All Things In Moderation

…….. and moderation in all things .

Weight Loss on a Budget

Posted by Susan on February 22, 2009

I have come to an important realization. I am not in this weight loss game to be a triathelete, or to compete in a figure competion, I want to get off this 20 lbs., I want to look good and feel good , and I want to be in good shape, at the same time………I want to live my life. That being said , I want to all this without going broke in the process.

My husband and I are trying to stay on a budget, to spend as little as possible during the week, not buying stuff we don’t need, all that good stuff (NOT). So food is definately a must, but can I save money and still lose weight? Yes I can ! I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with ideas to save on my grocery bill. I bought some 100 calorie brownie bites this week. Some people do not beleive in 100 calorie snacks but I need dessert after a day of eating well and this is my treat. This week I got a good deal on them but I was trying to think of something that was less money, they are not always on sale. I once made a Diet Coke Cake. It is just a cake mix, and 1 can of Diet Coke. I can bake an entire cake, cut it into serving sizes, and bag them individually, and eat a piece for for dessert. I also began doing a Dollar Store run each week ,before regular food shopping. This week I got full sized boxes of Fiber One Bars for $1.00 !!!!! Score !!!! I also got some 100 calorie wraps, spices, and some personal products. I spent all of $12.00 and came home with lots of stuff , and that whittled down my grocery list big time.

Does anyone has any other ideas how to stay on track as well and eat healthy , but save money at the same time? I would love to hear any suggestions or ideas anyone may have. From here on I plan to get this weight off, enjoy my life (and life definatelty means food). I am in this for the long haul. I am trying to carve out a lifestyle that isn’t too painful and difficult to sustain. I plan to never , ever, go back to the way I was and once the wieght comes off .I have no intention of stopping once the goal weight is reached. Just readjusting my calorie intake and not getting lazy about tracking…if I am not aware of what I am eating, I over eat………..that is just a fact. and I will never be able to eat mindlessly again……….another fact.

I am determined to prove to myself that I can do this, even on a strict budget ! My husband and I are sort of having fun with this budget thing, by the way. It is like a game everytime we are at the checkout counter, watching the numbers add up and seeing how much we shaved off the bill this week……we are geeks, what can I say !

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