As my back starts to calm down it is getting easier to get around and even to stand in one spot, although that is the hardest thing for me. Sitting up straight still hurts, but not to the point that I can't do it, so I am back in my computer chair instead of the recliner. Standing in one spot hurt less today, but still hurt too much to scrub the dishes. I'm hoping by the weekend I can pick that task up again and empty the sink. DH is trying his best, both kids are sick, so it is what it is.
I have also lost 5 pounds in the last four days, so I am sure that is helping a lot with my back. I can tell it is from my stomach because of how my clothes fit, and that is what is pulling on my back, so it is a good thing. I hope this degenerative athritis helps me to actually stay on the diet this time. It is so much better already and I know that for every pound I lose it will only feel better. I was able to do some walking today, albeit at the grocery store. I did one shop on Tuesday before the sales I wanted went off and then two shops today.
Tuesday I spent $82.45 at Fred Meyer and bought 2 chuck roasts, 1 Justin's honey peanut butter, 2 small picnic hams (will fit in the crock pot or the Instant Pot), 6 pounds of hamburger, 2 packages of chicken thighs with 20 thighs between them), 1 steelhead trout, 1 pound shrimp, and 2 pineapples. I didn't buy anything that was not on sale.
Today we went to Whole Foods first to get some lemon and peppermint extracts, garlic sauce, 4 packages of Birchbender paleo waffles (gluten free), and gluten free Jovial brown rice pastas that were 2 spaghetti, 2 penne, 2 fusilli, 2 farfalle, and 2 tagliatelle, 2 bags of soy free tater puffs (tots) and 2 bags of soy free hashbrowns. I spent $89.28 there and used my Amazon Prime discount. Gluten free pasta is about $5 a box. If I ever find my pasta maker in storage, I will make it from scratch, but until then this will do.
We only eat pasta once a week, so this plus what I already had at home should last us 3 months if we go into a full fledged lockdown again. Plus we don't know if we will need to quarantine before and after DD's surgery, either. I'd like to not have to worry about shopping.
Then tonight we went to Haggen and it cost $101.48. I got 4 of the huge bottles of organic ketchup, 6 bags of the Perdue gluten free chicken strips, and 2 of the bottled half gallon containers of milk. Each bottle has a two dollar deposit that we get back when we return them. Of course I forgot to take the 3 empty bottles we have at home with me. I wish gluten free was not so expensive and one day I will learn how to do my own gluten free chicken strips, but right now it is good just to have a couple convenience foods that the kids can eat.
So all told I spent $225.67. I have $77 left in my grocery envelope, plus some change that I just don't count, but use. And I sent DH to the store last week and he spent around $97. I remember what I sent him for was 20 pounds of potatoes, 5 pounds of onions, 2 pounds of carrots, 4 scallions, grapes, some deli meat, Jarlsberg cheese, 1 loaf of gluten free bread, and 2 loaves of potato bread.
We get paid a day early on the 24th and I won't spend anymore between now and then, so I think I will sweep that extra grocery money into starting the Bulk Meat Envelope for the side of beef I want to get at the end of next summer, followed by half a hog, and a whole lamb if I save enough. It makes sense to save it out of the grocery budget, although I may have to save more than that. In 8 months I should have enough for the beef if I can put aside $200 every 4 weeks, which puts me at August, which is when a lot of butchering is done. I might have a little more since there will be 1 or 2 three-payday months. Probably more in June and July and August because of the garden produce. Anyway, that is the plan.