Update on March Project12

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Not going out to eat this month pretty much sucks.  I think it sucks worse because I said I can’t go out to eat.  You know, like when you start a diet and you decide you aren’t eating sweets, and you are all like:  “GIve me all the thin mints in the world right now!!”

We really don’t eat out that often…as a family once a week, maybe.  And that might even only be  Wednesday night supper at church.   I look forward to at least one meal a week where I don’t cook/clean.  Yes, my kids and husband help, but going out to eat feels like a big luxury to me and I just really enjoy it.  But– I had gotten into a habit of eating out for lunch almost daily, then eating out for dinner a few times a week also.  I absolutely love eating out…but that is entirely too much!  Too much food and too much money.  I was hoping to save enough money this month to go on a cruise to Alaska, but it might look more like a new pair of lulu pants.

I wish I could say that I have eaten every single meal at home.  Almost…but not the case.   I have found a few ways to sneak around this Project 12. 

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My mom and I go to lunch every Thursday.  It is a tradition that I love and want to continue.  So, we had our lunch date at Which Wich.  I had a gift card that a friend gave me…you don’t have to leave a tip there, so I didn’t spend any of my money.

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My friends and I met at Cantina 1511 for lunch.   (Yes.  This is our table….  see why I love going out to eat?)   I had a Living Social deal that I bought last month, so I was able to throw that in and they were sweet enough to cover the tip!  There are ways around!

I don’t even know if you would consider these “cheats”.  I don’t think they justify as a cheat since I technically didn’t spend any money.  And it was awesome.

I would love to hear from you!  Leave me a comment on the blog!  How often do you eat out?   Do you consider what I did a “cheat”?

#letsgetflexyin2015- week 4

I successfully finished this Instagram challenge.  I kept up with it every single day…with only one exception.  Things got crazy this last week, and I missed one day.  But one out of 28 ain’t bad! If you missed the previous posts on this month’s challenge, here is WEEK ONE, WEEK TWO, and WEEK THREE. The last week had some really challenging poses, but it was really fun.  I like seeing the pictures of myself in some of the poses, because I look so strong, and I really “get” the asana.  Then of course, there are other photos that I look at and have to take a deep breath and realize I am not ready for advanced variation, or that I will never have skinny thighs. IMG_0311 Day 22:   Karnapiasana or Ear Pressure Pose.  Look at those little 11 year old feet taking my picture.  🙂  This inversion aligns the spine and opens the shoulders. IMG_0319 Day 23:  Straddle, or Samakonasana.  I am so close to getting into this pose it isn’t funny.  Straddle obviously opens the inner thighs, groin and hips. IMG_0342 Day 24:  Happy Baby or Ananda Balasana.  This is one of those poses where you just can’t really get a good angle on, but it feels amazing!  One of my favorite people ever wrote in the comments of this post, “Honey, I’m home.”  So funny.  Happy Baby is a wonderful pose to ground at the end of a practice.    It opens and stretches the hips, stretches the inner groins, and helps to realign the spine. IMG_0344 Day 25:  Big Toe Hold, or Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana.  I love, love, love this posture.  This asana requires balance and stability, while using the strength of the legs and ankles. IMG_0387 Day 26: Noose pose or Pasasana.  My friend and fellow blogger, Shanna, showed me this trick to help get your heels down.  She rolled up her mat a few times on one end…so I did the same with the blanket here.  This is a great pose to stretch the spine, upper back, lower back, arms, and shoulders. IMG_0405 Day 27:  Forearm headstand or Sirsasana.  Inversions are so liberating and I love getting upside down.  You can see how I got in and out of this pose on my Youtube channel HERE. IMG_0408 Day 28:  Last day of the Challenge was Bharadvajaana.  A big twist to finish off the month!  Yoga twists stretch and strengthen the spine, relieves you of lower back pain, sciatica pain and minor neck pain. Bharadvajasana is therapeutic for CTS or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  I also made this into a video, click HERE to watch it. I really liked this challenge the most out of the ones I have done in the past.  (you can see those HERE and HERE) I really enjoyed the emphasis on flexibility and heart opening.  Stay tuned for another challenge in May–gotta give my loved ones a big break.   <3

 

Can you believe it is March?

IMG_0449February’s Project 12 was such a beautiful way to spread and show love.  Every single person I sent a letter to was so overwhelmingly happy and grateful to get a note in the mail.  I even got a few love letters myself, and every time it completely made my day! IMG_0270 I love the old romantic notion of writing letters, and  I will continue to do so throughout the year.  Letter writing is a lost art and we should bring it back into style. It’s one way to show gratitude and love in a very busy world.  It may not be daily, but I plan on getting out the stationary at least monthly and making my family sit down and write a letter with me. IMG_0448 Now we are into March.  In this glorious month I will not be eating out.  At all.*  Which is going to be really hard.  I LOVE eating out, and going out to lunch or dinner has been a really nice escape for me to stay busy during my grief cycling.  But eating out is making my wallet smaller, and my waist larger.  So, no more.  Here’s to saving some dough, and getting into my old jeans. *I would like to add a disclaimer here…If someone practically begs to take me out to lunch, and simply must treat me, I will go. IMG_0453 Would this be a hard challenge for you?  What restaurant would you miss the most and why?  My vote is for Whooli’s and Starbucks!

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