Sunday, November 6, 2011

Abundance: Food, Frugality, Fitness and Fun

        "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."-Steve Jobs
                                                                      Photo Taken by Tammy Bennett NYC

Habits become what they are because we do the same small thing over and over again. I think that each habit is started with a thought. If you think you can save $1,000, walk 10 miles, or create an innovative product it would have begun with a thoughtful commitment.

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Food: It has been an uneventful week for the grocery store, we have not run out of food in the deep freezer. I have filled in a couple of times with items that were needed in order to make a complete meal- I also purchased  6 lbs of deli meat on steep sale. Cooking from scratch saves time, money and is healthier.

Using leftovers is SO Important. I like to call it "re-inventing". Voila casserole was born out of using up what was left in the refrigerator instead of letting it go to waste. We gathered everything that was leftover, still good, and able to be put together in a creative way to make a meal.

Breadcrumbs-Made from 1 bagel, 2 heels of bread, and an english muffin
Deli Meat-Roast Beef, Turkey and Chicken
1 Small Eggplant-Sliced
3 Medium onions-Sliced
1 clove of garlic-minced
4 medium potatoes sliced
Cheddar shredded
Mozzarella Shredded
Sour cream
Organic Butter

Learning that exercise is an important part of life in order to feel energetic and healthy is a priceless lesson I've learned. So is realizing that sometimes raking leaves can be just as strenuous as going for a jog. Moving and accomplishing a chore at the same time is a great thing! We bagged 22 bags of leaves over the last two days. That is a lot of leaves! You could feel the back muscles, hamstrings, and waist working and stretching with every scoop that was gathered.

The Couch to 5K program has been great for me. It allows for beginning from where you are and progressing from that point. I did discover that week 6 is about where I'm conditioned from previous workouts. So I have decided that I'm going to begin where I'm at. (I can easily go beyond a mile at this point, and see no reason not to start on week 6, knowing I can always walk :) The plan is to do a local 5k or maybe even a 10k by late June.

I have been saving Coca Cola caps and codes for about 6 months now. Normally I enter sweepstakes in hope of winning a Kitchen Aid. However, the points were racking up quickly since others were donating their unwanted caps to me. So today I went online and entered each number towards points. Then I redeemed them for a present for someone special for Christmas (in case they are reading, I can't say who or what ;) If you go to My Coke Rewards online you will see what I mean. Dasani water is included too. Even if you are not a soda drinker, others at work, the co-op, or relatives may not want their caps. It's worth it. :)


  1. The Casserole looks delicious! Yum! So glad to hear your 5K program is going well! My SIL trades her Coke codes for movie theater passes & gives them to the kids as gifts, they LOVE THEM!! :)

  2. Thanks, Carla! :) We are traveling the American Southwest very shortly so won't be online much. Keep up your great work. You are a blessing!

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