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improving little by little.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

ok so i weigh 138, why am i not happy yet? i completely accept that i am a pear shape and i will have hips and a butt and thats ok. but muffin top too? really? i went from a 30 inch waist to 27 inches. i am losing there but anywhere below my belly button does not want to come off and it is frustrating me. i see a slight change in less fat hanging over the top of my jeans, but i want it all gone. along with cardio, i am doing planks like crazy. so i can hold a plank for almost a minute and a side plank for a little over 30 seconds. a huge improvement from less than thirty seconds for a plank and not even being able to hold a side plank for 3 seconds.

on another good note, my quads are hard as rocks. thank you squats.

  


saving on groceries & couponing

Sunday, January 27, 2013

i am trying to find a way to save on groceries. i have tried many methods to do this.
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1. going in the grocery store blindly. yes i have done this. i used to do this all the time. i hated making lists and if i did make one i would usually leave it at home. i'd ALWAYS overspend, impulse buy, and feel like crap when i get home.

2. buying in bulk at the beginning of the month, therefore keeping my weekly budget low. this worked, kinda. i spent a huge chunk of money at costco, which is fine considering these items will last us a long time. i spent $10 on a 10lb box of oatmeal, which is great price. so those kind of things are worth stocking up on. now keeping my weekly budget low is the issue. i am always over budget. i blame the grocery stores, they are too overpriced. either that or i just suck at grocery shopping. lets go with blaming the stores.

3. COUPONING! i love couponing. but i also hate couponing. i couponed for about a year and i will share the pros and cons in my opinion.
PROS: save tons of money. i think i spent about $40 a week for a family of 3. sometimes i made money. i think i did have one trip to the grocery store where the cashier owed me a few cents. this is RARE though.
and the rush i get when i leave the store with $75 worth of groceries that i paid $20 for. truly awesome.
CONS: time consuming. couponing is a full time job. i already have a full time job and it isn't couponing. to truly save money you have to put time into it. sorting and organizing coupons, looking a sale flyers and matching coupons up. it takes awhile sometimes.
its stressful. i feel like i have to compete with other couponers. i can't tell you how many times i worried if the shelves were going to be empty when i got to the store. it is really disappointing when the shelves ARE empty. but i am thankful for rainchecks.
when i was couponing i felt like i was bringing home lots of junk and unhealthy foods. there are coupons for healthy foods but i feel like there are more for junk foods. which sucks. but you just have to be smart about it.

and i have come to the conclusion on the method(s) i will use. a combination of bulk buying and couponing. yes i can't help it, i miss the rush i'd get from couponing. so now i wil try this method and see how it works out.

speaking of couponing, i want to say how unrealistic it is for one to go to the store, rack up $500 in groceries and only expect to pay $10. on my shopping trips i usually aim to save 50-75%. so for people who want to coupon, do not go in it expecting to get everything for free. people think this reality because of what they see on tv. you know half the crap they put on tv isn't real anyway.

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PATSYB7 1/28/2013 5:37AM

    We have a budget grocery store called Price Right in our town. I get my produce there and most of my other groceries. They don't carry the healthiest versions of things and don't even look for low sodium items. I get the rest at the regular grocery store. We spend $100 on meat every three months at a meat outlet in the city nearby. For a household of three adults our grocery bill is about $125 per week.

I detest couponing--I don't buy name brands and the budget grocery store doesn't take them. They also expire before I use them. LOL I'm not a good couponer!

Having a few meals for the week in mind before setting out to the store is what works best for me. I like to try a new recipe every week so I make sure I have the ingredients.

Good job trying to eat healthy. It is work but you and your family are worth it! Keep going! emoticon

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hitting the restart button.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

so last year i gave up. i was doing pretty well but i ended up hurting my ankle from exercise and i never really picked back up. i never met my goal. well since may of last year i only gained back 2 lbs. so now i'm starting over and i'm more determined. i'm tired of feeling like crap.

i'm 150 now. aiming for 135 by spring.

well today i had my first green monster smoothie! actually mine was kinda purple since i added blueberries. i think i used 3 cups spinach, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup greek yogurt and 1 tbsp peanut butter. it was quite good! i think i found my new breakfast!

now, i'm about to get off my butt and work out. def can't skip day one! now if only i can get my husband to move my new stationary bike into the house!
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ankle injuries, eating wrong, not exercising, and the rapture.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

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the last week of april my ankles began to bother me while doing the 30 day shred. but i kept going. and i worked out the next day too. big mistake. for the next 3 weeks, i'd be limping around in pain. i ended up with achilles tendonitis in BOTH ankles, more so in my right than my left. so i stopped exercising for a while. there wasn't much i could do anyway, since my ankles were so swollen. i had to elevate them and ice them as soon as i got home from work. especially since i am on my feet all day at work. i know that didn't help the situation. so when i stopped working out, i stopped eating healthy.

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the first weekend in may my husband and i went on a mini vacay to myrtle beach. it was awesomeeee. we got an ocean front hotel room on the 12th floor. we went out to eat and shopped like crazy. amazing. i thought i'd gain a pound or two during that weekened.

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so i continued to not work out and eat whatever i wanted until my ankle felt better. this past week it started to feel better so i started doing the wii fit since it didn't put any stress on my ankles. i started to kind of watch what i eat, but gave into cravings. so today i guess i'm starting over, maybe not starting over, but picking up where i left off.

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since i didn't get raptured up into heaven yesterday (however, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. only the Father knows. Matthew 24:36) i will begin my journey again. on that note, i feel kind of embarrassed for the ones who sold all of their belongings and emptied their savings account because they really thought the world was going to end. what are they going to do next?

after all this i LOST weight. how that happen? not that i'm complaining or anything. i'm down to 147.8. ok i lost .2 lbs, but still. i thought i'd gain.
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have a nice week.

  


slacking off...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

its been almost 2 weeks since i've worked out. i have achilles tendonitis in BOTH ankles. thank you 30 day shred. i've slacked on my exercise, i pretty much can't do any, and i've slacked on my diet. ugh. i'm terrified to step on the scale.

the doctor said to stop the 30ds for a week or two, so what can i do? maybe i'll just do something light like the wii fit. but i don't think i'll go back to the shred. not after this annoying injury. i think its all of the jumping that did it. or maybe i should have stretched my ankles at the beginning of each workout. i finally find a great workout and i can't do it anymore. this friggin sucks.

i need to get back into it, i definately don't want to gain anything back.

  
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PVILLAGO 5/12/2011 3:40PM

    I know what you are going through. My disease has sidelined me from doing what I love. I was going to the gym 3-4days a week.
I started getting Neuroma's in my left foot. Shots and rest and tried to get back to it.. But the disease kicked in and I am still sidelined. I am going to hit the Wii tonight and bowl and box tonight. I can't do alot of jumping around anyway cause I have a fused ankle. I just received Jillian's 30day shred dvd and I don't know what I'm going to see when I puyt it in the dvd player.
Good Luck to you...

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