, and the visit didn’t go well.  Which didn’t come as any surprise, I knew I wasn’t doing a good job taking care of my health.  Seeing the disappointed look on my doctor’s face made me realize how bad it truly was, though.  I was expecting her to yell at me or threaten me, but she just shook her head sadly and said we had to do something.  I nodded and agreed, not meaning it at all, but I do what I have to in order to get the refills on the medications I have to have and get out of there.

I came home that evening, though, and was talking to my mom.  We weren’t really talking about my bad visit, but I was ruminating on it in the back of my mind.  I made the comment that I wished I could find the motivation to care about eating healthy for more than two hours at a time.  She made a passing remark in return about considering doing Weight Watchers again.  My first reaction was… Perish the thought!  Paying money to join Weight Watchers!

But I started ruminating on that, and realized that the last time I had any success at all at losing weight, it was when I did Weight Watchers.  I quit, and then, for many reasons, gained all the weight back.  But when I was going to Weight Watchers and doing the program, I was losing weight.  Still, though… I was having a hard time with the notion of spending the money.  I decided to just look on the website and see how much it was, and they were having a special where I could get one month both online and meetings, with no start up fee, for a good price.  I mentioned it to Hubs and he told me to go for it, since he also remembered that the last time I successfully lost any weight was with Weight Watchers.

20180422_201450.jpg So I signed up that night.  I looked on the website to see when the first meeting I could go to would be, and there was one at 10 am the next morning near me.  I’m NOT a morning person and wasn’t sure I’d be able to get out of bed and go, so I noted there was also a 12:30 pm one that seemed more likely.  Little did I know, apparently my psyche was so starved for me to take the reins to do something healthy and good for myself that it was excited enough to wake up two hours early for the early meeting!  I was up and ready to go, and couldn’t wait for time.  I was a little nervous, but I knew I needed to do it and I knew it was the right decision.  So I went to that meeting.  I met the Leader, who was great.  She was sweet and friendly and made me feel at home.  I faced the dreaded scale.  I sat through the meeting and listened to other people talk.  And when I was done, I felt like I was finally on the right track.

 

I came home that night and started to make plans for eating healthier.  Following the plan {as with any healthy eating routine, for that matter} obviously meant lots of produce and healthy food.  I picked up a few things at Costco when we had to go grab a couple items, and made a list for the grocery store for the next day.  I knew this was going to be the arena that makes or breaks me.  People argue endlessly over whether it’s cheaper to eat healthy or to eat crap, and I’m not going to get into that argument, but what I AM going to say is that it is very easily possible to spend a LOT of money buying healthy foods.  Especially if you buy foods that are considered “health food”.  So I decided that those specialty items were just not going to be a part of my diet unless I found a great deal on them.  Instead, I would just eat healthy, regular foods.  Sure, they might be a little more expensive than if I was eating the cheapest of cheap foods, but I could still do it on a budget.  It didn’t have to be all or nothing, which is my most guilty habit.

One example of how it can be very expensive to eat healthy food is cauliflower rice.  If you buy pre-riced cauliflower, either fresh or frozen, it’s expensive.  No two ways about it, it’s expensive.  It’s a great side dish for meals and wonderful for your health but killer on the wallet.  So today we did this:

I have a food processor of sorts that turned 4 heads of cauliflower into 4 bags of riced cauliflower, lickety split!  All we had to do then was stick it in the freezer, and now we have pre-riced cauliflower for meals when we want it.  This was cauliflower bought for $.69/lb, as compared to $4 bags of riced cauliflower.  I didn’t weigh it all and do the math, but my guess is that we saved easily $10-$12 on the 4 bags we made, maybe more.  That’s some pretty good savings for a few minutes of time invested and work.

To help keep the costs of eating on the Weight Watcher’s plan lower, there will be lots of instances of doing things ourselves.  Making things ourselves, from scratch, will make it easier to ensure that they are healthy while also saving money on them.  That, and focusing on eating the foods on sale each week, will be our primary plans of attack to help with the grocery bill.  If you have stores in your area that do good sales, it can often provide a significant savings to eat the produce and things that are on sale in a given week.

And of course we are keeping up with other frugal habits like avoiding restaurants most of the time, not spending money on things we don’t actually NEED, getting our entertainment from the library and plain ol’ staying home so we aren’t tempted to go thru drive thrus and Starbucks!  While focusing on my health is a big change, some things are staying the same.

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2 Comments

  1. You go girl! I’m so proud of you for getting back on track😍. And I love reading your blog posts- so please keep the posts coming 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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