Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jan. 2: I've been thinking....

I didn't post New Year's Resolutions yesterday.

I have more changes than a blog post could hold that I am hoping for this year.  I've been trying to cull it down to a few simple items so I don't overwhelm myself.

So here they are, in no particular order.

1.)  I plan to reduce my "stuff" by 50% this year.

2.)  I plan to lose 20 pounds by my birthday, April 5.

3.) I plan to get control of my finances, once and for all.

Really, all of these boil down to the same thing: self control.  I need to stop buying things just because they are on sale and stop saving things in case I need them.  I need to limit dessert and other treats to an occasional indulgence and stop using them as Zanax.  I need to stop the hemorrhage of money from my bank account so I can live without the overwhelming, sickening stress of wondering how rent will be paid and how food will be purchased.

When I am feeling stressed, which has been a lot lately, all sense of control flies out the window.  Then I become fat, broke and messy.  This is obviously pretty counter-productive.  Spending money on junk food because I'm broke? No logic there.  This is my pep talk to myself, and possibly to some of you who struggle with the same issues.

We are still relying heavily on turkey this week.  The kids are off from school and we will be eating three meals a day from home all week.  This meal plan will encompass two of those meals.

Turkey Sandwiches, baked chips
Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and garlic green beans, whole wheat rolls

Personal Pizza, Salad
Turkey Fried Rice, steamed veggies

Mexican Pizza
Broccoli Cheese Soup, Garlic Bread

Cheese and Crackers, veggies
Garlic Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots

Turkey Noodle Soup
Leftover Buffet

Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries

After this, the rest of the turkey is just going to have to stay frozen for a while.  It could be a mighty battle to get the kids to eat the turkey-filled menu from above!  The good news this week? My grocery bill was only $40!