Battle Of The Bulge, Budget-Style: Why To Incorporate A Pedometer Into Your Healthy Lifestyle!

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Hello again, savvy savers! Today I am starting another new blog series, Battle Of The Bulge, Budget-Style! I will be focusing on ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle while be able to afford clean, organic, obtainable foods! I believe this series can be worthwhile for many, who like myself, wish to get more in shape, not through crash-dieting but by small attainable lifestyle changes! All of the changes I propose will be free or affordable, and most meals and plans will contain couponed savings or deals! Fads are fancy, but coupons are a commitment! With that said, here is where I am currently: I have a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. I am looking to lose 60lbs., find affordable non-gym membership options for working out, and change the way I consume food; this includes meals, snacks, and splurges!

Today I am 31 years young, I am 5’6”, and weight is currently 203 lbs; this week past week I have lost 2 pounds. My lifestyle is beginning to change, as I have ventured into Yoga this week, and now incorporate this ancient-practice once a week into my Battle-Of-The-Bulge lifestyle changes. I have also tried eMeals, which I previously posted about here, as well I am drinking 6 glasses of water daily; I am working towards 8 glasses a day.

 

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For my third post, in my Battle of the Bulge, Budget-Style series, I want to post about a diet aid that is so effortless, and budget-friendly, that you will be surprised you are not already utilizing this measure, the pedometer!

Pedometers are convenient, inexpensive, and user-friendly stepping counter. This battery device, I say battery device as I purchased mine from the Dollar Tree, made its debut in the United States in the 1990s and are still popular because of the many advantages associated with using them. These include:

 

1) Allowing the user the ability to classify their personal activity baseline to establish attainable exercise-related goals.

2) Pedometers are inexpensive.

3) Pedometers are a firm of instant-gratification, as you will know just home many steps you took during the day.

 

Also, according to the American Diabetes Association, if you decide to implement a pedometer in your day-to-day routine, consider this:

– If you walked 0-4,999 steps per day, you are classified as not very active.
– If you were in the 5000-7,499 range, you are low active.
– You are classified as somewhat active with 7,500-9,999.
– You are considered active when you reach 10,000-12,499 steps.
– You are considered highly active when you walk at least 12,500 steps per day.

I have found that by using a pedometer, and as I stared out as not very active, the pedometer encouraged me to step it up, walking wise. I started to implement small changes into my day, just to see my pedometer go up; I would walk to the mailbox, I walked two extra blocks with the dogs twice a day, I would walk to the end of the street to meet the UPS driver for deliveries, I made an extra trip to walk around my yard to check for leaves and fallen branches, and to tidy my yard up. I also make a point of stopping and immediately putting my mail away when it arrives, completing small 15-minute room pick-ups daily, and even walk around the kitchen while midday snacking, to help increase my personal mileage!

This motivation has helped me walk a whopping 3 miles a day, just indoors completing work, chores, pet and child care, and blogging! This combined with my new walking routine means I walk 5 miles a day, and am not putting forth more effort than normal; I am walking smarter, not harder!

A pedometer helps me to make losing weight fun, challenging, and budget-friendly!

 

Here’s to our health!

Relaxation and Rejuvenation Sundays: Free At-Home Back Pain Treatments!

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Back pain is the worst. Whether the pain strikes in your upper back, middle or lower back, somehow it often feels like your whole body aches. For this weeks, Relaxation and Rejuvenation Sundays, I want to discuss ways to give yourself self-massage, through free, economical strategies targeted towards eliminating everyday back pains and strains!

1. Break out the tennis balls:

While you may not think “tennis ball!” when you’re seeking relief from back pain, believe it or not, simply rolling a tennis ball up and down along your back can bring the same relief as a deep-tissue massage; try standing against a wall and bending your legs to roll the tennis ball up and down, or you can do the same by lying on the floor and using your feet to help you roll up and down.

2. Apply a magnet:

Magnet therapy is a still-emerging field of scientific study, but there’s some tangible evidence that magnetic fields, such as a standard “heavy duty” refrigerator magnet, applied with band-aids, can deliver results; please note, patients with pacemakers and insulin pumps should not try this tip..

3. Talk it out:

 If your back pain has occurred during a challenging time in your life, talking to someone—a spouse, a close friend, a mentor, or someone else you trust who cares about you, can help bring back pain relief.

4. Boost endorphin production:

 You can try light aerobic exercise, such as swimming, even laughter, and certain foods such as dark chocolate, walnuts, candied dark cherries, bananas and salmon, can help produce endorphins and ease back pain.

5. Skip the brace:

Finally, physicians and naturopaths all agree—when it comes to easing back pain, back braces can do more harm than good. The reason is simple. The more blood flow there is to the injured area, the faster healing will occur. Blood flow is facilitated by activity. Back braces immobilize the injured area and keep you from engaging in the types of movement that can actually speed healing.

Enjoy the heal!

 

 

Battle Of The-Bulge, Budget-Style: eMeals Review!

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Hello again, savvy savers! Today I am starting another new blog series, Battle Of The Bulge, Budget-Style! I will be focusing on ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle while be able to afford clean, organic, obtainable foods! I believe this series can be worthwhile for many, who like myself, wish to get more in shape, not through crash-dieting but by small attainable lifestyle changes!  All of the changes I propose will be free or affordable, and most meals and plans will contain couponed savings or deals! Fads are fancy, but coupons are a commitment! With that said, here is where I am currently: I have a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. I am looking to lose 60lbs., find affordable non-gym membership options for working out, and change the way I consume food; this includes meals, snacks, and splurges!

Today I am 31 years young, I am 5’6”, and weigh 205 lbs; this week past week I have lost 2 pounds. My lifestyle is beginning to change, as I have ventured into Yoga this week, and now incorporate this ancient-practice once a week into my Battle-Of-The-Bulge lifestyle changes.

For my third post, I wanted to point take a look at e-Meals.com! The folks at eMeals have graciously allowed me to partake in a free one-years subscription of their service, and I will be including these meal options into my current healthy lifestyle strategy, and I also wanted to bring you, my readers, information on their services as well!

Here is an interview-style feature of eMeals.com:

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eMeals, was founded by Jane DeLaney & Jenny Cochran in 2003. Both Jane and Jenny are  typically very busy moms! Jane was frazzled over trying to pull off dinner for the family week after week. Her meal plans were scribbled on napkins and lost in her purse. So she went to work creating a better way to make meals happen. Jane recruited Jenny, a fabulous cook, and her sister to help her with the everyday operations of the company. Working with a talented team of meal planners, they developed eMeals to feed their families and preserve their sanity. Hundreds of thousands of partnerships, friendships, and business relationships later, Jane and Jenny built a way to make moms’ lives easier, by bringing manageability back to America’s dinner table.

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What is eMeals?

eMeals is an email based service, which offers over 50 weekly meal plans based on a user’s preferred food style, family size, and grocery store. Food styles, or prepared eating habits, include classic meals, clean eating, paleo, simple gourmet, low fat, low carb portion control, natural and organic, vegetarian, gluten-free, slow cooker, and our new 500 calorie plans. eMeals also  provide 7 simple to follow recipes with corresponding grocery lists each week. Meal plans are tied to the weekly sales and seasonal specials at selected grocery store chains. The result is our mass following of loyal customers who save time, money, and their sanity while providing delicious and healthy home cooked meals for their families.

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Can you really save money by using eMeals?

The average eMeals customer says they save around $1,000/year on groceries, and that doesn’t even include all the time they save. And we all know time is money! Over 50% eMeals subscribers have a targeted weekly budget for their grocery spending.  As well, keeping this in mind, eMeals structures meal plans around seasonal specials and in the case of specific stores such as ALDI, Kroger, Publix, Ralphs, Safeway, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods!

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Does eMeals have any new promotions?

We just released our new 500 calorie plans, a new Publix Portion Control Meal Plan, as well as a new COSTCO Meal Plan. We are always looking to expand our meal plans to what our community tells us they need! We are happy to offer The Lady Prefers To Save readers 15% off with the coupon code DINNER15.

Are you involved in any charity work?

For five years, eMeals has been one of the largest funding sources for the Haiti Nutrition Project which is a program that curtails and reverses severe malnutrition within infants and children in Haiti. This program distributes Medika Mamba, which is a Haitian term for “peanut butter medicine,” a daily food supplement that provides complete nourishment needed for the growth and health of young Haitian children.

What should new customers know about your company?

We are a company based on the ideals of having dinner together as a family. That is such a valuable gift you can give to your children, your spouse, and anyone else that joins you at your table. We want to make it easier to facilitate dinner together as a family where connections and memories are made.

How can your customers get the most out of eMeals?

Sporadic grocery spending and multiple trips to the store is money down the drain. Having a plan, period, is what saves people the most money and controls spending. Having a consistent plan at your fingertips, ready to be shopped at a moments notice is GOLD. In comes eMeals. Forgetting to bring your list to the store is also money down the drain. Eliminating that problem is gold too. In comes the companion eMeals app. Your list is always on your phone – ready when you are.

Useful tips:

1) Determine how many meals you need for the week. There are seven meals on each week’s menu.

2) The app can skip any of the meals you choose to not cook and it will automatically delete those items from the grocery list.

3) Shop your stockpile first and delete items you may already have from the grocery list

4) Be sure to purchase the pantry staples that you may not have that are required for the meals you choose to cook.

5) Stick to the list!

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We also have not only dinner plans, but breakfast, lunch and dessert to help you get all your meals planned out with minimal effort. Use this tool to your advantage!

Is there anything else that you would like for The Lady Prefers To Save readers to know about eMeals?

eMeals is always adding more plans to meet the growing eating lifestyles that emerge. Paleo and Clean Eating are examples of that and happen to be two of our most popular plans! We would love to have The Lady Prefers To Save’s readers sign up for eMeals with the discount code DINNER15 for 15% off.

Here’s to the Journey!

In accordance with FTC Guidelines: I hereby disclose that I received complimentary products from the company being reviewed above, in exchange for my honest opinion and review of my experience.  I was not compensated for this review, but received a free membership. All opinions in the post are 100% my own. Individual results or experiences may vary. Please consult your physician, dietitian, or diabetes specialist before starting any diet. You can obtain more details information about the company, its products, and policies by visiting their respective websites, which will be linked above.

Free Relaxation Music From Around The World And Nature!

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Calling all of my readers in need of some relaxation?

Be sure to check out Live365’s site, as they offer thousands of hours of free relaxation, meditation, yoga, studying, and healing music from around the world and nature!

This is one of my favorite sites to check our while studying, sleepless nights, and when needing to unwind! Y0u can check them out, here!

Enjoy!

International Day of Happiness 2014!

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Greetings, savvy savers! Did you know that today is International Day of Happiness? As savvy savers, what could be better than a day focused on all of the positive aspects of life, that cost us all nothing more than happiness, compassion, and empathy? Today I encourage you all to do something that makes YOU happy! Perhaps you would take a walk, work an hour on a craft or project, savor a warm cup of coffee, sing in the shower, or write a list of all the thinks that have brought happiness to your life this week. Regardless of what you do, try to find one HALF-FULL moment today, and share it with the most important person in your life, yourself!

To celebrate, in a blog-related way, be sure to head over here and join the Acts of Happiness Campaign. Just pledge to do a simple act of happiness today (like offering up a hug or kind word, helping a neighbor, holding a door) and for every pledge made, $1 will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America up to $25,000! And after you make a pledge, you’ll have the option to enter to win a 7 day Caribbean cruise for four!

Back to personal happiness…

Today I will be finding happiness by:

Walking my dogs, sitting on my patio tonight with a roaring fire in my fire pit, cooking a meal for my husband, listening to a Louis Armstrong cd, and reading a food book!

Now it’s your turn. Go and find some happiness today!

Here’s to you, and your happiness!

Battle-Of-The-Bulge: Save $240.00 Annually With Meatless Monday’s!

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Hello again, savvy savers! Today I am starting another new blog series, Battle Of The Bulge, Budget-Style! I will be focusing on ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle while be able to afford clean, organic, obtainable foods! I believe this series can be worthwhile for many, who like myself, wish to get more in shape, not through crash-dieting but by small attainable lifestyle changes!  All of the changes I propose will be free or affordable, and most meals and plans will contain couponed savings or deals! Fads are fancy, but coupons are a commitment! With that said, here is where I am currently: I have a family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. I am looking to lose 60lbs., find affordable non-gym membership options for working out, and change the way I consume food; this includes meals, snacks, and splurges!

Today I am 31 years young, I am 5’6”, and weigh 207 lbs; this week past week I have lost 3 pounds. My lifestyle is beginning to change, as I have ventured into Yoga this week, and now incorporate this ancient-practice once a week into my Battle-Of-The-Bulge lifestyle changes.

For my second post, I wanted to point take a look at a popular series I have seen around the internet, which I am trying in my own home now; aside from today which will be a splurge day, as its Saint Patrick’s Day and I will be having a small-proportioned plate of cabbage and corned beef! I have put a lot of thought into this idea over the weekend, and have complied a list of advantages to their practice.

Here are my thoughts:

1) Limiting Your Cancer Risk. There are numerous medical journals and studies that suggest eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk; noting that both red and processed meat consumption are associated with colon cancer.

2) Potentially Reducing Heart Disease. A 2012 study from Harvard University study found that replacing saturated fats with foods rich in polyunsaturated fat, the lipids found in nuts and vegetable oils, reduces the risk of heart disease by twenty percent.

3) Help Stave Off Diabetes. Research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meat increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

4) Help curb Obesity. Cutting meats out of your diet, even for one day a week, can help lower body weights and body mass indices, according to a recent study from Imperial College London.

5) You May Live Longer. Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.

6) You Can Improve Your Diet. Consuming beans, lentils, or peas one day a week can results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium. with lower intakes of saturated

7) You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide; which is 3-times the amount omitted by cars.

8) Water Conservation. Going meatless for one day a week, can help conserve vastly needed fresh water supplies, as an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef production; feeding the cow and the like. Soy, in comparison, uses only 220 gallons of water per pound consumed.

9) You Can Help Lessen Fossil Fuel Dependence. Consider this, according to the FDA, 40 calories of fossil fuel energy are expended, for every one calorie of beef consumed in this country. Eating one day a week without beef, for example, is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.

10) Cutting Your Food Budget. Cutting meat out of your weekly menu by one day, will save you nearly $20.00 a month, and $240.00 annually!

11) Causing You To Think Outside The Box. Going meatless one meal a week will cause you to look for new ways to prepare dishes. Think globally. Try more ethnic dishes. Going meatless can help expand your culinary palette!

Here’s to the Journey!

Beauty On A Budget: Homemade Biore Pore Cleaning Strips!

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Good morning again, my budgeting beauties! This morning, I am continuing my Beauty On A Budget Series, with a personal favorite in my own beauty arsenal, homemade Biore Pore Cleaning Strips! Making your own strips will cost for an initial $3.80 on average, which will be enough for 20 treatments; each strip will only cost $0.19, compared to $1.25 a strip for Biore!

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Here’s my method:

1) To make strips, simply mix 1 tablespoon of Knox unflavored gelatin with 1 1/2 tablespoons milk; non-dairy almond, rice, or powdered milk substitutes work well also.

2) Heat your mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds, and apply to face with a paint brush or popsicle stick, on the nose, starting at the bridge and sweeping down each side.

3) Let your pore cleansing mixture dry on the skin for 30 minutes, until stiff and non-tacky to the touch.

4) Peel the gelatin strips off of your nose, starting at the two inside corners, one at a time, working towards the bridge of the nose. it off.

5) Wash your face with filtered water that has been steeped in green tea; this can be done at room temperature and done ahead of time.

6) If you elected to use a paint brush, wash out your brush, dry on paper towels, and store for use only for your face; if you opted for a popsicle stick, rinse it off and recycle the stick! Keep in mind both items can be purchased at the Dollar Tree, or using craft store coupons!

7) Enjoy!

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