Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Getting Fit On A Budget

Over this last year we examined several issues concerning the way we lived, the way we ate, and the way we spent our money, and in doing so we have discovered changes that needed to be made in each area.  We tackled the issues one at a time and when felt like we had it in check with our new goals we would move on to the next item on the list.

Well I'm glad to say we have gotten to the point where we can address our fitness levels. Over the last few years life has really taken a toll on us.  Our stress level has been maxed out and we have used most of our energy just surviving day to day.  Not anymore!  We are taking back our health in the same manner we took back our life, our food, and our money.

In order to do this I need to lose weight and increase my strength, where Racey just needs to maintain his weight and increase his activity level.  How do we plan to do this while still living a frugal life you ask?

This is how:
  • I will follow a low calorie meal plan eating REAL food.  No diet bars or shakes, no 100 calorie packs, no frozen diet meals, just real whole food.
There are plenty of free online fitness sites that help you track your food, water, exercise, etc. They are easy to join and very user friendly. I'm using My Fitness Pal if you want to join and be one of my buddies!
  • I will cut back my carbonated drinks to 1 a day and drink more water.
  • I will exercise three to five times a week.
If you have a gym membership that's great, but that doesn't fit into our frugal budget.  Plus, with only one car, I need to find things I can do here at home.  We have very nice mountain bikes we bought several years ago (when we were less broken than we are now) so Racey and I are going to start riding again.  For many years I've wanted to learn to do Yoga, but when I had the time I didn't have the money and vise versa.  Sticking with my frugal goals I found a great online yoga class that is totally free!  At this point they have over 100 lessons available by the same teacher so I should be good for awhile.  Last, but not least, I have two perfectly working feet I can walk with.  I certainly always keep frugality in mind, but I did buy a stability ball to work with as well for under $10.00.
  • I will set trackable goals and make myself accountable for what I do, and take credit for things I don't do!
I have dedicated myself to a online weight-loss challenge.  I have a partner who I support through the challenge and she in return supports me.   In addition, other challenge buddies stop by your blog and comment and share things with you about how their trials and tribulations are going, which is pretty good support if you ask me. Did I mention that's free too?

As for Racey, he is so happy to have me outside and in a good mood that any activity I come up with he is game for!

This weekend we hiked Kennesaw Mtn. (just over a mile +800 ft. elevation) on Saturday which burned 1213 calories.   Then, on Sunday, we rode our mountain bikes at Blankets Creek in Cherokee County with a calorie burn total of 1025.  All of these are frugal, free activities that don't require a paid membership to something or somewhere.  Besides, would you rather walk on a treadmill while watching TV or see the scenery in these pictures?

This weekend the weather is going to be nice again so I think we will go Geocaching (click the link to find out what Geocaching is all about) up north a little and either hike Kennesaw Mtn. again or find another trail at the bike park.  Needless to say we will be outside enjoying life!

Hope to see you around!


  1. Hey lady! Your goals and ideas look awesome! If you're looking for some exercise you can do at home, check out bodyrock.tv. They have a lot of great ideas and they give modifications for beginners. Plus recipes and good fitness tracking ideas.

  2. Thanks for the tip, I will definitely check it out.

  3. Mike and I love to geocache and it is wonderful exercise. I am lucky to have a gym membership since it's not always easy to do anything in Minnesota in the winter. However my insurance pays for 1/2 the membership and the other $20.00 I have a side cleaning job so can keep the membership going. We too are watching our pennies and now with Mike getting ready for college things will be even tighter.
    I love your ideas and goals. Keep them up and you'll get to where you want to be sooner then you think.
    Take care and thank you for stopping by and your words of advice and support.

  4. Would you be able to share the free yoga online info with us? Thank you x

  5. Hi Nicole, I found Dr. Melissa West's Namaste Yoga on Youtube but then found it in a better quality on Blip TV. Here is the direct link for her first lesson. http://blip.tv/namasteyoga/namasteyoga-1-your-relationship-to-your-body-with-dr-melissa-west-2670955

    Hope that helps!



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