So, I know protein is important. Before moving I was consuming 1 gram per pound of body weight.
Moved for school now. After rent, utilities, and transportation, I have about $350/month for groceries (including things like laundry detergent, body wash, etc), laundry, and going out (luckily, I don't go out).
I've decided not to spend money on a gym membership. I love lifting heavy and miss powerlifting, but gyms around here are either out of my price range or not very good. However, I am okay with this because, while I was enjoying powerlifting, I more or less chose that sport because I find lifting heavy easier than other activities. However, as a result from previously bad eating habits, I am overweight, with a family history of diabetes and heart conditions. It was so bad that when I first moved here, I couldn't walk the 2.3 miles to school without getting a wet brow and being beat. Doing a lot of walking, HIIT, and training with just my body weight and some kettlebells that I bought years ago and brought with me.
I am doing better now. Didn't bring a scale with me so don't know how much I lost, but feel like I look better, and definitely feel better. But I am concerned about my macros; mainly my protein, I think my carbs and fats are dialed in.
I'm missing my goal of 1g/pound of mass by a lot. I really don't know how to get more in..I'm going through a pound or more of ground beef, chicken thighs, or fish (when on sale) a day. Then there's also the whey protein PWO. On days that I have time for breakfast, I eat about 3-5 eggs for breakfast.
I'm only getting a little less than 200 grams of protein a day..previously, was getting about 300 grams.
Am I over thinking it? Is it okay to hit a little low in my protein? Or does anyone have any cheap ways to get another at least 50 grams in?
My current grocery bill is basically:
1. Meat (primarily ground beef or chicken thighs; fish or pork or etc when on sale to change things up)
2. Supplements (whey, fish oil, ZMA, and Rez-V)
3. Frozen veggies; fresh ones when on a good sale
4. Bulk nuts
5. Misc (butter, oils, spices/herbs, eggs, detergent, body wash, etc)
I have a few dollars left over at the end of the month, but I also like having a little left over, versus spending my whole budget, emergencies, ya know.