Giving up

I’ve decided to abandon Weight Watchers. I haven’t been to a meeting in months even though every week I was telling myself I’d go and get back on track the upcoming Saturday. So, obviously, every single week I felt like a failure.

I would track a little here and there, but making dinner wasn’t even fun anymore because I was trying to calculate points while the hubs was trying to count calories. My mom stopped Weight Watchers somewhere in there, so those conversations dropped off too. I was missing the team effort and wasn’t ready to go at it alone.

After a month of partying and not tracking anything, the first weigh in of the year came. Utter freaking disappointment. i was back to my top weight ever. It felt like almost a whole year of effort and restrictions was completely wasted. It was time to regroup, rethink, and come up with a new plan.

So it’s back to basics. I hate that it’s taken this long, but after 15+ years of different diets I’ve decided to do the obvious: track calories in and calories out. The hubs and I have downloaded the LoseIt! app for our iPhones and have agreed to go at it together, as a team. We’ve started February like it’s the start of the new year and resolutions like they are something we are working on, not giving up on.

My new motto is “Get Skinny. Save Money. Have Fun.” (Skinny in the healthiest form, of course). I want to share my progress, adventures, discoveries, recipe trials, tips and fun with you along the way, but blogging hasn’t come to me as naturally as I thought it would so far. I hope you hang in there with me! I’m a work in progress!

-Kelly

The Green Smoothie

green smoothie

I started seeing green smoothies a few years ago and was immediately curious.  So, I did some quick research and the more I read about all of the benefits the more I wanted one.  Plus, they just looked like super health in a cup!  It wasn’t until I read The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder that I blended my first one.  It tasted pretty good, but made me feel really really good.  Like I knew it was doing great things for my body…and then eventually I just stopped.  I got so sick of prepping and chopping the fruits and veggies into tiny little pieces so that my Magic Bullet could handle it!  I actually stopped a lot of healthy habits around this same time and just let stupid excuses take over…

That was three years ago and I’m back on the right track now and back making green smoothies!  It’s also taken me that long to listen to the book’s advice and finally get a Vitamix (yay!).  What a difference!  Even the hubs is drinking his greens!  Sorry for all of the exclamation points, but I’m seriously that excited! Or maybe it’s just the green smoothie’s energy boosting effect that’s effecting my punctuation!  Okay, I’m done.  🙂

Bottom line is that we’re on Weight Watchers and this filling smoothie is a zero points, has a slimming effect, and is detoxifying so it beautifies our skin along the way!  And if this recipe (my go to) is too much for you to start off with, maybe just add a handful of spinach to your normal smoothie for now.  I bet you won’t even taste it!

– Kelly

My Pantry {BEFORE}

So, the first step in any eating lifestyle change always seems to be to purge the bad foods, right?  Let’s see where I’m starting…here is my current pantry:

6.3.14 Pantry BEFORE

Don’t judge too harshly, please!  I know there are some bad foods in here and I kind of look like I have OCD or too much time on my hands, but really I just like efficiency and saving money.  I’ve been a “couponer” for three years now and I think my pantry shows it.  Do I look like I like a pastaholic or a hot sauce junkie??  I can’t decide.

I’m excited to watch the transition of this space develop with my new plan and eventually share with you the “after” pic!  What do you think I should purge first?  I’m thinking the 3 foot stack of Yakisoba meals…yikes!

– Kelly

Welcome!

Welcome! So, Happy Birthday to me and to the launch of this blog!  I felt the need for something new in my life and thought there couldn’t be a better time than my birthday to get started. (Side note: I’ve never blogged before so have no clue what I’m doing, but please bare with me)!  I want to be healthy SO bad, but I’m one of those people who seriously needs accountability. I joined Weight Watchers 2 weeks ago just for this reason (and started this blog…just for that reason). Two weeks in and 5 pounds down and I’d have to say I’m sold!  While my ultimate goal is to go strictly clean eating, Weight Watchers is giving me that first step push I need.  I’m not sure in what ways this blog will progress, but I know for now I want to share with you the following;

1. My progress on Weight Watchers including what I eat, tips, and how much weight I’ve lost.
2. How I save money with deals and coupons in food shopping, clothing buying, and all other things in daily life.
3. All the things I do that just make me love life!

I’m one happy girl and I have a lot (too much??) fun, but I’ve got so much more that I want to do while I’m here on Earth!  So it’s time to get healthy, save money, and live life longer and to the fullest! I’m so happy you’re here with me. Let’s do this!

– Kelly