Couponing Made Me Fat
In 2008 I started couponing. I had also just had baby number two. I started bringing foods in my house that I had not bought before like Oreos, sugar cereal, fruit snacks, chips, refrigerator biscuits, coffee creamer and Chips Ahoy cookies. I bought these foods because they were a really good deal. Fruit snacks for $0.17 was really hard for me to pass up. Cookies for under $1. I can not make cookies for that price and they were nice to have on hand for a party or last minute treat. It is not like I bought hoards of them and ate them every day. We still ate the produce that was on sale, but we let ourselves try out and consume processed products that we never even considered buying before.
Now I want to get really real with you for a minute. Are you ready for that? Saying that couponing made me fat is a BOLD FACED LIE. Couponing did not make me fat. My choices made me fat. MINE. It is not something I can blame on anyone else or anything else. It was not my baby, it was not couponing, it was not stress, it was not depression. It WAS me not choosing exercise, activity, reading labels, healthy foods, and good sleep.
Are you blaming the way you feel about your body on someone or something else? IF you are STOP IT! No excuses people. It is time to own it! It is time to take responsibility for your own health.
I HAVE ANOTHER CONFESSION. I was NEVER fat. My arms were bigger than I thought they should be and I did not want them showing in photos. My thighs were big enough that the yoga pant really did not flatter me. My stomach rolled over my jeans when I sat in my car. I had the mom pooch going on.
I LIED TO MYSELF. I told myself that the pooch would never go away. I have known lots of women who are not overweight but still have the baby pooch forever. It is just something that does not go away unless you have surgery, which I will never do. I told myself that my arms could not be tone, they were just going to be a little big.
I did not love some of these features on my body, but over all I felt fine about how I looked. I just decided to wear baggier clothes and embrace the mom body that I now had. I really was okay with it. But what I did not realize is that I was really lying to myself and that I could improve those aspects of my body and be excited about it. Not just for looking better, but mostly for FEELING better! Headaches, backaches, neck aches and fatigue that I once knew are almost a thing of the past.
I have never been on a diet. Until January 2015 I never counted calories, but in January 2015 I started making choices that helped me lose 25 pounds and changed my health and strength. If you are ready to stop blaming and start making some life changes read this article to find out how I lost 25 lbs on my journey to health!
Here is a video I made the other day that give some tips for saving on healthy food!
For now find out how you can save money and eat healthy!