Friday, June 4, 2010


So this blog is about Finances and losing weight on a budget. Which is pretty much what i have done as I am a single mom on a assistance.

I had quit my job in December due to my back injury and my unemployment ran out so I was forced to go on a assistance to support my children. The worker was excellent and she was very helpful with suggestions for my back and suggested I join the Y and that it would be covered by them. So I contemplated that as I have never been interested in working out but of course would like to not be in pain all the time and lose weight. Well then January came and I became very sick. So I couldn't even get out of bed some days and was in the hospital several times in that month.

When I was finally able to get up and do some things I headed to the Y to start our memberships and my life change. When I stepped on the scale for the first time I had lost 20 pounds (which I would not recommend doing it that way but unfortunately thats how my journey started). This is when I decided that I can do it and I am going to do it.

So I started working out at the gym and my membership was covered through the ontario works but I was also granted a discount because I am low income and you don't have to be just on assistance to get the discount, if interested in a gym membership and think you can't afford it go and talk to them and see if you can get some assistance, no harm in asking them they are quite friendly and willing to help.

I have also been a junk food junkie and knew I needed to cut these things out and so were my children and they were so helpful and willing to help there mom and themselves get healthy. So we cut out all the junk food buying which saves alot of money trust me on this. We started to buy more healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables with in our budget but really we were saving because of the junk food. As well a huge savings for me was portion control. If i'm eating less food then it will last longer in the fridge unless of course it goes bad before that. Lol. Also it also depends on the grocery store you are shopping at there alot of deals so look for them reading all the flyers for the sales. If you have to make a few trips it will be worth it in the end unless you don't drive but there is help out there I have great support system which is a key as well.

One of my biggest things was eating breakfast I never liked to it was to hard to do because getting the kids ready there was never enough time. Make the time it's important. You want to make sure you have a protein in the morning. Whether it's toast with some peanut butter, eggs or I would make a smoothie. I would put some yogurt, 1 egg (you can't taste it) a banana or whatever fruit i had and smash it all up and it was so good. 1 way to get me to have yogurt. If you can afford to there are as well protein mix and you can add that as well or add some milk play with it for what you like trust me i did and don't try watermelon not good.

Then for me I have a bigger lunch to satisfy me and a snack around 3 and then for supper I will have my smoothie and that's it for the day. Now of course this may not work for everyone my friend can't do this routine but it works for me and what works for her. Why you need to do what is best for you. I have played around with it for months and of course it will change if going out for supper or lunch as we all need a special treat. We are only human.

I do what I can with what I have and it has worked so far for me. Another tip I have been taking apple cidar vinegar vitamins they are also a antioxidant and they help with weight loss and breaking down your food. You can get them at wal mart for about 8 bucks.

I hope some of this has helped, thanks always for your support.

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