Saturday, September 27, 2008
It's 1 am and I can't sleep. Too much on my mind. First off, for anyone reading this... just a warning that this blog will have nothing whatsoever to do with weight loss or food. Except for maybe emotional eating.
Today, I found out that someone close to me lost his job this week. This person is very smart, very much respected among his colleagues and clients, and overall among the best in his profession (in my eyes anyway and in many others' too). The sad truth is that there is no job security anymore, if there ever really was such a thing. Business is business after all. You can be the best, smartest, most responsible employee ever. Nothing is guaranteed.
Anyway, DH and I have been living on one income for a while now. (Because of me. I decided to quit my job over a year ago and have been taking my time looking for another.) But thankfully (I'm so grateful and knocking on wood) DH has a good job and we've been able to make do. But our economy is in dire straits. I watched the presidential debate tonight, and for the first time since I've been old enough to vote I'm not only apprehensive but downright frightened about the state of our country.
I don't know if I will be able to find a job anytime soon. Is anyone really going to be hiring right now? I don't even want to think about what is in store for us in terms of the housing and job markets here in the U.S. I don't believe the worst is behind us. Will we be able to sell our house in a year? Will we continue to be able to afford gas and groceries and everyday expenses? And what is going on with our health care system? It's quite a mess. But I digress.
For the past few months I have been trying to think of ways to tighten up the purse strings. Groceries are through the roof. There are only two of us, yet for some crazy reason it costs $40 for 4 little bags of food. That is just a small trip for a few odds and ends. A typical trip to the store costs at least $150!! Usually more. Yes, for 2 people.
Like many women, I love to shop. I love getting manicures and pedicures. I love new clothes. I love expensive makeup. I love getting my hair done. I love going out to eat and out for drinks. But I've realized that, especially now, these are luxuries that I don't NEED.
This is how I am saving money:
- I am clipping coupons like a fiend and shopping around for deals. However, once I started eating better and cleaner I realized most of the coupons are for junk that I don't need anyway. But they are still good for some things, such as non-food items.
- I got some of my bigger clothes tailored instead of buying all new clothes since I've lost weight. This was expensive too, but I'd like to think I saved at least a little bit.
- I have not really been clothes shopping in a long time. I mostly just browse in less expensive stores such as Kohls and Target and also the consignment store near my house.
- I nixed the manis and pedis. I'm not going to be wearing sandals much longer anyway. And I can hopefully maintain my nails myself. I'll do my best.
- DH and I have seriously cut down on our restaurant and bar outings. Good for the wallet AND the waistline.
- A couple weeks ago, I colored my hair myself for the first time ever. Unfortunately, the color didn't "take" as well as I expected. Next time I will try a darker shade and leave it in longer. But paying $7 instead of $85 at the salon is totally worth a few mistakes in the beginning. I can afford to mess up and fix it once or twice and still come out ahead.
- I've been getting books and DVDs from the library. And I'll never stop receiving my beloved Shape and Real Simple, but I will probably not renew my other magazines and instead, get those from the library, too.
- Signed up for a simple Netflix subscription. Cheaper than Blockbuster.
- I haven't been 100% successful on the makeup front ... yet. I did buy some drugstore foundation (Cover Girl True Blend) and it works just fine. (Did you know that Ellen Degeneres is the newest Cover Girl? Go girl!) I am still on the lookout for a good drugstore cleanser, as well as daytime and nighttime moisturizers and a decent shampoo that won't fade color-treated hair. So far, no luck with those, but they must exist -- right??
Anyone else out there saving money? If so, how are you doing it?
$1,000 for a 1.7-oz. face cream? Seriously? shop.nordstrom.com/S/2997108/0~23778
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
One pound. No big deal, right? When we gain a pound we think "It's okay. It's JUST a pound. A one-pound gain is not noticeable anyway." When we lose a pound, we think "So what?? It's ONLY one pound."
Well, I'm going to have to disagree with this conventional wisdom. I have one pound to lose. Just one pound. And I will be at GOAL. It's been more than a year and a half. It's time for me to end this weight-loss journey and start maintenance. I'm READY!
Problem is, this last pound is hanging on for dear life. It doesn't want to go. I tell it not to worry, that it will be in a better place once it leaves me. It's not convinced. It's quite content to stay right where it is.
I've realized that polite hints just won't work. I am going to have to be tough. Shove it out the door and tell it to never come back. Banish it from my life forever.
Pound: Your days are numbered!
Friday, September 19, 2008
I recently finished reading "Skinny Bitch" and I was not impressed at all. The book does bring up some good points about nutrition but nothing that I didn't already know.
I'm no prude, but this book was unnecessarily vulgar. But I guess that is its shtick. After all, if you don't have something new to say and just want to rehash what's already out there, you need SOMETHING to get people's attention.
Well, I guess I am not cut out to be a Skinny Bitch. That's OK. I'd rather be a Skinny Nice Person.
Not worth it. Glad I got it from the library for free.
Edited to add: Yes, I agree. The one GOOD thing about this book is that it opens people's eyes to the cruelty animals go through to become our meals. But surely there are better books out there that are focused on that topic. I sure hope so.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I know this blog might hurt some people's feelings (and that is not my intent) but I can't take it anymore. It's at the point where I'm offended.
What is the deal with all the religion on this site? This morning, there was a new post in one of my teams titled "Today's scripture reading." Is this a weight loss Web site or a place of worship?
There are so many times when I come on to a message board and the topic has nothing at all to do with religion, yet someone finds a way to make it so.
There are plenty of Spark teams with religious themes. To me, that seems to be a more appropriate place for these posts. NOT a general nutrition or fitness message board or a team about, say, favorite cereals (I just made that up) ! :)
I have friends of many different faiths. And some who choose not to be religious. I would never impose my religious beliefs on them, and would not want them to do it to me.
Likewise, I just wish some people on this site would respect the fact that not everybody is the same religion as they are, and not everybody shares their views. It's insensitive, not to mention self-righteous, to impose one's religious beliefs on others.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
OK, there's been a lot of talk about FitFlops today - first in the Daily Spark and also on my What Not to Wear Fans team.
For those who don't know what they are, FitFlops are these, well, flip-flops that claim to give you a bit of a leg workout when you wear them. I first heard about them last year and was curious. They seem to have quite a following! People have said that they are so comfortable, you can walk around in them forever. As for the fitness benefit, some say they actually help a little bit, though they're not a replacement for exercise.
I saw them one day, months ago, at Bath and Body Works, looked at them, tried them on and ultimately decided they were not for me--especially not for $50!
Now... to get to the point of this blog: The styles I saw looked like typical flip-flops. But today, I went to their Web site and came across a new breed of FitFlop: The Aurelia!! See pic above.
I have no problem with the regular FitFlops. Many people swear by them. I say, if you like them: Own them, wear them, love them!!
But the Aurelia? HUH??? What the heck are these things? When I saw them I knew I had to blog about them.
I'm glad I'm not a copywriter for this company, because I don't know how to describe these. I'm speechless. I think I need to send this picture to Jay Leno or Ellen to use on their shows.
The FitFlop Web site describes them as "a gorgeous, corseted, gladiator inspired, hybrid FitFlop boot."
Hurry... limited quantities available!
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