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Healthy and Frugal Living

March 14th, 2006 at 12:32 pm

I thought I'd share some of my current strategies for exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.

My personal health goal this year is to lose 25 pounds, so that I will be at a weight I feel comfortable with. Because I have children to take care of, I find that not only are gym memberships expensive, they are also impractical. So, for exercise I:

1. Ride my exercise bike. It's four years old and cost me less than $100. I could have gotten it cheaper at a garage sale too.
2. I use the Walk Away the Pounds workout dvd that a friend gave me. I love it!
3. This just arrived today: Dance Dance Revolution for xbox! Okay. I probably paid too much for it, but the kids and I will have so much fun and it won't seem like exercising.
4. I walk an hour a day total (to and from work).
When you consider the price of a gym membership, I think that these are fairly frugal options.

Also, for eating and activity tracking, check out fitday.com. It's free and I really like it. I do think it overestimates my metabolism though.

Does anyone else have any frugal exercise/weight loss tips? I guess just eating less=savings. Smile

5 Responses to “Healthy and Frugal Living”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I have a funny appetite, I hate all fruit and vegetables, so salads are out for me. i went on the low carb diet, eating mostly meat and cheese and I lost 18 pounds. I have kept it off for over a year and find I am not that hungry most of the time.

  2. Single Mom Extraordinaire Says:

    I'm a carb addict and really need to increase my protein intake. That's one of the reasons I love fitday.com: it tells you what percentage of your daily (or weekly or monthly) food intake comes from which category.

    That's so awesome Ima, that you've managed to keep it off for over a year!

    I joined Weight Watchers for a while and usually try to follow their Core plan (ie less processed, less sugary and less expensive food). WW gets expensive after a while, but it is fairly easy to do on your own with some discipline. Smile

  3. DivaJen Says:

    For me, eating healthy includes trying to have at least one serving of fruit or vegetable at every meal, as well as some protein. I used to have a real tough time with carbs like bagels, cereal, etc., and making sure I have protein throughout the day helps. Moderation in all things is key. Smile

  4. baselle Says:

    Its all about eating fewer calories than you are burning off. A couple of things that are working for me -
    Eat breakfast, and if you love carbs, eat them early in the day. You'll find that your appetite shifts to the day and you won't be starving at night.
    Four small meals to keep your body from going into starvation mode.
    Fat and protein throughout the day and at the end.
    Keep a food diary - even if you don't control what you eat, knowing that you have to estimate what you're eating will eliminate the "mindless" eating. And that can only help.
    Default drink is water.
    Then - keep active. Stairs instead of elevator; park away from the entrance. And always try to move more and faster. Push yourself.

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