Fresh Monday

January 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm 10 comments

Even though my Saturdays feel like Tuesdays and my Wednesdays feel like Sundays, I can still relish the “tabula rasa” feeling of the start of a new week.  I thought to commemorate this freshness, I should take a photo of everything I eat so as to motivate myself not to eat half a jar of MaraNatha Dark Chocolate Peanut spread.  Let’s see if my theory works.

For Breakfast, I had some vanilla yogurt with blueberries and walnuts…

Along with a slice of plain no-knead bread I baked yesterday with cherry jam.

I am trying to figure out how much it costs to bake a loaf of no-knead bread.  A 2.5 kg bag of all-purpose flour is about $3.50.  The Internet tells me that there are 20 cups of flour in a bag, and if the bread recipe calls for 3 cups of flour, there is $0.53 worth of flour in a loaf.  With 1/4 teaspoon of yeast and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, along with the energy needed to heat the oven at 450F for 45 minutes, I am going to say it costs about 85 cents to bake a loaf of this amazing bread.  A lot cheaper than the $4 or so this would cost from a bakery, plus no added benefit of a house that smells like a bakery!  In conclusion, the frugal life is the good life.

For lunch, I had a green salad with some leftover bean salad on top!  This salad was made exponentially better by the fact it included avocado.  It was made exponentially more complicated in that I was wearing Henry who refused to let me sit down, thus I had to eat it while standing up and trying not to drop salad dressing on his head (Which I did anyway).

Along with a plain old smoothie!  Since I used my spinach in my salad, I just had a smoothie made with:

1 cup of almond milk

4 large frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1/2 cup fresh pineapple

1 tablespoon of ground flax seed

It was nice to have a smoothie that didn’t look like sludge

I plan on having leftover lasagna, bean salad, steamed vegetables, and a whole wheat bun for dinner.  Possibly a spoonful of crack, i.e. chocolate peanut butter, for dessert.  I would try taking a picture but a certain someone keeps me pretty busy in the evening hours so I doubt I’ll be online.

He recently discovered the fact that he has hands!  Very exciting in the F ‘n’ F household!

There is also that Heavy show on A&E tonight.  Watching TV involving morbidly obese people always helps keep my snacking habits in check.


Since the New Year, I’ve been diligently keeping track of my budget and have been saving quite a bit.  I give myself $80 a week for miscellaneous purposes, and have proudly amassed $316.  We’ve been wanting to get extra insulation put into our attic to save on heating and cooling costs, plus we will get some money back from the government because of an energy audit we had done last year.  The cost to have the insulation put in?  $850.  Split between the two of us, that’s $425 (I am so good with math eh?).  So my awesome $316 is already spent, plus I am in the hole $109 (told you I was good with math).  Luckily I’ve got plenty of savings, but still.  Adulthood is the pits!  I want to blow my money on candy bars and skip-its instead!

On the plus side, being an adult means I get to have cats and babies.  Even better, I get a cat who thinks he’s a baby!

One diaper I won’t be changing anytime soon


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One-handed Blogging What is this going to do for ME?

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  • 1. Lynn  |  January 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    One way to motivate yourself to stick to healthy eating is to ask yourself, whenever you put something in your mouth. What is this going to do for ME? Yes, the very important ME who needs to be in top form for baby and husband and herself. The key word is nourishment.

    I got this from Jack Lalane, a 95 year old ball of fire who has been preaching healthy habits for more than half a century.

    That salad with avocado looks very tasty. Keep it up.

    • 2. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  January 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      I love that — “what is this going to do for me?”. Usually I just think “this is going to taste really good for about 10 seconds” followed by “I probably shouldn’t have eaten that”.

      I heard that Jack Lalane just passed away. When I hear his name, I immediately think of his juicer…

  • 3. Mel  |  January 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Funny how the obesity tv shows help you eat better, I always pig out during Biggest Loser!!

    • 4. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  January 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      That’s because you are a skinny minnie. You’ve got nothing to worry about!

  • 5. echoingmetaphor  |  January 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Omg, Skip-it! Those and pogo-balls were my thing when I was a kid.

    I watched Heavy last week and I didn’t love it but I was fascinated by it.. I’m not sure that’s a good thing. It certainly does help in the snacking dept though, more-so than Biggest Loser I find! Heavy focuses on the actual weight-loss which I like. Also, you get to see a whole transformation in one episode which I appreciate.

    • 6. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  January 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      My brother had a pogo ball. I loved the skip it because it was finally something physical that I was good at! I like how the “name brand” ones had a little counter built inside of them.

      Heavy seems like the same old formula of a show, but I have a weird thing about reality shows about obese people (funnily enough, though, I’ve never really gotten into the Biggest Loser). Like you, I like how you get to see the transformation in one episode!

  • 7. Erika  |  January 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

    its nice seeing pictures of your yummy food! i wish i had the ambition to bake bread. im lazy and just buy it at the bakery as a treat. henry is the sweetest! my heart smiles everytime i see a picture of him.

    • 8. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  January 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Girl, you are busy baking your own “loaf” right now! lol I think babies get cuter with age! He is really getting chubby and I love to stare at his legs. It’s becoming an obsession!

  • 9. Tina  |  January 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    What is the recipe for this no knead bread? I finally bought some yeast, but have no loaf pans. Eventually though, I’ll bake bread.


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