I don’t mean stomach crunches. It’s time I buckle down my budget. My piggy bank is on a diet, too. I have worked tirelessly this summer to save up for a very (and I mean VERY) low income fall. Student teaching is a full time UNPAID job. The bright side is I saved some money (with the exception of some concerts-a girl has to have a little summer fun!). But these next two weeks are the last of a nice paycheck. Sigh.
Everyone who knows me, knows that I can be a bit of a worry wart. I plan almost everything, and it’s very hard for me to let go and “see what comes my way.” With the money I’ve saved and the extra from my student loans, I should be ok with the bills I have to pay for 15 weeks. It’s just the spending money I won’t have much of. SIGH.
Oh! And that whole not having a job thing. Talk about stress. Once student teaching is over, I am going to look for jobs like it’s my job. It WILL be my job. And hopefully, HOPEFULLY I stumble upon something that is available mid-year. If not, I can be a substitute teacher for the meantime. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!!
17 Day Diet Update: As I write this, I am 10 days into the 17 day diet. I have lost more than 5 lbs. (I need to get a digital scale. My analog scale doesn’t really work that well). Wednesday, August 13th will be my last day. And my boyfriend and I decided our first dinner out will be to…drumroll please…..Pizzeria Due! I can’t wait to have a BIG, SLICE OF CHICAGO DEEP DISH PIZZA.
Honestly though, the biggest differences on this diet is how much better I feel. My stomach feels smaller, I eat less, I have more energy (without drinking coffee), drinking tons of water a day is super easy, I sleep better, and I can see my body changing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going back on what I said about body image in a previous blog. I am doing this for my body, to get my organs working clean without a lot of toxins, getting my metabolism up, decreasing the amount I need to eat to feel full, and lastly to train myself on moderation. That’s how you can eat what you want and still feel and look good. Then after I get my pizza fix, I’ll continue on to the next cycle of the diet which allows more options of food but still in good moderation.
Like last week, I’ll share a recipe I’ve used a couple times that can be found in the 17 Day Diet book.
Ingredients: 1 lb of salmon
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons lite soy sauce
1 Teaspoon chopped garlic
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
Spray pan with vegetable oil spray to prevent fish from sticking. Place fish in pan cook half-way. Whisk olive oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic until well blended. Pour over fish. Finish cooking fish. (Here I added mushrooms and onions and sauteed). Once cooked, pour sesame seeds over the fish. Voila! Yummy! Pair it with a side of vegetables. Enjoy!