30 Day Spending Freeze

  

Today is the start of a 30 Day Spending Freeze!  The hubs and I decided we needed to reevaluate our spending habits and bank accounts and then SAVE MONEY!  We’ve done the freeze before and the results are totally worth it. 

THE RULES:

1.  No spending any money for 30 days with the exception of: bills, real emergencies, and absolute necessities (we have also agreed to buy eggs and milk if we run out)

2.  …that’s pretty much it!

THE GOALS:

1.  Set up a monthly budget

2.  Save $1000+

3.  Clean out the food storage by planning meals and eating only what is on hand

4.  Clean out household items by using what is on hand or by selling stuff

5.  Lose weight in the process by distracting ourselves with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Program and by tracking our calories on the LoseIt app

6.  Have Fun!

DAY 1: $0.00 / 0.0 lbs START

I actually woke up excited about the whole thing!  The hubs texted me after I got to work letting me know that he already failed and had McDonald’s for breakfast.  I was devastated.  I felt shocked and alone…until he texted “April Fools!”  Grrrr!!!  But, shwew!  So it’s the end of Day 1 and we’ve set the budget using EveryDollar.com, ate all meals/snacks from what we had on hand (we whipped up Egg Drop Soup & Mongolian Beef for dinner!), read up on our workout plan, and successfully went the whole day without spending a penny.  Now time for bed before I can think of something I want to buy online.  Goodnight!

– Kelly

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

Getting to GOAL


While I’m trying to figure out this whole new eating lifestyle, I’m using activity as my safety net. I may have to look up what foods are on the Power Foods list, but I don’t need any extra knowledge to get this body moving. Lucky for us, the more we move the more we lose (or the more we get to eat…look at it how you want)!
I know Weight Watchers has the ActiveLink and I do own it…I just don’t know where it is. I lost and found it 3 times before putting my contact info on it and still lost it for good. That’s when I stopped going to meetings…and gained the weight back. As suggested, I can’t hook it to my bra or waistline or keep it in my pocket.  I guess I shake around too much completely unaware!  And I will NOT consider it a fashionable accessory wearing it on a lanyard around my neck.  Just…no.

So, after much research, I chose the Polar Loop.  It’s a watch/bracelet that tracks activity, calories burned, steps, and time.  Bonus: there’s an app for it. While I really wished the digital text was blue (why do I care?! I don’t know), I settled because it stays on my wrist and it’s black so goes with almost all of my outfits. Plus, it’s waterproof so I don’t have to forget to put it on after a shower, get to work, and then sit on my butt all day because I’m not getting “credit” for moving.

For me, this works. I don’t look at the calories, but constantly check out my steps and activity goal progression. My personal goal is 10,000 steps per day, but this guy sets my activity goal a little beyond, which is fine by me. I like being pushed. At the end of the day, I log my steps in the Activity Tracker under “All Day” and watch my activity points grow throughout the week. So freaking easy.  I’ve even set myself up with a reward system (which I’ll share soon!) if I meet goal 30 days in a row…although I’m now wishing I said 5 days a week.  Whatever your preference though, get an activity monitor!  Get credit for that extra movement and feel awesome!

– 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