Sunday, January 29, 2012

What are Sundays for?

I love spending my Sundays sitting on the couch watching lifetime movies, maybe going to lunch and then parking it back on the couch while doing laundry or something to make myself feel productive. What are your Sundays like?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Lesson Learned while dieting

One of the most important things I learned while dieting is tomorrow is another day. I spend a lot of time regretting yesterday if I ate or drank too much, went over my calories, didn't work out when I had the time. This negative energy and thoughts only hurt my success for the next day. I have/had to re-learn that each day, actually each meal is a chance to do better and also to cut myself some slack when I screw up. I gained weight because I love food a lot, I'm doing my best but there will be times when I eat the wrong foods...and I need to get over it :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weight Update!

-3 pounds this week! I must give all the credit to Calorie Camp! Its a new feature that gives you points for logging food and achieving goals you set for yourself. I'm very motivated by points (gold star syndrome) and they actually can be used for prizes! If you are thinking about using a website to track your calories and lose weight I highly recommend

-Its free
-It has a success story every Monday
-There are forums with any topic you can think of
-there are thousands of foods with calorie counts
-calorie camp
-It does an analysis of your day with calories, nutrients, and you view it through out the day to see what you need
-some of the calorie counts are wrong (can make slight adjustments with size to make saved foods correct)
-if you accidentally put a food in the wrong meal you have to delete it and re-input it (instead of pulling it down to another category)
-I don't always agree with the grades they give foods
-my sodium is always off the charts (okay so this may be my fault)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The "I don't have time to work out" work out

There are so many times when I waste time wondering whether I have enough time to go to the gym that by the time I make a decision its no because I wasted 45 minutes. So here is my quickie work out that can have you in and out of the gym in 40 minutes

12 Mins- elliptical (I alternate 3 mins using arms/3 mins legs only making sure to be over 6 mph)
18 mins walking ( I vary every three mins at 3.6 mph @ 3.0 incline and then go 4.0 mph @ o incline)
6 sets of 10 @ 35lb hip abductor and adductor (6 sets each)
quick mat cool down
20 crunches reg
20 crunches right leg crossed
20 crunches left leg crossed
40 ankle touches (if you look like a penguin you are doing it right)
60 pulses (you stay crunched with arms straight pointing towards feet and doing mini pulses)

use a minute to stretch my legs and then go home to watch Dance Moms

Monday, January 16, 2012

Biore Bargain!

I have been avoiding buying face wash until the last moment-Biore is one of my favorite skin products but it can be pretty costly, so imagine my surprise when I stopped in Kmart for some sports bras - I enjoy the hanes two pack :) and while mindlessly browsing through beauty products and found Biore on clearance for $2 to $2.50, I ended up snagging a
Steam Activated Cleanser-$2
Daily Pore Scrub- $2
60 ct cleansing cloths -$2.50
there happened to be a $1 off coupon on the box so I got all my Biore swag for $5.50!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

How to get concealer for 45 cents!

I made a big deal in post about how I score great deals (read: crazy coupon lady) earlier this month and wanted to pass on yet another bargain

Almay Concealer - $13.79 @ 75% off = $3.45
CVS Extra Bucks- $3 off any Almay product

SAVINGS- $13.34
FINAL COST- 45 cents!

CVS seems to be clearancing a ton of make up so if you want to try out any new colors hop on over!

Creative ways to burn calories

I took a midol with sleep aid last night and slept 11 hours!!! I don't know if its the winter or what but besides the "sleeping pills" I've needed a lot more sleep than usual. So after my 11 hour slumber I went over to my friends new house to help her paint. It was a lot of well painting, bending, lifting, moving and on my account I imput my painting as an activity and it burns mad calories, I was excited to hear this since I was HUNGRY once I got home. I like it when something I do has multi-purpose- now I have helped a friend (awesome points for me) and have a friend obligated to help me with painting in the future (score!) and I burned calories in a place other than the gym.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Getting Over the HUMP

So as cliche as it is the NEW YEAR has really pumped me up to go to the gym. I am not a person that hates the gym and actually enjoy going when I get into a routine but I am a naturally sedentary person, I don't "get antsy" to move, if you asked me if I have watched an entire season of a TV show in one sitting, why yes, yes I have and I've done it a couple times thank you. I don't like to think of it as lazy but I am very content to sit and rest and do crafting, reading, tv watching, and sewing stuff like that :)But a big a reason I'm especially pumped is because...IM GOING TO VEGAS!!! Yes I am incredibly excited and would LOVE to lose 5 pounds by my trip (okay really 10 but I'm being realistic here) I've lost 20 pounds so far and it hasn't been that noticeable to others and I see it in my hands, boobs and stomach but as silly as it sounds I think 5 more pounds will be enough weight to make it "noticeable" (I keep reminding myself "my body" isn't nearly as important to other people as it is to me :) but it would be nice to have all those passed pizza slices and cookies were noticed) So tell me whats your favorite thing about VEGAS?!?!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Diet Dessert Review!

I bought 2 Smartones desserts at Target the other day and wanted to share my opinion so you can know what to buy and know what to skip!
I really thought I was going to like the turtle sundae, alas I did not-the icecream tasted like well ICE I kept eating trying to savor any semblance of a flavor and could not taste a thing unless I was eating a pecan- Grade D
I ended up melting this a bit in the microwave because I was so scarred from the first Smartones dessert I wanted to eliminate all the "air pockets" in the icecream that I believed contributed to its tastelessness. I ended up with a soupy brownie milkshake result which I had absolutely no problem with. I ended up mixing the crust and brownies into the icrecream for maximum flavor and enjoyed this quite a bit! The brownie bites were very tasty and definitely the highlight of this dessert-and there were quite a few of them! Grade- B (mostly for the brownie bites)

There you have it! I find dessert is the hardest food to replicate when I'm dieting, what are you thoughts? Do you have any favorite low calorie desserts?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Talent Show

People always have a few things they can say they are REALLY good at, for me one of those things is bargain shopping...Today I'm going to show you how I pulled together a wedding look for under $40!I bought these shoes in grey, they were briefly 50% off at payless for $13.99! Blue is the only color left now @$19.99 (I wore them almost the whole night, they were extremely comfortable for bargain heels)
I bought these tights at American Eagle clearance $6.99 and 40% off final total = $4.19 (more grey in person)

American Eagle-This dress is on sale for 39.99 with an additional 40% = 23.99-plus a 15% coupon code I recieved with my new shopkick app made this dress 20.39! It looks very expensive in person ( I got the purple color)

My total was $38.57!

I used a bag of my moms and my grandmothers stole to complete my outfit.