May 31, 2006

Spending fast

Wow - today is the last day of May and I made it!!! This must be the first month in YEARS that I have not spent on books!

One of the newsletters I subscribe to challenged us to declare a spending fast during May. I took up the challenge because as many of you know, I am a severe bookaholic. I have been known to spend between R500 - R1000 at Exclusive Books in a month, quite easily.

Last week I had a number of emails advertising a book I would normally buy. I just clicked the links and took my credit card out of my wallet and started entering the digits when I realised "oh my word - what am I doing???"
Then I closed the webpage down.


Now that over a week has passed I don't even feel that strongly about the book. Which just goes to show how we're stuck in habits of instant gratification!

I have always justified it by saying "I can afford it and don't really spend on anything else" and "I'm investing in me". This is all true but what I have learnt this month is that if I delay my purchases, I don't want some of them afterwards.

I've now decided that I will set a limit for impulse buys and if anything is above this limit, I will delay for a week and see if I still want it. I figure if I really wanted it, I'll still have strong feelings after a week.

One of the ways I reached this goal is to not go near Exclusive Books. You see, I know that my resolve is not strong in this area so the solution is to remove temptation totally!

What are your impulse buys and what can you do to overcome them?

May 04, 2006

Weigh-Less recipes

Hi all

If anyone is on weigh-less, here are three ideas for suppers and lunch.

SUPPERS
Spaghetti bolognaise

200g onions
240g mince
300g tomato & onion mix
soya sauce
garlic
whatever spices you normally use
560g cooked spaghetti (140g per serving)

Makes 4 servings
Each serving =
1½ Veg
1 MF protein
2 Complex carbs

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Chicken lentil curry and rice
200g onion
360g chicken breast, cubed
300g tomato & onion mix
140g lentils
560g cooked basmati/ brown rice (140g per serving)

Makes 4 servings
Each serving =
1½ Veg
1 MF protein
1 LF protein
2 Complex carbs

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Stirfry
50g onion, baby corn,
100g mushrooms, swiss chard/ spinach, broccoli, carrots, cabbage (in whichever proportion you like)
90g chicken breast, sliced OR lean beef
140g cooked basmati/ brown rice OR 160g sweet potato (delicious) – I find sometimes I only need 1 complex carbs because of all the veg, but if I’ve gone to gym that day, I use both because I’m starving!

Each serving =
½ veg
1 free veg
1 MF protein
2 Complex carbs

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LUNCHES

Tuna mix
100g onion
100g tomato
200g tuna
25g low fat mayo

Makes 2 servings
Each serving =
1 Veg
1 LF protein
¼ fat plus any fat you put on bread (I don’t have any)

Have with 2 Complex carbs (4 crackerbread, 60 g any other wholewheat type bread)

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Pilchards mix
100g onion
100g tomato
300g pilchards in tomato
50g low fat mayo

Makes 3 servings
Each serving =
2/3 Veg
2/3 Fat plus any fat you put on bread (I don’t have any)
1 LF protein

Have with 2 Complex carbs (4 crackerbread, 60 g any other wholewheat type bread)

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Baked beans
1 can baked beans in tomato sauce (makes 3 servings)
1 cup a soup Lite
Bread/ baked potato

Each serving of baked beans
Whatever fat you put on bread or baked potato
1 LF protein
2 Complex carbs (have with 60 g any wholewheat type bread or over a 90g baked potato)
1 Veg

Hope you enjoy my meals – they are working for me. Just remember that you should build your diet around things you enjoy eating – all of this I normally eat anyway. It’s just making sure that you stay balanced and have enough protein and veg.

Regards
Marcia

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