Post Pregnancy Weight Loss Tracking

I gained 24 pounds in my first pregnancy and a whopping 30 pounds during this pregnancy.

When I checked my weight within a few weeks after delivery, my scale showed 18 pounds less. That happiness short-lived. Then, our newborn got fever and we had to admit her to the hospital. I was so upset that the doctor asked me to leave the room when they did her tests. We stayed at the hospital for the next 2 days and this unhappy mom did lots of binge eating that added 3 more pounds on my weight. Ironically, the hospital didn’t provide any healthy meal nor do they have any healthy options in the nutrition room (pantry). So, even the hospital didn’t help either. That said, now I need to lose 15 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Food:

Throughout the week I eat clean and once a week I splurge on my meal. It’s mostly pizza or our favorite Chinese takeout.

I also don’t track my calorie intake. I eat whatever I like as long as its healthy.

Workout:

I just started working out last week. Definitely not able to run like before. So starting out slow and walking 20 minutes every day. Then 10 minutes of Yoga. My work out routine will change/improve eventually.

Tracking the Progress:

I will be tracking my progress, meals, snacks, and workout in my Instagram page. It’s more apt for Instagram than Facebook page. If you’re in Instagram, ping me to get to know you.

If you have some extra pounds to lose, I’d love if you can join me in the process. It will be fun if we do it together. Just let me know.

Paying Cash To Grocery Shopping – Mid Month Checkup

Guess what? it’s time for mid month checkup on paying cash to grocery shopping. I had $500 on the budget when February started. As of today, I spent $262.44 and I have $237.56 left for the rest of the month. So far this month, I have not shopped at the Indian store and I probably will shop there next week.

The above picture has my pinky coupon pouch and the cash envelop. Both of them are always in my handbag and they go with me everywhere.

After using the cash to pay for the groceries, I noticed an important change in my behavior. The fact that I’ll be paying in cash is in my mind through my shopping trip and I’m being super cautious on the list of items I buy. Because, I have an inner fear that I’ll run out of money and won’t have money to pay my groceries if I buy too much. I know I can pay using credit card. But my mind is set that I only have $500 for this month and I cannot spend more.

This is the first time I’m trying this method and I learned lots of interesting things so far. Can’t wait to share with you the final results at the end of the month.

If you are following the Facebook page or Instagram, you might have already seen this. The above picture shows the list of groceries I bought in my last trip. Did you notice that the majority of the items are Organic? Through this experiment, I also want to show you that you can buy even Organic products within reasonable budget.

Paying Cash To Grocery Shopping

As mentioned in Facebook page yesterday, our grocery spending in the last couple of months has been through the roof. I spent 2 x my regular grocery budget in January.

Part of it is due to the move from TX to NJ and part of it due to our refrigerator stopped working for a week. We had to through all the items in the fridge/freezer and restock again.

That’s not all. I indulged more than necessary when grocery shopping and lot of junk foods such as chips, mocha and other items were added to the cart. I guess I was giving into my pregnancy cravings.

When I checked our January spending couple of days ago, I almost puked. We were doing pretty good in majority of the spending except Food.

Cash Envelope System:

I have heard about using cash for grocery shopping, but never tried before. I was hesitate to try it for the below reasons:

  • Paying cash at the checkout is not as quick as paying with credit/debit card
  • I’ll losing credit card rewards points
  • Whoever carries the cash needs to do all the grocery shopping. You cannot ask your spouse to stop by at the grocery store and get Milk on the way from work

But this time, only in February, I decided to try cash envelope system just for grocery shopping. I will never move to 100% cash and lose the reward points I get from credit cards. But I believe cash envelope is worth the try if it’s going to save me money and get me back on track.

February Grocery Budget:

As you know from how to plan your money grocery budget series, our regular grocery budget is $400 for a family of 2 adults and 1 toddler. Now that my parents are here, I’m setting $500 as the grocery budget and $50 additional floating budget in case if $500 is genuinely not enough for us. Again, that $50 can be used only during the last week of February.

Tracking The Grocery Spending:

At the end of every week, I will be sharing my experience as well as how I’m stretching the dollars with pictures. The caveat I see in cash envelope system is, I need to do all grocery shopping as I know Hubby won’t do shopping if I ask him to use cash.

Also, it’s going to take more time at the checkout counter and I should be prepared on that as well considering I take my toddler to the shopping almost every time in the last couple of months.

Looking forward to try this new system and really hoping it to work.

Infinity Jars Review + GIVEAWAY!!

It’s been few years since I stopped using plastics in the kitchen. The few plastic containers I have are used only to store/carry dry goods that have longer shelf life.

However, when you need to store the spices, sambar powder and other cooking powders, a good quality storage containers are the way to go. They keep the spices and other food items fresh and provide longer shelf life. It’s safe to say majority of my storage containers are glass. However, glass containers are expensive and not all of them keep the food fresh.

So when I came across Infinity Jars recently, I was quite excited to try it. I was told, these are air-tight ultra-violet glasses that keep the food fresh. And the good thing is, they are durable and has longer life {unless you crash it on the floor 😉 }.

I got to try their glass bottle with oil spout which I use as a cooking oil dispenser and two screw top jars I’m using for my lotions.

InfinityJars Products Review:

I’ve been trying these products for a month now and I should say, I like the quality of these glass jars. The bottles look elegant and high quality. They will surely add some grace to your kitchen.

The oil dispenser comes with a screw top in case if you want to carry it somewhere (example: when you’re moving).

When I saw them on the pictures, I thought they’re going to be quite heavy. To my surprise, they’re not as heavy as I thought and easy to handle.

I don’t know about you. But I hate it when I see finger prints on the bottles and kitchen appliances. I keep wiping my kitchen just for this reason. Since these bottles are dark in color, the fingerprints are not visible enough when you handle them – a BIG plus for me.

You can find InfinityJars bottles in Amazon as well. They have great reviews and they’re eligible for Amazon Prime shipping.

InfinityJars Product Categories:

They offer screw top jars, cosmetic bottles, kitchen bottles, and apothecary jars. Their products start from $8 and replacement parts can be ordered separately. This helps in the long run when you lost or broke the parts.

Packaging:

The biggest problem I have when buying from individual e-commerce websites rather than places like Amazon is, packaging as well as returns.

Especially for glass bottles, packaging is crucial. It’s safe to say, my products were well packed when they arrived.

Return Policy:

The one thing that you need to keep in mind is their return policy when you order from their website. They offer free returns minus shipping and handling if you’re not happy with the products.

Global Shipping:

Great news for shoppers outside of US. They ship worldwide and and accept returns as well. If you are outside of US and looking to buy some good quality glass containers, I would suggest you have a look at their products.

THE GIVEAWAY:

Infinity Jars is giving away one 250 ml glass screw top jar as well as one 15 ml pocketsize glass jar to one of you {$30 value}.

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The giveaway ends on February 10, 2017. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

EDIT TO ADD:

Congratulations Charu! You’re the winner. You’ll receive an email with instructions soon.

Lemon Turmeric Detox Water Morning Routine

If you’ve read the previous Beauty posts, you know how much I love Lemon and how often I consume it.

I delivered our second child 3 weeks ago and since then taking fiber and protein rich diet. It helps a lot with recovery and breastfeeding. I’ve also been drinking this lemon turmeric warm water every morning that helps a lot with digestion and weight loss.

In my last pregnancy, I put 24 pounds and in this pregnancy I put a whopping 30 pounds. Since the delivery, I lost 18 pounds. I’m not trying any weight loss diet and the goal is to eat clean and shed off the extra weight by my 6 months postpartum.

Benefits of Lemon and Turmeric:

First of all, drinking warm water first thing in the morning helps a lot with weight loss. Adding lemon to it helps with digestion and rehydration.

Turmeric protects the body from bacteria, viruses, inflammation, and radiation. When adding both the goodness (lemon and turmeric) into the warm water gives your a health boost every morning. Again, Indian recipes do call for turmeric majority of the time. That might be give you enough dose of turmeric. But I’d still love to include turmeric in my morning warm water.

You don’t have to go crazy on the water though. Start with a glass of warm water with lemon and turmeric every morning on the empty stomach.

Direction:

Wash the whole lemon and freeze it overnight. Next morning, grate the frozen lemon using grater and store back again in the freezer.

Every morning combine 1/3 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of grated lemon into the warm water and enjoy. The water is not bitter at all and smells just like turmeric (as expected). I don’t add honey to the water. But you’re welcome to add some if you find the water difficult to consume.