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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trying new things.

Yesterday I went out to lunch with a friend. She suggested a couple of things and I decided on Thai food! I always get the same two things though, so I decided to change it up a bit.

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I ordered Cashew Chicken.

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It came with one crispy & crunchy eggroll. I love eggrolls!

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And a rice heart. This won me over. I was going to avoid the white rice but how could I resist this?

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I mixed it all together like "londy-londy wanna go down." (Yes, I am listening to Fergie's-London Bridge right now.)

After lunch and an impromptu shopping trip at Tar-jay, I came home and busted out my 30 day shred video. I haven't been running since I hurt my knee. Luckily 20 minutes of the Shred video + 20 minutes of pilates burns the same amount of calories. (Keep it mind, I wasn't running very fast or far.)

Jillian Michaels is intense. I barely made it through this one. I also did side planks. Why didn't anyone warn me? Side planks are officially the devil. My body hates me today.

I'm sticking with planks though. They get the job done. And my abs are purely flab. I could use some strong muscle under there.

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Dinner last night was sushi.

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I don't really love sushi, so I ordered tempura for Andy and I to share and some veggie rolls.

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These asparagus and shrimp rolls were out of this world good. I actually ate them!!! I split this with a friend.

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mmm tempura asparagus. These rolls are good because it's just a tiny piece of tempura. And it's surprisingly not too greasy.

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Andy got spicy tuna.

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An eel roll. Which he tried to convince me to try, but I refuse to have any of it!

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I'll stick to my veggie rolls thank you very much!

Challenge total so far- $70.34. Not too bad. Not too good. I still have tons of samples and a few celebratory meals left but still. I have made quite a few excuses-"oh this doesn't count because (insert lame excuse here.)"

Overall, I have learned a lot from the challenge. Restricting my spending forces me to be creative with dinner. I've learned to try new things and to keep an open mind. Next month I'll probably cap our spending at $300. Keep in mind we were spending up to $500-$600 a month on meals out, coffee and groceries. I know we won't get back there. I enjoy cooking way too much and making dinner at home is SO much cheaper than going out.

I'm not disappointed in how we are doing with the challenge because it was designed to teach us to make due with what we have. I think the point of the challenge was not to focus on the number so much but to limit the spending. I can't even tell you how many times I used to impulse shop. We still have way too much in our pantry and we are going to use it all!

$29.66 for 12 days? Yeah, not gonna happen. Should I raise the number from $100 to $150? Or should I just see how we do?

Also I miss greek yogurt. I had some coupons which were great but now I have none! SAD. Guess I'll have to wait to December.

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21 Comments:

At November 19, 2009 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Mari said...

I heart 30 day Shred!

Dude your eats are mouth watering...I am seriously drooling lol

 
At November 19, 2009 at 9:29 AM , Blogger Gina said...

30 day Shred?? I should give it a try, although I can't stand Jillian Michaels. I dunno why, she just bothers me.

Cashew chicken AND sushi in one post?! Two of my favorite ethnic meals! The sushi looks awesome. It's been too long since I've had a good sushi roll.

 
At November 19, 2009 at 9:30 AM , OpenID seesaraheat said...

I believe there might be some greek yogurt coupons arriving soon, hint hint.

You have done great on the challenge considering how much you guys used to spend. Just do your best and don't raise the limit just yet. Good luck!

p.s. Side planks, awww yeah!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 9:35 AM , Anonymous biz319 said...

I love levels one and three of 30 day shred - can't stand level 2 for some reason!

Yep, planks are hard but great for core strength!

I have a deep freeze that is so big you can fit bodies into it, yet I still spend money at the store each week.

Although, I do have to say, I have made due with what I had in my fridge/freezer and it's already Thursday - not too bad!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 10:04 AM , Blogger The Duo Dishes said...

Wow, $500-600 on food bills is high. That's really awesome you're on your way to cutting it in half. It's totally feasible!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 11:01 AM , Blogger All Things Yummy said...

I agree with you on the side planks...torture. Jillian's DVDs are great.

 
At November 19, 2009 at 11:21 AM , Blogger redkathy said...

I'm on the tightest budget I have ever had to endure! Our business has decrease by 75% in the last two years. I know first hand about the difficulty of budget cuts, hang in there you are moving in the right direction.

 
At November 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Dawn Dishes It Out said...

OMG that cashew chicken looked great!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Melissa said...

I only eat vegetarian sushi. Not a fan of any/all sea creatures.

I always get cravings for Kappa Maki (just plain cucumber rolls). Soooo good! I really like Sweet Potato Tempura rolls too.

 
At November 19, 2009 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Jhonny walker said...

Hey ..I love the 30 day shred...its good one:)

also my lastest post was on Thai food and how I love sushi and cannot make it..or rather dare make it

seems you have all the things for a great Asian dinner I crave-- cashew chicken and sushi! good good good

 
At November 19, 2009 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Emily said...

I really need to reign in my grocery shopping too, it is really out of control. :( I think $100 for about two weeks is reasonable (maybe that will be my goal from now on!)

 
At November 19, 2009 at 3:50 PM , Anonymous kalin (eating machine) said...

ahhh grocery bills... do you do any coupons? i swear, it's kinda fun.. (a few weeks back walgreens PAID me to buy oatmeal!)
i realized at one point that we spend a lot on them.
but then i realized we eat out far less than we used to, we pack lunches to work, and we make our own coffee.
and before i didn't add any of that into "groceries" in my head.

we still spend way too much on alcohol though :-)

 
At November 19, 2009 at 5:03 PM , Blogger girlichef said...

Oh, the cashew chicken and eggrolls look awesome!! I could go for both right now!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 5:39 PM , Anonymous homecookedem said...

I've never ordered the cashew chicken - why is that?!?! It looks great!! What a sweet little rice heart!! :) That sushi looks pretty darn good too!!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 8:46 PM , Blogger Janetha said...

thai food and sushi..mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

i love that heart of rice!

p.s. in regards to your last post.. workouts come and go, birthdays are once a year. don't be nervous.. have a yummy dessert with your man!

happy friday! have fun at the movie. haha, my boyfriend is going at midnight with a bunch of girls. not me!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 9:27 PM , OpenID burpandslurp said...

WHOA!! You've got me craving Japanese food now!! I've been wanting to have good (but cheap) sushi lately...Will have to search around downtown area!

Heart-shaped rice! Tee hee hee, so cute!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Esi said...

Haha, laughing and Gina's comment bc I feel the same way. Anyway, the cashew chicken sounds great. I tend to order the same things when I get Thai too.

 
At November 19, 2009 at 9:42 PM , OpenID ktbwood said...

this stir fry made me hungry!!

 
At November 19, 2009 at 9:54 PM , Blogger THE ACTORS DIET said...

that rice is adorable.

 
At November 19, 2009 at 11:08 PM , Blogger sam said...

That cashew chicken looks so bomb! I am inviting myself to the next thai food meetup!

 
At November 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM , Blogger Yum Yucky said...

oh geesh! I've never tried Thai. And know I want to.

 

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