Weight Loss on a Budget

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My weight is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. Over the past 3 years, I’ve gained and lost over 100lbs (not at the same time).  I wrote another post at the beginning of this particular effort here and here.

I can’t even really blame my pregnancies if I’m being honest. With Sam, I had daily and continuous vomiting and when I got home from the hospital after having him, I was 30lbs lighter than my pre pregnancy weight.

Sam wasn’t nursed, but Abigail and Ben both were. Everyone says breastfeeding helps you lose the baby weight because you use so many calories. But the exact opposite happened for me. It made me hungry. I was ravenously hungry. All. The. Time. And at the time, with other kids running around and a house in remodel-mode, it was just easier and faster for me to open a cabinet and jam four cookies in my mouth than to plan and sit down for a real meal.

And the weight just piled on.

After Abby I gained and lost 60lbs. After Ben I gained about 50. But I had lost it all after Abby and I’m determined to do it again. We know we want more children, and I can’t be packing on 50lbs after every one and not losing it.

On 11/28 of last year, I recommitted to reaching a healthy weight and so far I’ve lost almost 40lbs.

In my pre-budget life I’ve had gym memberships, bought DVD’s, special health pills and shakes and branded foods and bars. I even had a Weight Watchers membership that I paid $20 for monthly and didn’t cancel even after I had lost the weight I wanted. Ugh if I could get a check back for all that laziness.

So here’s how I lose weight now.

IMG_3065Old Trusty, Weight Watchers. A long time ago (we’re talking maybe 10 years) I worked nights at a gas station in town. Actually, I worked pretty much continuously and even when I logged 60 hours a week I’d bring home like $250 and think I was rich. Anyways, my manager (and friend) told me about Weight Watchers and gave me her old paper slider, quick start book and food guide that she had gotten at a meeting years before that.  And its really been such a blessing because even though they’re missing some pages, I still use them to this day. You can still find them on eBay if you search “Weight Watchers Turn Around slider,” or “Weight Watchers Quick Start Guide,” usually for under $20.

Eating regular old food. I never buy into those diet gimmicks anymore. You know the ones. The shakes, drinks, teas, bars, pills, supplements, frozen meal boxes. I’ve tried all that stuff in the past, and you know what? Those things might help you lose weight, and do it fast, but what are you going to do after to maintain? You have to learn how to eat actual food to maintain a healthy weight. Plus they’re so expensive it gives me palpitations.

IMG_3046Hit up some yard sales. The fitness industry in America is a multibillion dollar one. They don’t even have to take our money. If someone with muscles tells us they use something, we’ll open our pockets and dump all our money out for them. Don’t believe me? Watch a few infomercials, they’re on at 3am (usually when you’re up with a sick kid). That in mind, we’re also one of the most obese nations (#8 in the world). So obviously people aren’t using this stuff. And where do they get rid of it for the lowest prices? Yard sales. At every yard sale I’ve been to (Hint: its a lot), theres always a ton of fitness stuff. I suggest getting a couple different weights, maybe some resistance bands and some work out DVDs. I have 3 and 5lb weights and a couple of DVD workouts that I rotate so I don’t get bored.

Use what you’ve got. Right now what I’ve got are two (heavy) kids home during the day, a 2 ton double stroller, and a nice quiet neighborhood with a slight incline. Abby is four, so she doesn’t need to be in a stroller, but I stick her and Ben in it as many times per week as the sun is out now and use it like a resistance cardio. Theres a mile route that I usually walk, and yesterday we went even a little further (though my step counter didn’t log it because I had it in the cup holder of the stroller instead of my pocket. Ugh). I also have a yard that needs a ton of work, a 13 step staircase (free Stair Master in the privacy of your own home) and sometimes a few feet of snow outside that needs shoveling.

My Splurge: I know I know, a splurge?? Yup, after we paid off the van, we splurged on a Beach Body subscription to get more workouts and more difficult ones. Jeff tells me its $41 every 3 months. It’s not an expense that I really like, but I do think its worth it. There are so many different types of workouts I can do something different every night, and they keep me motivated and out of the gym.

I plan on posting more here about getting and staying healthy, but that’s where I’m at right now. I actually have my 1 year postpartum follow up appointment (three months late) early next week, so I’ll really be pulling out all the stops to try and get as close to ideal weight as possible.

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Time Management

I really need to learn how to manage my time better.

There are so many things I want to do with my days, but I just seem to get clutter of the brain and I don’t get to do as much as I plan.

I have books I want to start or finish, including the Seamless Bible study, I want to keep my personal resolution to keep my house clean enough for drop in guests, I want to work on this blog more (I have so many ideas!), I have my crochet side business that has kept me pretty busy lately, and then of course this whole wife/ mother thing 😉

I’m thinking maybe writing a schedule out for my week could be helpful. Like Monday could be a crochet day, Tuesday for reading, Wednesday a blog day etc etc…

I also have an update to write on my baby weight loss plan; as of yesterday I’m down 25 lbs! I’m officially wearing my first pair of ‘goal jeans’ around and out of the house and they’re comfortable.

As far as writing goes, because I always get a flood of ideas whenever I start typing, here’s a list of things I’m dying to write about:

  • Baby weight update obv.
  • Books I plan to read
  • Seamless post on the first few chapters
  • Ben’s First Birthday!! And how to stay on budget with a child’s birthday party
  • I also want to start writing “New Home Ec,” a guide to how to do things. Things I think SHOULD have been taught in high school home ec but weren’t, like how to do laundry, how to clean your house, how to plan meals and budget for groceries etc etc… Just real basic basics that I didn’t know when we got married and was suddenly responsible for a household.

No time like the present I guess, today can be a cleaning day (since the house needs it) and tomorrow I guess I’ll do some reading?

Baby Weight Update

I just wanted to write something quick as an update on my baby weight loss stuff and hopefully to motivate myself too since I’ve been in a slump this past week and a half.

I’ve been following Weight Watchers (using the old fashioned paper points slider and book, you know I don’t pay for online memberships 😉 ) since November 28 and as of Monday I’m down just over 12 lbs with about 28 to go.

I’m eating much healthier, working out about three times a week with some DVDs and weights I have here at home and take out is way down. Jeff got it twice for himself and the kids, and on Christmas Eve we had our traditional Chinese delivery. I skipped out on the pizza take outs, and for Christmas Eve I tried Szechuan chicken for the first time, which is just chicken and vegetables, unless theres something sneaky in the spicy sauce.

Anyways heres some starting out and recent pictures for comparison. I can see a little difference already!