Posts Tagged ‘Lifestyle’

Sigh. Long, kick myself-do something about it…sigh.

Have you ever had a wake up call for a wake up call that you’ve had before? You know those wake up calls you get about some fact or situation about your life, but for whatever reason you put it on the back burner and forget about it? Then later on down the road you get a wake up call for THAT previous wake up call?

Yeah, well, I got one of those this past week at work. I let it roll around in my head for a few days, told my husband (Scott) about it…which he decided to be a goofball and tease me about it for hours. Ugh. Then tonight, Saturday, March 4, 2017, I’m sitting here listening to music on YouTube, looking at these good looking women, thinking how I wish I looked even half way decent as them. I’m not talking the super skinny women, but the ones with a bit of meat on them, but still toned and in shape like a woman.

What was my wake up-wake up call? I had a customer come in to the not-for-profit resale shop that I work at and conversate with me for a bit. She then asked me, “When are you due?” Sigh… I’m not pregnant. I’m just fat and a bad sloucher. She apologized and told me that I looked really pretty that day. (I had for once, in a rare moment, put on jewelry and touch of lipstick). She then left, but I sat there and mulled this over in my head…for days.

A few years ago at different job I had another woman, a co-worker, as me the SAME question and it was the same response from me. See it…the wake up call to a wake up call?

I NEED to do something about this. I’m just a bad sloucher & carry most of my fat in the front of my belly, butt, and face. I tend to look about 6-7 months pregnant if I’m slouching. It’s even worse when I’m bloated (like I was earlier this week) or been drinking soda-pop and eating too much sugar.

I know I can loose the weight, I’ve done it before, it can be done. I have the knowledge and the skills, it’s just a matter of actually doing something about it.

Like my brother-in-law, Shea, said once to one of his sons “There’s a difference between motivation and determination.” I have the motivation, TONS of it, but I need the determination.

I think we all end up having SEVERAL reconfirmation wake up calls in the course of our lives on various areas in our life. It’s just a matter of if we listen and take steps to rectify the issue. We CAN and are ABLE to do what we need in our lives to improve ourselves and move on to the next chapter.

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I just started, seriously started, my adventure of living a healthy lifestyle only about 6 weeks ago.  I’m still learning and adjusting to what works for me.

My biggest issue is food.  I don’t eat a whole lot, but when I do eat, it’s BAD foods.  I’ve been looking for and learning alternatives to my favorite foods, like pizza. Mmmmm…pizzzaaaa!  I’ve learned how to make my own crust! Fresh made pizza is SO much tastier than frozen, store bought and WAY healthier…definitely tastier and healthier over take-out pizza.  Even if I choose not to make a crust I use multi-grain or wheat English muffins to make mini-pizzas…better portion control there, too!

I degress…rambling on pizza…no need to wander off in my head there.

Besides learning to wrestle my food into better options, I have been looking at workouts and exercises that I want to do.  I like having a variety so I don’t get bored.  I’m also working on moving my body more often, not just in the gym, but at home.

Motivation…MOTIVATION…one of the hugest obstacles that I and many others deal with daily to keep going on our healthier lifestyles. I have over the years come across several ways to keep one motivated and created a few of my own…photographs, charts, diaries, healthy lifestyle wall/centers, music, visual aids, etc.  In fact, I think in the category on my blog, “Healthy Lifestyle”, I may write a few articles on some different motivators.  Some have worked for me in the past, work for me currently, and some I haven’t tried.  Maybe one of them will work for my readers!

All I can say is trying to live a healthier life in today’s society acceptance and economy can be difficult…BUT…it is doable.  Heck, even with a budget, you can still do it with little or no money.  Any money you do put into it, remind yourself it’s a long-term investment…your combating future health problems that could send you to doctors, emergency room, surgeries, etc.  A little money spent now to eat healthier and move that body is MUCH cheaper than spending thousands of dollars later for health concerns that could have been prevented with living healthier.

I want to expand a bit on my newest coupon organization method…the box with alphabetized envelopes.

My box method

My box method

I do LOVE this method. It works well with my obsessive need to have my coupons organized and quickly gotten to. As you can see from the photo above I have quite a bit I put into the plastic shoe box (lid under the box). Those are all the things I use to do my coupon shopping and organizing my lists to shop with.

2nd and newest box organizer for alphabetization method.

2nd and newest box organizer for alphabetization method.

Main categories:

“FOOD” with a green star:  These are all coupons that will double at Schnucks/Highlander/Logli’s in Rockford, IL…every day! Includes stuff like protein bars & shakes.

“PRODUCTS” with a green star:  These are all coupons that will double at Schnucks/Highlander/Logli’s in Rockford, IL…every day! Includes everything from vitamins to cleaning supplies to personal hygene.

“FOOD” no star:  These are all other coupons I have that don’t go in first 2 categories.

“PRODUCTS”  no star:  These are all other coupons I have that don’t go in first 2 categories.

“STORES”:  coupons for specific stores and restuarant couons.

“CAT”: envelope by itself right up front for all my cat coupons.





Shopping tools. Grey pouch hold store cards & paper clips. Red thing is my note card organizer. Pens, etc in the front all go in the small white plastic container in my box.

Shopping tools. Grey pouch hold store cards & paper clips. Red thing is my note card organizer. Pens, etc in the front all go in the small white plastic container in my box.

List of things I have in my box:

4 sets of alphabetized envelopes (see above)

Grey pouch to hold my store cards and small items like paper clips. My iSlicer is also in there (a tool for cutting paper I got from Pampered Chef).

Red note card holder with 5 pockets inside. I use this to organize coupons and shopping lists either by store or for coupon specials like triple coupon or super double days.

Small scissors



China markers. I use these to mark up ads. Less messy then Sharpies and show up well.

Highlighters. I use these to highlight stuff on my lists…must get, check on, etc.

Note cards to make other lists

Blank envelopes (not pictured) for putting coupons in for spur of moment shopping trips.

Stapler (not pictured). I used to have a small one for just in case needs, but I need to get a new one.

The small scissors, calculator, pens, china markers, highlighters, note cards, and stapler all go in the small, white plastic container (Cottenelle wet wipes box) inside my box.  The note card holder goes under the small container. The grey pouch behind the container with extra envelopes. On the side I have a coupon book from Walgreen’s…you may or may not be able to see it.

I also carry with me a clipboard with loose leaf paper.  I use it to keep track of spending, making reminder notes to check something, have store coupon polices (lately I use a small school report folder or binder for these), and have master lists.

This alpabetizing method works great for me because even with planned shopping trips, I will come across other sales that were not in the ads I had looked over.  When I see one, I can just quickly grab the letter envelope I need and search for a coupon I think I might have.  I alphabetize by brand name or what makes sense to me.  Example: General Mills cereals…if I have one that lists multiple flavors of their cereal it goes under “G”, but if it lists for only Chex it will go under “C”.

Please still my method if you think it will work for you. It never hurts to try something…you never know if it’ll work for you otherwise…especially in couponing.