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legcramps - Thursday Jan 27, 2011

Weight: 167.0

One more day of work, then i'm off for three days, hallelujah.

Had my rest day yesterday, but gosh i'm still super exhausted. I had to be at an evening meeting until 7pm, then did some running around town, then by the time I got home I didn't feel like eating or anything. I just wanted to go to sleep ;) but I forced myself to stay awake until 9:30pm and had something to eat. I didn't want to get up this morning, but I did seeing as I have tomorrow to rest all day long if I want to!

Had my oatmeal in the morning, then 3 tblspns chili and a whole wheat bun for lunch, an apple in the afternoon, and 1/2 cup vegetable soup and 1/2 ham sandwich at the meeting. Then I threw back 1/2 cup brown rice and part of a chicken breast when I got home.

Today I started out with oatmeal at work, but have only managed to get about 1/4 of that down so far. I have training starting at 11am, so i'll miss lunch but will suck back the water for the rest of the day and hopefully that will stop my tummy from growling ;) Brought an apple too if I need a snack.

Another boot camp class tonight, then it's to bed for me, no matter the time. I need me some sleep.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

lifestylechange on 01/27/2011:
Have a great day:))

just42day on 01/27/2011:
Your foods sound great! :)

V on 01/27/2011:
What'sup killer? I hope you have a fantastic day! Love ya!

geevee on 01/27/2011:
Good for you and your portion control plus the excellent choice of food.

moogy on 01/27/2011:
I am loving the way you are planning your food. I got on the treadmill today, at last!! And I must thank you in part for your example of hard excercise. I was reading your entries and thinking I must I must and today I did. So thank you.:)

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 26, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Went to boot camp last night, but I really didn't want to. It was a lot more difficult than usual to get myself moving. I was totally exhausted after the class. I could barely even move my legs anymore, they wanted to buckle underneath me everytime I tried to take a step. When I got home I collapsed on the couch until I got too cold (too much sweating makes for a cold girl when she doesn't take a shower right away) and had to take a hot bath to warm up. Then I ate and went to bed. Woohoo. Party on.

I'm up for another depo shot and that must be why i'm feeling so tired and crampy lately.

Rest day today. I've been feeling a lot of stress lately, but i'm trying to let it go. It's hard to keep up with my own interpretation of what my life should look like, nevermind what others think it should look like.

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 01/26/2011:
I did the couch to 5 k last spring and actually ran 2 5ks last summer... I then proceeded to not run at all from mid october through new years... I didn't start again at the beginning I started at week 3 and luckily I seem to be progressing nicely... I LOVE the couch to 5k too, it does give you great senses of accomplishment! Sounds like you have a WELL deserved rest day today!

moogy on 01/26/2011:
You have set your own bar high for yourself. Somedays not reaching it is not a failure it just means that you are needing a break. Be gentle with yourself, not physically - I know that is not an option for you. But with the way you feel when you have a day off.!!:)

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 25, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Well it looks like I will have to wait it out until spring to fix the leaky wall problem. There is so much ice covering my roof and eaves that there's no way to get it off without doing some damage, either to the eaves or to the shingles. So there we go. I suffer with it until spring and hope it doesn't do too much damage on the inside.

Went for a 3 mile run outside last night. It was okay, but I might suffer for it tonight at boot camp ;) I feel my calf muscles already, so i'm sure they'll be on fire after class.

I am super busy. Love you all. Take care today!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 01/25/2011:
yuck, leaky wall! We have that, too. We have to wait until 4000 Euros to fix the problem though, and it's rising. This is why our flat is like a medieval castle, brr... Great job on running :).

getmebackto150 on 01/25/2011:
You are SO brave running outside!!! I hear you... my roof has about 3 inches (or more!) of ice underneath all of the snow... I'm HOPING that just keeping up on the icicles and snow will keep the leaks at bay until I can do SOMTHING in the spring... Here's hoping both of our houses willremain water tight!

chidogs on 01/25/2011:
Yeah, even here in So.Calif. we have leaky roofs. Our mountain cabin had the leaks down the walls in our big 7 day rainstorm a month ago, and we are still trying to get roofers up there. Nothing like your ice though. Take.

moogy on 01/25/2011:
Lets hope that the walls are in as good as conditon as you are following winter!!

legcramps - Monday Jan 24, 2011

Weight: 167.0

I went ahead and rested again on Saturday, haha. That wasn't the plan, but I was very lazy that day. I've been getting a stupid headache pretty much every morning and when I had it upon waking on Saturday morning I just decided not to do anything except watch old episodes of tv shows on the internet. I did go out for supper that night, and ate stuffed chicken with a baked potato and cream of potato soup. Lots of potato. Which is why I was so literally 'stuffed' until supper the next day :)

Sunday morning got up and went for a 3 mile run. It was rough - the wind was crazy, it had started to sleet as soon as we hit the ground running, and I felt like I had no breath left in me. The first half of the run was terrible, but I got into a rhythm for the second half and it wasn't so bad - especially since I was running with the wind and rain instead of against it ;)

I did all my cooking for this week, as it's going to be very busy at work and at home. I have a friend possibly coming over today to try and get some of the snow off my roof. I hope this will solve my leaking walls dilemma!

Monday - work; snow off roof; run.

Tuesday - work; boot camp.

Wednesday - work; evening meeting.

Thursday - work; boot camp; committee work.

Friday - day off!!!!! run, haircut, dogcut, housework.

I am also starting to train my replacement this week, so that adds a little more stress to the situation. Well, I'm glad it'll be over soon and I can get into my new job completely instead of half-a$$ed!!!

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

getmebackto150 on 01/24/2011:
Sounds like you have a good week planned! So happy to hear you have a replacement at work... Yes its more stressful NOW but it will be better in the near future! I took snow off of my roof over the problem area and "knock on wood" no leaking since... I hope you also have luck!

V on 01/24/2011:
OMG! Good for you for prepping your meals for the week! It has certainly been a great burden off my back and one less thing to think about with a hectic work schedule! Hey I am proud of you! I only wish that I might go to a few boot camps with you! Bring on the pain,it hirts sooo good ;) Have a good day!

Maria7 on 01/24/2011:
Hope you have a nice Monday! :-)

Umpqua on 01/24/2011:
Good news on training your replacement. I hope you have a good week!

Runforfun on 01/24/2011:
Ahh.. can't believe you can run in the wind and rain! That's dedication! I like to run inside, on a treadmill, with a fan above me and tv's infront of me! :) haha.

moogy on 01/24/2011:
I am amazed at the sheer determination to do what you want to do come rain, wind, snow whatever. You are amazing!!

legcramps - Friday Jan 21, 2011

Weight: 167.0

I swear I have a coffee hangover today from all the coffee I drank yesterday in honor of National Coffee Day

Another cup should get rid of it.

Life went pretty well yesterday. I tried a new experiment: eating something before boot camp to ensure I don't run out of energy; perhaps in the process healing my shin pain issue 'cause miracles can happen to you and to me too.

After work I had a snack of a toasted bagel with almond butter and 1/2 an apple before boot camp. I felt good, full of energy. The first half of boot camp went well, I even bragged that I felt good. The bagel, almond butter and apple were doing their job, giving me enough energy to work hard in the class. I was feeling no shin pain.

The second half of boot camp was spent feeling like I was gonna throw up the bagel, almond butter and apple.

Next time, i'll try only half a bagel. But still, no shin pain so that's good. One day at a time.

I am debating resting tonight and running tomorrow morning. I might have to resign myself to the fact that i'll need a rest day after boot camp sessions. I think i'm gonna go ahead and pay for February's sessions too. It's definitely working, so why not?

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

V on 01/21/2011:
Girl helz yes you need a bootcamp break!! Rest is good but if you decide to workout make it a walk, nothing high intensity! Or since i am off tomorrow, you could come over and we could do extreme power shots of Jager and celsius! LOL Great job you are doing, with all the hard work you should see the numbers go down with the quickness! Love ya

sweetpea1977 on 01/21/2011:
That is a great pre-workout snack. I think eating it a little earlier or eating a smaller portion like you suggested should keep you from feeling sick later. One pre-workout running snack I liked was a rice cake with pb on it. It was a light snack so I never got sick afterwards. If that isnt enough energy, drink a small glass of milk or eat a half of a banana with it.

Bootcamp workouts are tough, so yea, give yourself a rest day afterwards. If you feel guilty about not exercising on those days, you could always go on a casual walk or do some stretches.

Hope you recover quickly from your caffeine hangover! :)

getmebackto150 on 01/21/2011:
I wanted to check in and tell you, you are not alone with the walls leaking... We have a big picture window and the wall/frame above it started leaking yesterday... Ugghhh... I agree sometimes being a homeowner sucks!!! We are going to try to clear the roof off ourselves, but I'm NOT looking forward to it... HAve a great day!

hollybelle on 01/21/2011:
Eating at least an hour before should be OK - I like your plan to eat a bit less so less full - but eating a little something is good. YAY for no shin pain. When I begin exercise again (I have been so sick) I am going to do every other day for awhile so I can rest and heal more slowly, etc.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/21/2011:
really, national coffee day was yesterday!? cool. i've had coffee hangovers before, lol. just feeling like you cannot have another sip the following day! :-)

I've had workout nausea before, too. usually when doing weights, a long time ago, when i had a trainer to push me hard!

Maria7 on 01/21/2011:
Pre workout snack sounds like a good plan, also having rest, too. Glad you are feeling better. Take care.

teensybikini on 01/23/2011:
That sounds great as a snack before all that power workout! Keep it up! I think in general bootcamp is supposed to make your body work its hardest so it's not just you! Rest up!

legcramps - Thursday Jan 20, 2011

Weight: 167.0

I was told once by a guy in the 10th grade that I was cool. I thought he was being sarcastic, and he actually meant cool, as in, icy. COLD: marked by a lack of the warmth of normal human emotion, friendliness, or compassion <a cold stare> <got a cold reception>; also : not moved to enthusiasm <the movie leaves me cold>

Today, however, I am cool in the most literal sense of the word. COLD: marked by the loss of normal body heat <cold hands>; especially : dead

Oh Lord, that wasn't the right definition. Hang on... COLD:  having or being a temperature that is uncomfortably low for humans <it is cold outside today> <a cold drafty attic>

I don't really think I could be any more cold, but I don't want to tempt the forces of nature to prove me otherwise. I just checked the forecast for today and it's -31 celsius without windchill, which would add another -5 degrees or so. That's -32.8 fahrenheit according to http://www.metric-conversions.org/temperature/celsius-to-fahrenheit.htm. I don't know if you think that's cold, but I sure do.

I downloaded a radio station on my cell phone yesterday and was really eager to use it at the gym. Before I left the house, I checked my wall calendar because I was curious to see how much i've been working out lately. After I checked it, I changed my mind and decided to stay at home and rest, because:

From December 15 to December 31, I did nothing according to my calendar, which is kept pretty up-to-date.

From January 1 to January 18, I've worked out 13 times.

That's a huge difference from December to January. That is probably why my shins hurt. I need to get used to working out more before I can actually work out more ;) So what did I do for my surprise rest day? I ate sushi and watched V (Visitors) and it was great :)

14.87 miles run - 235.13 miles left

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 01/20/2011:
hahahaha, you are cool as in "pure awesome" to me! :)

I cant believe the temps you're having there. You need to move!!

Glad you enjoyed a day off, sounds like you needed one!

Stay warm!!!!

sweetpea1977 on 01/20/2011:
yes, creamy pb is the way to go!!

moogy on 01/20/2011:
Yep, you are right, that is cold, darn cold. I don't think I have ever been in weather that cold. You stay warm, as in cosy, bundled up, comfortable and not shivering.:)

shadetree on 01/20/2011:
And I was whining about single digits! When it gets into the negatives that's when I start updating the resume and looking toward warmer climates!

V on 01/20/2011:
You are cooler than a polar bear's toenails! ;) HAHA dang! If you didn't have that extra cup of Joe today no worries. I had enough for every member ;) Love ya!

emmy'smom-mom on 01/21/2011:
You aren't in Saskatoon are you? That's were my mom lives and she told me it was -40 with wind chill on thrusday. If you are you can look forward to a balmy -12 today lol. Have a good day

legcramps - Wednesday Jan 19, 2011

Weight: 167.0

Hi ladies :) I feel much better today, much thanks to all of you lovely girls who took the time to make a positive comment yesterday and made me smile :)

Boot camp was like torture. As in, "please God, will it ever end?" kind of torture. I didn't know one person could do so many suicide jumps and not pass out purely from lack of blood flow to the brain. At one point the instructor asked if "anyone out there hates me now", and I raised my arm as high as I could in reply to let him know that yes, he was definitely pissing me off. Then he laughed and said "well you told me to make it harder". I'm sorry, but I don't remember saying any such thing. No wonder I had to walk it out halfway through - here I thought I was just incompetent and he went and raised the freakin' bar!

My shins starting hurting around that time too, so i've decided if it's nice enough outside today I will try running outside with my other running shoes. I want to see if my shins will still hurt wearing them or if it really is due to the runners i'm wearing indoors. If it's really cold, maybe a long walk on the treadmill at the gym.

My eats have been good over the past few days and I even weighed myself today to record a bit of a loss! Finally!

It's supposed to be warming up within the next day or two, so i'm worried that my walls will start leaking again. I think I might bite the bullet and call a snow removal guy to come and clear the roof and even possibly put up those electric heat thingies for me (truthfully, I don't know what they're called). If it costs me half my pay, I think the answer will be "no thanks", but I really need to get it done so anything under that amount I think i'll have to go for. Sigh. I hate making decisions.


I had forgotten that i'd made a resolution this year to run 250 miles, so I just want to add my countdown to zero :)

14.87 miles run - 235.13 miles left

Progress as of today: 8 lbs lost so far, only 12 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 01/19/2011:
lol, thanks for the funny comment. I could easily clock him, he is so puny and pathetic, unlike the rest of my uncles (maybe he was secretly adopted??).

Im glad today is a better day for you. I hate that things have been going so rough for you lately. I'll send some positive vibes your way in hopes that the good days continue!

Glad you survived boot camp. Sounds tough!!

Congrats on the weight loss!!!

Umpqua on 01/19/2011:
I guess being a mean bastard goes along with the title of Boot Camp Instructor LOL. I hope you get your roof situation straightened out, have a good one!

getmebackto150 on 01/19/2011:
I hear you on the frustrations of being a home owner... blah... That boot camp sounds... INTENSE.. but... you are losing weight so I guess its making a difference... Here is hoping that the estimate for your roof is pleasantly low! Have a good one

emmy'smom-mom on 01/19/2011:
what's a suicide jump? Sounds horrid!

emmy'smom-mom on 01/19/2011:
Hey, I just looked at your bio page, I'm from Canada too! I live in England though and don't get back often enough and miss it loads.

hopingforhealth on 01/19/2011:
Ha ha. Way to raise the bar and punish yourself. But it's the good pain, right?

Yea, most days you could just leave me at a salt lick and i'd be a happy camper!

moogy on 01/19/2011:
You are an inspiration. The thing is that I know you don't always find it easy but it doesn't stop you from trying and I love that about you. Thanks:)

shadetree on 01/19/2011:
I knew exactly what you meant by "electric heat thingies" - and I don't know what they are really called either! But whatever they are called, i hope that you get the roof issue fixed! I think everyone I know that has done the boot camp thing has said pretty much felt the same way about their instructor - I guess intimidation is one form of motivation....Glad today was a better day for you!

V on 01/19/2011:
Love love love your drive and determination!

biscottibody59 on 01/19/2011:
Here's hoping the other shoes give your poor shins a break--you deserve one!

legcramps - Tuesday Jan 18, 2011

Weight: 169.5

I'm sorry I went off like I did in my post yesterday. I was really feeling like He had pushed me down and was stepping all over me.

I don't know if this is a good thing or not, but it's terribly cold here now and so my walls haven't been leaking... it's a nice reprieve seeing as I won't be able to do anything about it until the end of the week when I get to spend over $100 on electric heater cord thingies for my roof. Which I will then have to figure out how to attach them to the roof without killing myself or anyone around me because I can't afford to hire someone to do it for me. Did I already say they are over $100? For tiny little cords sitting on my roof? Ridiculous.

I had a little trouble motivating myself to go to the gym yesterday, but I got there in the end. I really, really wanted to do a long run, anything over 3 miles, but it just wasn't to be. My shins were really hurting by the time I finished the compulsory 2 miles, so I just called it quits and went home to ice them and relax. I think they continue to hurt because 1) I am doing a lot more than I was in December and it's probably a bit of a shock to those poor legs, and 2) It could be that i'm not wearing appropriate footwear at the gym. I wear runners, but they're cheap ones and may not be providing enough support.

Thank goodness an evening meeting has been cancelled for tonight; that means I get to go to boot camp. I have a feeling it will be another "venting" session ;)

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 14.5 lbs to go!

V on 01/18/2011:
Man I am sorry and I can feel your frustrations :( Just please be kind to your knees and don't overdo it! Footwear is everything as you know, it is the only splurge I allow myself because I am usually on my feet at least 8 hours per day(no sitting at work) As far as running shoes, do you guys have a Peltz there? Or Marshall's has great running shoes on the cheap( they sell what is considered past season's foot wear) Now as long as they are comfy who cares if the shoe isn't a recent design, lol Have a wonderful day!

Umpqua on 01/18/2011:
Sorry you've had a rough couple of days, hang in there. Yay for boot camp!

V on 01/18/2011:
Oh you have no idea how excited I am, if i were a boy, I'd have a boner right now!!! LOL!!!! Whew!!!!

V on 01/18/2011:

moogy on 01/18/2011:
I think that you did great getting to the gym with all the worries you have at the moment.:)

chidogs on 01/18/2011:
Just curious, what are those things you are getting for the roof? And congrats on moving on and getting to the gym. Bravo.

hopingforhealth on 01/18/2011:
I'm sorry you have had an annoying couple of days! But, I think that when you are in a rotten mood and don't want to go, just making it is an achievement! I wouldn't worry about not doing more.

nita51 on 01/18/2011:
I feel ya girlfriend, I too have had a few crappy days myself. You're still doing well with your workouts, and that will relieve a lot of stress. Just go easy on your legs. I remember a while back, you had some serious issues with your legs that really worried me. Remember "Easy Does It" Love Ya and thanks for checking in on me.

fatgirl101 on 01/18/2011:
it sucks having those down days, but you only feel that much better when you pick yourself up again, then its an accomoplishment :) Have a fantactic day, enjoy boot camp.

legcramps - Monday Jan 17, 2011

Weight: 169.5

Ugh! All this snow is driving me insane! I want to go on strike against Mother Nature. I don't like her at all right now.

The snow is really piling up, and it's weighing heavily on my rooftop. Water is even starting to seep in between the walls. If I don't get this fixed asap, I don't know what i'll do. I just hate being a homeowner sometimes.

As you might be able to tell, i'm not in a great mood this morning. I got to work and there've been problems ever since. All of this is grating on my last nerve and it's only Monday morning! I feel like packing up and going home only the stupid water coming down inside the walls of my house would grate on me even more! I knew everything was going too well for me...

My weekend was spent doing laundry, shovelling, cleaning up around the house and fretting about all the snow we're getting. I think I may have made myself sick. And angry. Very angry at Mother Nature, but i've already touched on that.

Anyways, all this re-iterating and remembering is giving me a headache, and apparently I have a lot to contend with this week at work, so i'm gonna beg off. I really hope I can at least get over the incredible anger that keeps washing over me every few minutes. I kinda wish for once that life would go well for longer than two weeks at a time.

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 14.5 lbs to go!

tangalyn on 01/17/2011:
i know exactly what u mean about the darn snow!! im sooo hating it, shoveling every day, last time we got 8 more inches and i could not shovel it because there was no place to pile it, its crazy.. well anyways, hope u have a great day!!

just42day on 01/17/2011:
Sorry about all the snow and the anxiety it's causing. I really hear you on sometimes hating being a homeowner. I feel that way constantly. Sure wish I was handy or had a handyman in my life - don't need/want a husband -- just a handyman who'd fix so many things around the house. It'd make life so much easier. Sure hope your day improves. am thinking of you! :)

V on 01/17/2011:
Just a curve ball thrown at ya just to see how much you can handle, I am sure MN will balance this out by sending you an unexpected blessing today :) If not then I shall stand right next to you on the picket line!! Love ya! Have a wonderful rest of your day :)

chidogs on 01/17/2011:
I'm sorry about the roof and leak things. Been there too, so I really understand the frustration. Take a deep breath, we are all on your side.

Umpqua on 01/17/2011:
Ugh on water getting into your walls. I hope the snow lets up and you have a peaceful rest of week.

KathyBlue on 01/17/2011:
Shoveling is a good exercise! Don't be angry, it's just a season, it will pass away soon... :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/17/2011:
sorry about the darn snow! I hate it more than anything as well! It's the worst! ok, no more complaining...

so you double dog dare me...and i have been thinking about him...thinking about saying hello...complimenting him on his exercise. it is hard to go up to someone you've never spoken to and as about coffee, though. no?

but yes, i've been seeing him OFTEN and boy does he rock my world when our paths cross at the gym! haha.

oh, the pedestal thing....he has a really hot body. hottest one in the gym in my opinion - very learn and sculpted, lots of muscle, hardly a sliver of fat. so there you go - i am not there and although i can definitely progress from where i'm at, i'll probably never reach his level as he was probably a gymnast or something way back.

anyways, you probably were asking a rhetorical question, but that is why i put him up there on the pedestal. He is just so hot.

moogy on 01/17/2011:
I am sorry that the weather has caused you to feel so bad. You seem to have the same reaction to all that snow as I do to the heat. Would you like to live with me in the place where the weather just drifts between 60 -78? I hope the snow doesn't do any damage.

Maria7 on 01/17/2011:
Water coming down inside the walls of your house? Is it melting snow or what? Our snow here is melting a little more every day. I see you are in Canada...don't know how it is for your spring but spring is just a couple months away...try to hang in there and hope things get better for ya!

legcramps - Friday Jan 14, 2011

Weight: 169.5

Yes, i'm definitely on an exercise high and can totally imagine getting burnout soon. Must be very careful.

Boot camp was awesome. It's amazing how a person can feel so exhausted and yet not be exhausted at all. I was so tired yesterday at work and after work. I just really didn't want to go to boot camp because I figured it would be a struggle for me the whole time because I was exhausted. But I got my crap together long enough to get in the car and drive over to the gym in time for the class.

It was really hard to get into it. My shoulders felt like they were hanging out at my waistline, that's how bummed I felt about being there. I just wasn't willing to put in the effort. And then the instructor started making us run, getting our heartrates up, switching things up - pissing me off. And I must've crossed whatever barrier was holding me back, because after that little rip up, I was good to go. In fact, I was mentally asking Mr. Instructor Dude to freakin' Bring It On.

It wasn't that I found any extra energy, it's just that I found some adrenaline and a pace that was more interesting. The class sped by after that and I went home tired but really happy that i'd gone.

My eating over the past week leaves something to be desired. I've been taking in sodium like crazy and I can feel it in the bloatedness of my body. It's impossible to start working out at a higher intensity without adding the required fuel that I need to get me through the classes. This means i've been eating more, but i've also been choosing foods that realistically I don't require. I think it'll be back to chicken next week - for the past few weeks i've been making meals with red meat and maybe I need to slow down on the red meat for a bit. The trouble is that most red meat products are far less costly :( and i'm on a tight budget and therefore need to seriously consider what i'm spending money on.

Anyways, hope you're all doing well and it's Friday so i'm GOING TO take the time to comment on your entries today - I have a few priority jobs to do and THAT'S ALL i'm gonna do today ;)

Progress as of today: 5.5 lbs lost so far, only 14.5 lbs to go!

KathyBlue on 01/14/2011:
lol, great plan :D I see bootcamp is in fashion, have to look after that over the weekend!:D

sweetpea1977 on 01/14/2011:
Yay for bootcamp! So glad that it ended up being a good thing for you. :)

As for your budget, I have a few ideas.

1. Start visiting your store(s) websites online before heading to the store and see when their sales take place. If they have sales ad onlines, you can make your grocery list based on the items that are on sale (and then add the weekly essentials you cant live without). Most of the time, you can find enough healthy sale items (fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and fish) on there for you to last on for a week. If chicken or turkey items happen to be on sale, stock up on those for you to last a month or two. Invest in some ziplock bags and portion out your meats into individual servings, note the date with a permanent marker, and stack them in the back of your freezer.

2. Buy generic whenever possible and do price comparison shopping on items you're on the fence about. (take a calculator with you if you suck at math like me). Perhaps the price difference will convince you to try other brands or the generic stuff. FYI, most generic stuff is produced at the same processing plants as major name brand stuff, so you're essentially paying extra for fancy packaging.

3. One of my stores is known for its Buy One Get One free sales, so if you have a store like that in your area shop there first.

4. Shop at multiple stores. Compare sale ads and see who has the better deals on the same/similar items. Separate your coupons and grocery lists by stores and save up! FYI, the drug stores here in the USA seem to save me the most money. I've heard they are the best place to buy your makeup and hygiene goods.

5. If you can clip coupons (which I recommend), you can combine those with sale items, BOGO items, and store coupons, which will save you even more money. :) Also, if your store has a member card, sign up for one and it will reward you with points and/or give you further discounts on items. These items are usually marked with special stickers on the shelves.

tangalyn on 01/14/2011:
i love the shred videos :) sounds like u r doing really well, im glad :) hope u have a great day!

Umpqua on 01/14/2011:
Great job on the bootcamp! I find myself getting angry during workouts sometimes for no good reason. I think it's just my body's way of revving up since I'm normally a pretty mellow person LOL. Have a good one!

sweetpea1977 on 01/14/2011:
You're welcome! Good luck on your money saving adventures.

BTW, like you and Umpqua, I get very angry during workouts too. I scream and throw a fit, especially if Im following a Jillian Michaels workout! Im not-so-sweet-sweetpea when I am around her! lol But I always feel better afterwards, so its totally worth it!

biscottibody59 on 01/14/2011:
I don't know, this slow road back from where I *think* I once was--looking back can be disheartening--leaves a lot to be desired.

As long as you're not doing permanent damage--keep on keepin' on!

Have a lovely afternoon!

liza36 on 01/14/2011:
Awesome job at bootcamp. I don't know that I've ever gotten angry during a workout. Actually, I guess I should work out first to find out. Have a good one!

moogy on 01/14/2011:
I am so glad that you were able to ramp it up for Boot Camp, well done you!! I am so proud of you, it wouldn't have been easy and I am sure that your muscles will be complaining today. But, you did it so good for you!!

Maria7 on 01/14/2011:
Wow, sounds like you had quite an intense workout...sure need good food for the required energy for that and the red meat with the iron in it probably helped a lot. Take good care of yourself. Hope you're having a nice evening. :-)

V on 01/14/2011:
Man i wish i could accompany you to a workout :( Why do you live so far away??? Rats! LOl have a good one

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