Yesterday I made a trip to Costco and picked up some heavy duty supplies. Peppers, Broccolini (my new fave veg), potatoes, asparagus, stew meat, wild caught salmon, sweet corn,and a few other goodies. I have gone now a full day without eating anything pre made, and let me tell you it is a HUGE difference. It is always nice to know what is going in your body, but the points savings I have been able to make are just as fantastic. Last night I had 6.5 ounces of salmon, a handful of broccolini, and two ears of corn with a little bit of seasoned butter that I whipped together. I cooked everything on my cast iron grill pan to get a little bit of summer going. Altogether it was only 15 points, 13 if you 86ed the butter, but at that low of a total why would you? It was super filling and super flavorful, and having bought in bulk super cheap. Even with wild caught salmon if that meal was more than $6.50 I would be shocked. When cooking for 1 price is a real concern, so finding a good repeatable meal from bulk food is awesome.
Last night I also threw some ingredients in the crock pot and I have been feasting on beef stew all day. I used a generous amount of Guinness in the sauce, and potatoes aren't the best health food, but it is a good balance of veggies, meat, and carbs and is very filling. Again a large bowl is in the 15-20 point range. If those are the kind of meals I can stick with then I am going to have very positive results.
I often forget, but this blog is also about my life as an actor. It has been a really slow 6 months, and I think I need a bit of a kick in the pants. The only person who can do that effectively is me, so I am taking steps to be more active. I am shopping around to get my voiceover demo reel done, I just picked up a new box of headshots (same pic, but it was a feeling of accomplishment to get through an order). Today I received the next weapon in my marketing arsenal: business cards. The website I used is a little pricey, but the results are hard to argue with. Two sided, full color, well designed cards for less than $0.50 a piece is a small price to pay, and if they are a hit I will order in bulk next time. I also included a QR contact code, which seems to be the new wave in actor marketing. I can have my info uploaded directly to their phone, direct them to a URL with my resume, website, or reel. It should be a powerful tool.
The weekend has begun and it is going to be a busy one, so I am making the decision to be mindful now. I'd love this to be a 5lb week, and that requires 7 straight good days and a little luck. I can control the first part, and here's hoping for the second.