Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, December 26, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I decided I'm going to take charge of my finances. Its been months since I've balanced a checkbook. Some weeks I'm making more than I did in two at my old job, but I can never figure out where my money goes. So I decided to rifel through my dirty purse and go through my receipts and compare to my bank statements.
Isn't it a mess? $4.67 at the gas station, $6.49 at McDonalds, $12.83 at Walgreens, $35.48 at the grocery store. All those little purchases in a month or so totalled up to about $500. Man, I wanted to puke.
I printed off a cute template for a grocery list and looked at the ads before I hit the store. I organized my coupons for stuff I needed, grabbed my animal print totes, and was on my way. I ended up using six coupons, saving me $5.30.
Its nothing compared to, "Holy shit, I got $600 worth of stuff for $10," but hey, its a start. I mean it only took a couple minutes to go through and cut them out of the paper. I would like to do more research on comparing ads and coupons and maybe getting some stuff for free. I also signed up for CVS rewards to hopefully get some sweet deals. I love to shop at Target and you get 5% off your purchase when you use your card. I can get pretty naughty in Target tho, so I have to be strict with myself and stick to my list. :p
One thing I do promise is that I wont buy shit I don't need or use. The last thing I want is to start hoarding (which many may argue that its not, but hello, wake up and smell your twenty cans of Folgers). So we will see where this leads and how much is saved. Even if its only $20/month or so, thats not too shabby for cutting a few pieces of paper.
I also bought this cute little coupon organizer from Etsy:
I feel that things are easier when you're being stylish. :)
So thats where I'm at right now. Just going to try to save some money and tackle the weight thing later. Or else if a plastic surgeon wants to marry me, then both problems will be solved.
Happy saving everyone!
Monday, May 23, 2011
I rejoined Weight Watchers for the millionth time on March 30th. So far I am digging the new Points Plus! I've lost 12 pounds since I've started. For my 10 pound/5% goal I treated myself to a pedicure. I was sad they didn't have the new OPI Shatter, but I opted for a sparkly teal color. I'm not sure what I will do once I hit 15 pounds....maybe get a massage. I could sure use one.
I'm hoping to lose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday, which is less than 7 months away. I don't usually set "lose this by this day" goals, but how fun would it be to say that I reached two 30 milestones in a year? Because honestly, I cannot wait to turn 30, and hopefully I will be celebrating in Sin City.
I will try to get my stats and all that updated soon....I just feel like I don't have time. I miss blogging and reading what all of you others are up to. Hope all is well....please feel free to drop me a line. ♥
Friday, December 10, 2010
I've had a lot of crap going on the past couple months and I just need to sit back and take time to get things figured out. I've never been so stressed out in my life, but you know what? During this whole time I did not turn to food. Normally I would eat my feelings, but for once in my life I didn't. I remember one of my WW leaders from long ago told me that, "If hunger is not the problem, food is not the answer."
I have also found myself listening to my body on when to stop eating. Before I would smash anything in front of me and not think twice about it. Now, especially when I'm out to eat, I stop. I try to order something that I can take for leftovers, so its also a financial reason too. My bff and I actually split meals once in awhile. We worry it wont be enough, but its always more than plenty.
My 29th birthday is next week. I'm going to enjoy myself, but not go overboard. Being in the 170s would be a nice birthday present, but sometimes life gets in the way, and I'm okay with that.
Friday, December 3, 2010
I'm trying to look at this as a blessing in disguise. It will suck not having the extra money, but I'm the type of person where the more I make the more I spend. Also working two jobs and late nights during the week have worn on me some. Tuesday nights I'd be lucky to get three hours of sleep and then go to my main job all day. So now I will have more time/energy to work out and I wont be tempted by free bar food.
The last month has taken a toll on me. I haven't exercised, I had fast food twice, and I started drinking soda again. While bartending was for extra/fun money, it was really helping me pay down my debt. I can't decide if I should find something else or chill out for awhile. My main job has been stressful, its Christmas time, and personal things with friends and such had a speed bump.
I was driving the other day and I could feel my stomach sitting on my legs. I have a feeling that I am destined to be overweight. I know how to lose weight, but I'm having a hard to commmitting to it. I thought about joining WW again, but with me losing my job there is no wsy. They say everything happens for a reason, so I'd like to know why I've been shit on the past few weeks. I know people are in a worse situation than me, but still, I hate feeling like crap and moody.
But somehow I'm down to 183 when I was at 185 last week. So thats cool, right?
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cans rf cream of chicken soup
2 cans low sodium chicken broth
1 package Reames (or other brand) Homestyle egg noodles
Rinse chicken breasts and cut into chunks. Coat lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (optional). Place in slow cooker.
Combine soups and pour over chicken.
Cook on low 8 hours. Two hours before serving add package of frozen noodles. Turn to high and stir occasionally.
The Verdict: DELISH! Probably not the most point-friendly dinner, but hey, it tasted good. I served over mashed potatoes (I know...starches like whoa) and green beans. I was full just after a few bites. It is also Mr. Whoa approved. I made him up a tub for leftovers and I'll be freezing the rest.
Oh yeah....I worked out too. I ran. I usually do a walk/run combo, but yesterday I ran most of it. I felt amazing, even tho I thought my calves were going to burst into flames. I did the bike after a little over 20 minutes of the dredmill and BAM:
522 calories down. Which leaves 8647 left to reach my calorie goal by the end of the month. Thats a little less than 400 calories a day. Impossible? No. Likely going to happen? Probably not, but hey, its something to aim towards.
Anyone take classes at their gym? Favorites? Ones you'd never step foot in again?