A Factory Working, College Grad Getting Out of Debt

Losing Weight on a Budget

Even though I am currently working on getting a budget together by collecting my expenditures and such this month, that does not mean that my ideas and implementation of such should be suspended.  And since I have restarted my healthy weight loss regimen with the first day of this month, it has already become an issue.

A lot of people use weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers or Nurtrisystem that can cost hundreds of dollars a year.  More people spend money on healthy and organic foods but lose a lot of that money in waste every week.  It’s a budget maker’s nightmare truth be told.

I love the idea of Weight Watchers.  Go figure right?  The program that helps you stay motivated by having encouragement from others who are in the same situation would be the program I have the most interest.  Why do you think I created a budget; money saving blog???  The only bad thing is it costs a lot of money.  And any money at this point guys is a lot of money in my world.  It’s overwhelming having all of this debt that I don’t want in any way to keep piling on top.  So I found the perfect solution: My Fitness Pal.

It’s the free version of Weight Watchers and you have peers online keeping you motivated and on task.  Lots of encouragement, lots of fun, and lots of inspiration all over that website and its forums. I have used this program over the course of this year and fell off it because I had no one with me working on it.  However, when I was on it last, I lost 8 pounds, and the lifestyle of watching my overall daily intake has helped me stay at that weight for the past month without really trying. Doesn’t mean I haven’t cheated, but I have done so much better at maintaining now.

I really want to try it again.  I feel it’s just the best time to start making some very positive changes in my life, and why not do this while coinciding with a promotion, a fresh college graduation, and a lifestyle choice on saving money. Now that my boyfriend and I are both heavily committed to it, we have each other to encourage each other every day (or nag, whichever you prefer).

Here’s my next problem:  a lot of people get a gym membership when they want to lose weight.  As any money is more money than I am willing to spend, going to the gym is out of the question.  I will simply rely on working out on my terms.  True, that will probably mean a lot more sit-ups and push-ups, but I can handle that.  My mother also has a stationary bike, and my boyfriend and I like to take long walks when the weather is decent.  I might even get back to borrowing the family Wii and working out on Wii Fit when the weather starts to turn and I can’t go outside as much as I would like to be active.  Using the potential tools that I already have is the best way of keeping in budget and not accruing any unnecessary expenditures.

The last hurdle that I have to clear is how am I going to save money on the healthy foods like fresh produce and organic items that are usually more expensive than the heavily saturated products out there?  Truly, that is the ultimate reason why so many at the lower pay brackets are fighting obesity… the fatty, bad for you foods are just cheaper.  The other dilemma to this hurdle is that if I go grocery shopping only once a week, I run the risk of losing so much money in potential food waste.  I don’t want to do that.  It seems the only solution would to buy only what I want and need for two-three days worth of food.  Sure that might mean that I have to go grocery shopping a couple of times a week, but honestly, that’s not really going to hurt my gas budget because I can easily run to the grocery store when I am on my way home from work most days.  Not only will this save me money, but I will control the potential food waste and my calorie intake at the same time.

To sum it all up, my goals are simple for losing weight:

  • Use MyFitnessPal.com to count calories and track daily exercise
  • Use my mother’s exercise bike, the family Wii, and just plain hard exercise like push-ups and sit-ups to save money from a gym.
  • Save money by preventing potential food waste by only buying the amount of food that I will be eating every couple of days.

Are you trying to lose weight and save money at the same time?  Any tips?  What is your experience on this issue?

Count those raindrops!

DecMeadow.

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    On the portion of joining a gym, many places offer a student discount which may be looking into, also look and see if they have special going on in the near future. A membership “if used” can be a good investment and not just another expenditure. A stationary bike and crunches alone are not the best means of losing weight (it is still far better than sitting on the couch!!). A gym will often offer a free orientation for members with a trainer. During that time you can ask question on what excercises, machines, classes, and food choices you should be making to reach your goal, take advantage of this session they are there to help and guide YOU. Yes excercising at home is possible however few people statistically follow through (The “ill do it tommorrow mentallity”) If you are paying for something your going to use it, it just a matter of making it fit your schedule.

    There are many online nutrition trackers available, however just there are alot of cars not all of them are good choices. Weight watchers uses a point system per week, so an apple = 1 or 2 points i believe. Some could in theory save their alloted points for the week and gorge themselves on the weekend. This is not good because they are limiting their food throughout the week and gaining massively excessive calorie on the weekend = weight gain and fat gain.

    It is not wrong to use a site such a my fitness pal however keep in mind not all is at it appears. I suggest looking up a nutrition program which is free if you look hard enough, i.e. google. Some good choices are the paleo diet, velocity, South Beach, or just plain eating fresh foods. The processed foods is what makes us gain excess fat as well starches. in short (hahaha) stay away from pastas, white bread, white rices, and packaged carbohydrates (chips, triscuit). They are very hard for the body to process and use as energy so when they are converted they are stroed as fat. Try to more meats and more fats and plenty of fresh vegetables. Brown rice, sweet potatoes would be good alternative for someone who may be carb addicted because they digest more easily.

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