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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Weekly Weigh In

I didn’t share last week as we were on the road coming home from doctor appointments in Atlanta.  I also didn’t share because I was kinda bummed…  It’s so easy to be bad and so hard to be good.  I’m pretty sure there are lots of famous quotes and Bible passages that say the same thing.

Week one (two weeks ago now) of being back into normal life didn’t go as planned.  I found I had no motivation to get up and workout, and that I didn’t have much will power against the Ritz crackers and other things the girls would have out.  The motivation came later in the week when I stepped on the scale and was half a pound from 180.

Crossing over that tens digit is land I don’t want to go back too.  I said goodbye to that 8 and have no desire to see it again.  I also got rid of all clothes that were too big, and that has been a big motivator too.  I can’t afford to go back!

Now fast forward to week two and I’m down 2 lbs from that scary number I got so close too.  I tracked what I ate everyday (though I failed at tracking potluck church lunch yesterday), and got up and worked out 3 times last week.  I also got my RTIC mug and have been doing great with water!

My goals for this week:

  1. Track every day!
  2. Drink 3 bottles of water (in my RTIC mug).
  3. Workout or hit 10,000 steps at least 5 days.

I’m being light on the workouts this week because we have a lot on our plate.  If I can’t workout I’m striving for the steps goal which is surprisingly hard when you sit down most of the day.

Current Numbers:

Starting Out: 205
Last Week: 179.5
This Week: 177.6

I think I need a sticker chart for good days… or fruit or something.  I’m very reward focused just like my almost 4 year old.  Have any ideas for healthy rewards?

    • Kristan

      Have you tried the cotton candy grapes at Publix? OH. MY. WORD!! Delicious :) I’m right with you. I saw a snake in the woods while I was running and jumped right over it before I even saw it. I haven’t ran since. Scared me to death. Now it seems all my motivation and will power is just gone. I’ve gained a couple pounds since then. I’m really not ready to run in public yet or anywhere where folks can see me. It’s really got me down. I got out a dvd to do and hated it so I just turned it off. Now I feel really bad about myself once again. All excuses I know. Just gotta get my tail out there and do it! Keep it up, Jenny. Thanks for these posts

    • Emily

      I use the app “myfitnesspal” to help me keep track of my calorie intake and exercise. It is a great motivator for me because I have to lose 100lbs. Luigi’s Italian Ice is low in calories and it really helps with my sweet cravings at night.

    • foreveryoung1

      I’m struggling too after losing 29 lbs. I’ve been hitting the sweets and gained a couple of pounds. I’ve added a 5th workout this week, logged my food intake today and tried to stop eating after dinner. It was just a few more bites of this or that as I put away leftovers, but it adds up. My best reward is seeing the scale move downward!

    • charlene Fletcher

      Hi my name is Char and I am a fitness coach. I know how it is to see scary numbers and wonder how you let yourself get to this weight! I would love to chat with anyone that is looking for encouragement or have any questions they would like answered!
      email me at charlenefletcher416@yahoo.com

    • smore93

      I have been away on a missions trip and gained a few # (who gains weight on a missions trip? Except I wasnt in control of what I ate and it was LOTS of high carbs) but am also finding it hard to refocus. I think I am going to pick something I want to buy as a goal….I have some bday rewards so it may be clothes. I am up 3# so if I can get back under 150….it will be mine. (my goal is 140…so might have to pick two things one for under 150 and a bigger one for goal).
      Also suppoaed to be adding weight workout in now that I am back and a friend issued a fitbit challenge so hopefully those will help!
      Good luck and thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring others like me to get moving on those goals!

    • irmolees

      I love new earrings that can be pretty cheap on clearance at Kohls with extra coupons they always have ..

    • Laura Bubnis

      I love reading the weekly weigh in!
      Im going to share some of my best practices and tips with you. I used to compete in NPC figure and fitness competitions and I have my personal training certification and nutrition certification as well.
      First, and foremost, measure yourself instead of stepping on a scale. A woman’s weight can fluctuate 1-5 lbs in a single day, sometimes more if it is around that time of the month (thank you hormones). Instead measure your waist, hips, thighs, arms (upper), and legs (you can do knees and calves). You can just do the first 3 or 4. Re-measure every week and record it. Taking pictures every week also helps.
      Scales can be very misleading because they don’t factor in the fact that muscle weighs more than fat. At my heaviest, I weighed 160 and was a size 16. Today I weigh 140 and am a size 2. (I’m 5’4″). I was helping a co-worker to lose weight after her baby and she was getting so frustrated because the scale said she had only lost 1.4lbs of the 60 she was trying to lose . I had her start measuring herself and in 2 weeks she lost over 12 inches! So far she is down 2 dress sizes and has lost a total of 23 inches.
      The biggest diet tip I tell people is to have a “cheat” day once a week. This doesn’t mean you can eat 2 pizzas and the entire contents of your fridge. It means make that dinner that you have been craving or go out to eat and order that slice of cake you have been drooling over. I like Sundays because We are either out and about downtown eating or have a big Sunday dinner. (I’m Italian, I can’t give up pasta or bread…or chocolate). The “cheat” day allows you to “jumpstart” your metabolism again so that you don’t plateau.
      Next, exercise. Grab a Zumba DVD or my favorite, Billy Blanks Tae-Bo, put your own music on and have fun doing it with your kids. If I can’t get to the gym this is my go to option. For 20 minutes I get to have fun with my 4 year old and get in a pretty good workout.
      Make a chart to track your progress, write down what goals you want to hit, and put a picture of what you are going to reward yourself with. I personally like clothes…and shoes, but it can be whatever you want.
      Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need any help. Its the least i can do in return for you helping me save so much money with coupons and donate alot of great things to people who need it. Keep up the great work!

    • Tanya

      2 tips:
      1 – Read Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (or listen to audiobook like I did.) He really puts to perspective how you should start your mornings and why.
      2 – Find a local group of women who work out or run in the morning. I drive 20 minutes at 4:40 am for a 5 am class, back home, then to work 30 minutes for 3 days a week just so I can start my day with such motivating women. They will hold me accountable if I don’t show up.