Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Weekly Wrap - it's only a towel folks, sorry!

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I'm just a wee bit late with my Weekly Wrap but who gives a rat's ass?  Surely not me. Things are going along fairly well, considering all that's happened over the past month. If I sound a little bitter it's because I AM! 
Ok, down to the facts - there's relief to be found in the facts.


  1. Clean Diet - Can I just say, on the record here, that in the past month I have not eaten a single smartie? I am still drinking homemade juice from my juicer every morning; homemade vegetable soup of some sort for lunch (black bean this week) and a mainly veggie dinner - tonight I'm making veggie fried rice with egg and peas/carrots/onion/tomato. Can't wait! I give myself top marks in this category - no processed food, no pop, no gluten, very little dairy, very little meat. Instead of drinking coffee @ $2.00/day I am making my own "tea" at school from lemons and ginger root. For snacks I make airpopped popcorn and eat almonds.
  2. Budget - I left myself in a bit of a bind for the last two weeks of January giving myself only about $200 to cover gas and food and misc. However, my fridge is FULL of fresh fruits and veg. With only myself to feed I will not need to buy any more food til my next pay day on the 31st. Not even then. I've put in some gas and my tank is 3/4 full. That will carry me through to the 31st no problem. Barring any unforeseen emergencies I should coast into my next pay day on the $$ I have left. (About $73.00) (Plus about $20 in my wallet)
  3. $1500 shortfall in savings - Today I transferred $300 to my savings thanks to a reimbursement cheque from school. I have "found" $500 of the $1500 shortfall! YES!!
  4. Cycling - Thanks to watching "Orange is the New Black" I am having no problems cycling 15km several times per week. That makes me happy!
 Have I said how much I love my local Asian store?? This is what $23.00 gets you there: 18 yellow peppers, a 10 pound bag of red onions, several cucumbers, potatoes, apples and tangerines, a big bag full of ginger and a container of turmeric, 6 lemons. Not bad eh?

And then I went to No Frills and found some awesome deals on the "old produce" stand - this stuff is at its peak of ripeness, full of juice and perfect to put through my juicer. Oh, I just love deals like these. 
I'll never beat Sluggy for deals - in Canada this is as good as it gets! 







18 comments:

  1. Good for you for sticking to your healthy food lifestyle. What do you do with all the ginger? I cook with it occasionally but usually only buy a little nugget as that's enough for the recipe.

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  2. I love, love, love the towel :) And you are doing so well on the diet. I am really impressed :)

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  3. You got that much (decent) food for how much???
    You did good, girl!
    Jane x

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  4. Let's talk peppers... why are they so expensive over here?! 10 peppers (especially yellow ones!) would cost me over $15. I buy one every so often as a treat.

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  5. Amazing work on the clean diet!
    Talk about will power.

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  6. those were good deals. Well done what you have achieved,

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  7. livingrichonthecheapJanuary 22, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Great deals today! You are so right, I was happy to buy tomatoes and green peppers today for .99 cents per pound. Well done on the savings category, your healthy lifestyle now is quite cheap.

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  8. I'm pretty slow here in BC. I had to look at the towel for a bit to get it. Lol.
    I found you from Cindy at justnorthofwiarton from the Ontario bloggers day.
    I have spent an enjoyable evening reading your blog, I was following on about Crofters Lane. How perfect it all sounds, great job on following your dreams.
    Cheri

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  9. Awesome recap Jane! I cannot believe how well you are doing on that diet. I'm struggling with staying away from carbs and sugar. Do you feel better on that diet?

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  10. I have NO cravings. And the longer I eat "clean" the stronger my willpower. I look at chocolate bars at the grocery store checkout but then I think "I've gone a month without them, I don't want to ruin things now" and I resist. I LOVE popcorn and it satisfies me while remaining low calorie. And yes, I feel so much better, my skin is better and I have more energy.

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  11. Welcome Cheri and thank you for commenting! I love meeting fellow Canadians through my blog. I am not well off by any means so it just goes to show what can be done with a plan. I started off with a 7 year plan and now have only 150+ days left. I can't believe it! I do envy west coasters as the weather is milder but my heart is on the east coast so what can I do?? Visit I guess:)

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  12. It won't be so cheap in PEI but then I'll start growing my own to supplement. People may thing I'm strange buying so many peppers but they provide a LOT of juice through my juicer.

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  13. I actually go through onions pretty quickly as Kazi loves them too. She makes a salad out of chopped onion, cucumber and tomatoes which is quite delicious and I put onions in pretty much everything I make. They are such a versatile vegetable.

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  14. Thanks Gill - I'm not sure why the Asian store can sell produce so cheaply but they do and I appreciate it!

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  15. Willpower increases in direct response to length of time spent "clean" eating. I've read many times that after a short time of "clean" eating cravings dwindle and I find that is true. Previously I never could stick with it long enough to find that out, until now.

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  16. This store sells peppers individually but once they pass their "prime" they put 6 in a package and sell them for $1.00! Perfect for juicing.

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  17. Thanks Jane - I'm eating mostly a veggie diet now and am feeling better for it.

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  18. I did a double take when I saw that towel - thought it was real! Darn.Not so much a diet as a change in lifestyle - hope I can keep it up over the long run!

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