Making Two Meals out of One & Grocery Shopping on a Budget

When eating out, portion sizes are ridiculous! Sometimes I feel like I’ve barely made a dent in my mountain of food before I feel full. But that’s a good thing! Just take the rest home.  I used to feel obligated to eat as much as I could on my plate when eating out but now I’ve learned to stop when I’m not hungry anymore.  Plus, you get two meals for the price of one.  Most left overs taste just as good if reheated on the stove or in the oven.  But I do take the lazy microwave route pretty often myself.  That’s what I did with these bad boys:

boneless wings

Daniel and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings Friday for lunch because he just HAD to watch the cardinals game. Plus, boneless wings were sounding pretty good.  I ate four during lunch and most of the fries and some carrots/celery, and then saved the rest for dinner.

Friday Meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Fruit Smoothie 180
Snack Fiber one bar 140
Lunch and Dinner Honey BBQ boneless wings, fries, ketchup, ranch, carrots, celery 770
Snack Tortilla with nutella 200
Total 1290

Not bad for eating some high calorie foods.

Alright, now let’s discuss my friend Ashely. As I said yesterday, she’s going to be featured on the blog often to help keep her accountable.  She wants to share her story and weight loss journey and continue reaching her goals.  She started out weighing 325 lb and is currently 219.7 lb. What a transformation!  Her goal weight is 160 and she’d like to reach it by her birthday, March 19th. So that means she’ll have to lose about 2.6 lbs/week.  That will be challenging to cut out 7,000+ calories each week.  She’ll need to reduce her calories each day to about 1200 and then workout enough to burn 500-600 calories a day. That’s equivalent to a solid hour of cardio. Let’s keep her motivated! She’s going to be filling me in every few days on what she’s eating and her workouts and then we’ll weigh her once a week.

Ashley’s current diet consists of a lot of ramen and easy cheap meals.  I wanted to show her that she could eat healthy foods and still stay within her budget.  She had $40 to spend on groceries for two weeks. Here’s what we found:

  • Pita Bread
  • Turkey slices
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Eggs
  • Guacamole
  • Cooking Spray
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Activia yogurt
  • Mustard
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette Lite
  • Feta

= $39 (including tax)

Success! And look what all she was able to get! She can make sandwiches, wraps, salads — a whole variety of options and most will last her the whole two weeks! She was wanting to cut out most processed foods, so I think we did pretty well in that category.

I can’t wait to see how she progresses! We took Before photos but I still need to upload them so that will have to wait until tomorrow.

It’s time to relax and enjoy this Saturday evening now that I’ve accomplished some homework/studying.

Have a great Saturday night!


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