Friday, July 27, 2012

I just thought that I would share today's lunch choice. I am not a big fan of microwave entrees. But I broke routine and tried Amy's Vegetable Lasagna. It is made with Daiya cheese, and the spices and the sauce were wonderful. It tasted like the real thing to this new dairy free individual. I have decided to look at my new food choices as an adventure. And it is not tried, is something lost.

Have great weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

My Shelter Pals

These 2 new additions to our family are wonderful companions. They were both in the shelter for longer than usual lengths of time. Because they both were "wild". Well after being cooped up for days on end I guess would be too. Tucker the lab we've come to find out has had formal training. But he loves breakfast and dinner time...CHARGE! Buddy the terrier mix its an attention hog and piece of velcro. So after the past few months of getting to know their character traits, we're on our way to success. Buddy its in behavior classes next month...back to school. If your going to look for 4 legged family members. Check out the various shelters for that new love!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday July 25, 2012

Well this week has been a really fun one for myself. I have embarked on my health lifestyle change. I began Tapout XT, and restarted Couch to 5k, and also purchased the Road Map Training program for my first 1/2 marathon. I have found out that I need to get my base mileage down. Hence the Couch to 5k program. I know some of you may be thinking, "Jenn your smart, you know how to train." But, for myself, I like to have a road map if you please. This way, I can do it right. And, as the older I get, the longer it takes to heal from injuries. I want to remain injury free, and continue the path to a healthy second part of my life. It is only getting better. Yes I would be a hypocrite if I said I miss the youth of my 20's. To be honest though, I have learned a lot these past 10 years. And some good and some bad. But the most important thing I have learned is this. Every mistake, bad choice, or wrong turn is a learning opportunity. It sometimes takes a moment or two or even twenty, for me to figure out what exactly I what I needed to know.

This past holiday season, a family member of mine experienced some major health issues. They are alive, and getting better every day. But, I learned a valuable lesson. We have the tools and the skills to keep ourselves healthy and happy. Sure I have made horrible health choices...for me its cheese and bread, and not keeping up my exercise. I at one time was the picture of health. Like most others I made excuses like, "oh I just had knee surgery, or I have a sinus infection, blah blah blah...." do you get the picture? So your asking, where am I headed with this whole blog. Well continue reading....

I am going to share with you on a weekly basis how I am doing. You are thinking, sheesh not another one of those blogs. Well I am not those other individuals, and I know that this is not an easy task for anyone. Once we gain the weight, once we get sedentary, and even in some cases just plain say forget it. Well my friends we cannot afford to do so. You have to find the inspiration or find the reason for your wanting regain your health. I know that no one else can do it for me. I have to be the one to do the work, change my diet, and get my bottom off the couch and moving. And I am here to tell you that my inspiration is my family and my life. It is worth giving up that piece of lemon meringue pie. If you know me, that is my FAVORITE dessert. I am not ashamed that I love lemon meringue pie. But, what I am ashamed of is that I instead of having one piece after dinner. It would not be uncommon for me to wait until everyone is in bed and eat the whole thing. There I said it, phew it is off my chest now.

This is done in small steps for most. I have a sports background and have been reading on dietary changes for some time. Done lots of research, and have found what will work for me. Ovo-Vegetarian is my eating plan. This nutrition plan is dairy free, meat free, and allow for eggs. And the only reason that I am eating eggs is that we have our own flock of chickens. I am comfortable in knowing that my chickens are free range, eat healthy diet, and live a pretty cushy life. Now remember, this is what I have chosen and it fits my families life. Primarily because I do the cooking and the shopping. My husband is happy to eat what is put on his plate and so are my kids. Now that is not to say that when they go out they don't indulge a little.  So with this all said. Below are my changes that I made for this week and few good links for you to research and begin your journey.

This week I began my Tapout XT fitness training program and my couch to 5k running program. Plus I walk my 3 dogs about a mile or two in the early am. The biggest change is going to bed no later than 11, and then getting up at 6:45 am to get the dogs off for a walk.

Leave your comments and share your inspiration with me.

To Your Health!
Veggy Jenn

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Well I have been absent a few months. And it is goooood to be back after a long hiatus. I have made a few changes in my lifestyle. I am following a good healthy diet for myself and my family. Sticking to a $65.00 a week budget. I am making most of my own meals for myself and my family. I have to plan out the meals every Saturday for the following week. It is not that big of a deal, just takes a little time. My health, next to my family is the most important priority for myself. Keep checking back and let me know how you are doing. Check out my new web site. and watch as I get healthy again. For all the right reasons.

May God Bless You,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Week 33: May 20 to May 27

Project Food Budget

May 20 to May 27 2012

This weeks budget is $65.00 actual $54.03 We made budget by cutting out ALL meat products. Though my husband got his milk. It is organic, but none the less, he got his milk. Our menu for this week is pretty simple. We don't eat out this week. Salads are the theme this week. I also ventured to purchase a book by Mimi Kirk and it is about eating raw.  I am liking what I read, and am absorbing in all the information.

I want to apologize for my absent presence from the group. We have had some "home life" issues, and though still on going, it is easier at this point. I have a question for others. Is there any software you would recomend for the Kindle Fire?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 5, 2012

Today has been a very enlightening day. I have been absent from the project food budget for a couple of weeks. And, I have missed the excitement of planning and the challenge of budgeting for food for myself and family.  I made the choice to consciously become a Vegan about 3 weeks ago. And, my family has not been hesitant to go along. Though they are mostly vegetarian, they eat pretty much what I eat. My husband loves the food that I cook, and has never complained about my meals. I think it is because I occasionally slip in the chicken for him.  We are planning our garden for this up and coming spring and summer. And I am excited to get in the dirt and plant some new types of veggies for us to try. 
Today I spent $75.00 on groceries and it went pretty well. I spent more of my time reading the labels. What I am finding is that I am having to make all my food stuffs from scratch. Which in the end really is more cost effective. After reading labels and finding the definitions. It is a wonder that I am still alive.  Vegetarian/Vegans eat junk food as well, and it is not always "organic" either.

Oatmeal and veggie scramble (from our own chicken eggs)
PB&J sandwiches
Spaghetti and green Salad

Good Friday:
Oatmeal, and wholewheat toast
Homemade pizza's veggy casserole

Veggy Dogs
Dinner at the folks

Easter Sunday:
Potluck with the season

Pasta Salad, Mashed potatoes, green salad

Homemade veggy soup


Everyone have a blessed and safe Easter Weekend and Passover