Monday, February 2, 2015

I Exercised This Morning!

Today, in middle Georgia, it is cold and windy and cloudy and wet. Knowing all of that I put on my workout pants and tops and prepared to brave the weather.  Granted, I had to take the kids to school first, and run to the post office, but still I walked out of my house bundled up and just started walking.  I didn't plan a route first. I didn't time myself I didn't want to limit myself.  When I got back home, I saw I had walked just under forty minutes, and when I mapped it, I had walked 1.71 miles.  I pushed myself, but not too hard and feel really good about what I accomplished today. WOOHOO!  I am going to try for Wednesday, but I have an eye appointment, so we will see.  Now, off to clean my living room. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Workout Challenge Printable

I made a printable of a challenge I did in the past. I am thinking about doing it again. I am not a licensed fitness instructor or a doctor, but I thought this was feasible. Nonetheless, try it out at your own risk. Let me know how it goes, 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This Is Going to Be Harder Than It Looks

My husband, Dan, and I decided to not out for the month of January.  Believe you me, when I say this is going to be super-duper hard.  We eat out-- A LOT.  We live in central Georgia where every restaurant is within 10 minutes.  It was a easy way out.  With our budget as tight as it is, We are hoping that eating at home will benefit out wallets as well as our waistlines. 

We also decided that a little cleaner-eating would be beneficial.  I want to eat a little healthier, but I am also having a hard time turning my back on all the easy-to-fix food I grew up eating.  Nonetheless, we decided to follow the "14 Weeks to No Processed Foods" over at 100 Days of Real Food. If you have not heard about this blog, I am pretty sure you have been living under a rock. She suggests making a Mini-Pledge and taking baby steps into cleaner eating rather than going cold turkey, which would NOT go over well with the family, or myself for that matter.

This seems simple enough, and you already achieve this, good for you.  We don't.  I have been a fruit and veggie snob for a long time, so finding ways to incorporate two different fruits or veggies is difficult.  

We started on Monday, and I think I nailed it. I had a Green Tea Smoothie with peaches and banana.  Lunch included grapes and an apple. Supper was Taco Soup that included tomatoes, black beans, and corn.  Now I don't want to get into an argument about whether the black beans and corn classify. They are in the veggies section. 

We will see how the rest of the week goes...

Still, I went grocery shopping today, and I have to admit that I had more bags from the edges and frozen section (veggies) than I did from the middle of the store.  I call that a small success.  If only that didn't have Reese's Peanut Butter Trees on clearance for $.09.  YES. NINE CENTS.  I got Dan a few (or ten).

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Reward System

I have written this before, and I will write it again:  I need more incentive to losing weight than just looking good or improving my health.  I want instant gratification.  I am little spoiled (why deny it?), and I like to reward myself.  So I developed two different reward systems.  I haven't decided which one to use.  One is a little more conventional.  I will earn a reward every five pounds. It starts off with a more cost-effective reward up to the most expensive.  Nothing really spectacular. Just tailored the wants to things that would make me happy. It looks like this:

OPTION ONE: Big Rewards every 5 pounds lost
(P.S. I will be glad to make you a one like this- Just send me an email. Or print it off, if it fits your needs)

Option Two is a little more unconventional.  I like to buy scratch-off lottery tickets.  However, I never buy lottery scratch-off tickets.  I understand that the majority of the time, it is a big waste of money, BUT I like the possibility and the thrill.  I think it stems from the the very first lottery ticket I bought when I turned 18. It was a $40 winner.  So, my other option is to buy a set of lottery tickets upfront.  Hubby has agreed to let me buy up to $20 worth at a time.  If I don't buy a set number beforehand, I won't follow through. I will talk myself out of it. Every time I lose a pound, I get to scratch off a ticket.  If it wins, I save that money until the very end to buy something off my main reward list.  That sheet looks like this:

OPTION TWO: Little Reward every pound lost
I can cross off the pound as I lose it and write the amount I win (or don't win) underneath it.

So you can see my dilemma.  Which one would you choose??