One of my biggest savings lately has been on bread. I have a rather large husband and two teens (one of which could easily eat me out of house & home on cereal, milk and peanut butter sandwiches). We go through a TON of bread. Recently my Dad was visiting and as I was making lunches in the morning he said "What is this? Subway??".
Not long ago I was introduced to a discount bread store in town. They have a rack there for stuff that is nearing it's best before date (usually about 2 days before). And if you've seen what's in the grocery stores, you know this isn't actually that bad. I usually buy 10 packs at a time and put them straight in the freezer. Not only is there bread, but there is usually pitas, wraps, flat breads, hot dog/hamburger buns, hoagie rolls...
If you buy in groups of 5, they are 99 cents each. And it's good bread. You'd pay at least $3 - $5 a loaf for this in the stores. With the volume we go through I estimate we will save about $450 or more in a year, possibly quite a lot more. That's a lot of runners & clothes!!! Just in bread savings alone.
This is my haul from yesterday:
So what does this mean for me in regards to weight loss?
It means that I can't rely on a particular product. If Squirrley Bread is my go to product and they don't have it one week, I have to make adjustments and use another product. Luckily there is lots to choose from. Quite often they have a variety of rye breads which run at about 120 calories for two slices and have a great taste.
Isn't that what weight loss/management is all about? You have to constantly make adjustments. And you can't let the unexpected affect the goals you've set for yourself. If you go to a party and the food options are not what you have available then you need to make the best choices you can. Portion control, healthier options..... it's a lifestyle!
Running schedule this week:
Monday - Rest after the race
Tuesday - 60 min @ about 6.0mph
Wednesday - 8 x 400M fast lap sets
Thursday - 10.5 Km @ about 6.0 mph
Friday - 5 Km - fast (practice road run for the Santa Shuffle)
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 14-16 Km @ about 6.5mph
I was amazed after Sunday's race that I was actually a bit stiff yesterday. On weekends we usually run similar terrain with the hills and such, though a much longer distance. But I think the faster pace and the weather conditions must have been what made the difference. So, I made yesterday my rest day instead of today.
I think I needed it to because I was asleep in bed at 8:30 and didn't get up until 6:15 (and I was still tired).