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Horrified! Any helpful ideas?

December 27th, 2008 at 02:18 pm

The good news is that I am not horrified at anything monetary. The bad news is that it is my weight! OMG!!! What have I done?! I had about 50 lbs to lose a few months ago and somehow now it's closer to 60 lbs. I can blame it on depression regarding the loss of my job, or winter, or holidays, or whatever I want, but really I know I can only blame it on eating a lot more. I seem to have been on a big binge lately, and have been feeling powerless to stop. I knew my clothes were getting tighter, and I feel worse, but I just kept avoiding the scale. But, today, I took the brave (or dumb!) step of hopping on the scale and I REALLY am disgusted.

So, along with my financial goals that I'm still working on for 2009, I have some major goals to set regarding weight loss. I feel like if I can control impulse spending, I ought to be able to control impulse eating, but for some reason I have a much harder time doing that. I've come up with a few ideas that should help both in terms of the budget and weight. I am planning to quit my awful diet coke habit. I easily drink about 2/3 of a 2 liter bottle ever day. Assuming 5 bottles a week, that ought to trim anywhere from $5-$10 a week off the budget, assuming that I don't replace it with other diet-type drinks like Crystal Light or flavored water. I also plan to cut out the sweets. My downfall is the junky, cheap, treats that are probably the worst of the worst. Maybe that will trim another few bucks. But, what I struggle with is how I can get this awful weight off, and not break the grocery budget buying healthier food. Any helpful ideas?

4 Responses to “Horrified! Any helpful ideas?”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    Have you ever tried eating a trail mix with lots of nuts and raisins? I buy it at Big Lots for $1.00 a bag and I take one of those ziploc snack size bags to work with me every day. I usually take some kind of soup, stew, or chili to work in a thermos. I take some kind of fresh fruit to get healthy sugars. I also take a mug to make tea and some filtered water. I am not trying to lose weight, but I do have hypoglycemia and am trying to eat healthier and eating this way does seem to keep most of my sugar cravings away.

  2. Amber Says:

    Any cardio excercise such as: walking, running, jumping ropes or riding a bike will help you to lose weight. I joined a gym and even though I have not changed my eating habits (sad to say) I have lost 2 lbs (a pound a week)simply using the eliptical. In addition, to going to the gym when I do go I pay $2 on my cc debt in an attempt to knock down the bill

  3. Homebody Says:

    Eat fruit. Apples are usually pretty cheap. I read somewhere to eat an apple before lunch helps with weight loss. I also had a diet coke addiction for many years. I switched to Crystal Light/homemade iced tea combo that I water down a lot! I have a diet coke now occasionally as a treat.

    My advice is to exercise first thing in the morning. Can you walk for 1/2 an hour before work. I have been getting on our treadmill (that has been in our house for a few years) since starting my new job in the middle of October and weight is starting to come off.

  4. lizajane Says:

    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I used to love walking outside, but not so much in the winter. I always considered that I was pretty active taking care of our horses, but apparently it's not enough. I may try more walking. We do have a big barn I can always walk around inside too, even if it is a little boring.

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