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Grocery Shopping Budget Fail, Amazing Sushi, Overnight Oats Take 4, and One Crazy Run

Posted May 22 2011 3:42pm

Hello everyone! I’m going to try to make this post pretty quick because my hand is pretty sore (I’ll explain why in a minute). First, I want to thank all of you for such loving and supportive comments in response to yesterday’s Emotional Hangover post . I read your comments throughout the day and, as always, they lifted my spirits and put a smile on my face. Thank you so much!

Yesterday we did all of our grocery shopping and let’s just say that I was right last week when I said that the true test of our grocery shopping budget success would be consistency. Yesterday’s budgeting did not go well at all. Have you ever heard the advice to not go shopping while you’re hungry? Well I do know not to do that, however, I made the mistake of shopping while both physically and emotionally tired. Not a good idea because I lacked the motivation to really stick to the list and resist grabbing a few impulse buys. Another aspect of our grocery shopping that our expenses was that we were out of a lot of staple items that we didn’t purchase last week.

I wasn’t expecting a great result when our Trader Joe’s cart looked like this…

Trader Joe's grocery shopping cart grocery budget challenge fail

Here are our totals, keep in mind our goal was less than $125 !

Trader Joe’s: $136.38

Whole Foods: $29.76

Total Grocery Shopping Bill: 166.14

Not good, not good at all.

It may be that spending less than $125 every week isn’t possible for us, at least with the food we like to get. However, I know that we could have spent at least $20 less if we had simply been on our game and stuck to the list. I am determined to keep working on this!

Despite the budgeting disappointment, yesterday was a good day. Instead of running, I took a much needed afternoon nap and then headed out to the lake for a walk with my boys in the gorgeous weather. Nick and I then headed out for a much needed date night at our favorite neighborhood Pan Asian Restaurant, Jai Yen. We dine at Jai Yen at least once a month because the food is so delicious, varied, and inexpensive. In fact, our total bill is almost always less than $30!

We ordered a scrumptious and refreshing squid and seaweed salad to start.

japanese ocotopus and seaweed salad

Followed by the Red Curry with Shrimp, Bamboo Shoots, and Vegetables.

red thai curry with shrimp vegetables and bamboo shoots

I had been a little worried that the curry would be too spicy for me, fortunately, the rich and creamy coconut milk more than tempered the spices and the bamboo shoots were sweet from simmering in the sauce. Absolutely delicious.

The real star of the show was something that we ordered once before and loved – the “By the Beach” Maki.

by the beach maki sushi

This roll is made by combining delicate raw salmon, fresh orange slices, two different types of infused roe, and a sweet, creamy, and tangy citrus sauce. It is simply divine! In fact, I want another one right now!

I made a blog pact with Michelle to run early this morning. Unfortunately, when I woke up this morning my stomach wasn’t in on the deal and insisted on a full breakfast. Therefore, I dug into my newest variation of Overnight Oats based upon Lindsay’s suggested recipe.

overnight oats oatmeal with oat bran chia seeds almond milk greek yogurt bananas and peanut butter plain

In the Overnight Oats Take #4 mix:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oat bran
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 sliced banana, 1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon added this morning.

overnight oats oatmeal with oat bran chia seeds almond milk greek yogurt bananas and peanut butter honey topped

overnight oats oatmeal with oat bran chia seeds almond milk greek yogurt bananas and peanut butter honey and cinnamon

It was pretty good but not my favorite. The consistency was much improved from yesterday’s watery mix, however, I found the texture of the oat bran to be a little chalky. The flavor was okay, but I found I wanted to add a lot more cinnamon and honey as I ate. This mix did keep me full from 8:30 until 1:30 which is a definite breakfast success. Overall I give it a 3 out of 5 for my personal preferences.

Next time I make overnight oats with oat bran I will add a touch more almond milk or water as well as cinnamon, honey, and/or other flavor boosters into the mix as opposed to using them only as toppings.

Waiting until mid morning to run actually worked out perfectly because by the time I had digested, Nick wanted to join. We grabbed Mosely and headed out the door. The weather was absolutely gorgeous weather along the lake and we were having a great time until mile 4 when Nick realized our apartment key had fallen out of his pocket. We retraced 2 miles of our route, but had no luck finding the key.

By that point, Mosely looked like he was going to pass out from heat exhaustion so we headed back to our building hoping that we could find our on-site supervisor.

Mosely puppy drinking at water fountain

While Nick searched for our super, I hung out with Mosely in our little garden apartment stairwell. Mosely is so attached to both of us so much that he doesn’t like it when we separate. Consequently, he bounded up the stairs after Nick and, because I was holding on to his leash, I spun around and face planted on the concrete. When I stood up to see the damage, he did it again!

I was very glad Nick was able to locate found our super and we were able to get into our apartment because I looked pretty pitiful sitting in our back alley all sweaty with blood dripping from my hand! My hand is fine, just cut and sore. Therefore, I’m going to spend the rest of the day icing it while skyping with my lovely mom, hanging out with my two favorite boys, and catching up on my favorite blogs because I’m behind on my blog reading and I want to find out what’s up with all of you!

If I don’t get to it tonight, I will post this week’s Monday Motivation post by mid-day tomorrow. Love to all of you and I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!

I would love to hear from you…

How has your weekend been so far? Any funny stories or delicious eats?

Have you ever grocery shopped and you found you were simply out of will power?

If you belong to twitter, please also leave your twitter handle in the comments section because I want to make sure that I’m following you! (Mine is @fithealthfood)

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