Friday, October 4, 2013

Walgreens Bargains & my personal "Come to Jesus"

I love Walgreens.  In my decently modest sized town, we have four Walgreens.  All of them use these bright orange “Last Chance” clearance tags.  Not sure the rhyme and rhythm of it all, but I’ve noticed that each store has different things on clearance – even if I go to more than one Walgreens on the same day. 

I am a bargain shopper, so am always happy to find good deals there.

A few weeks ago, there were full sized Pantene Shampoo & Conditioners on clearance for $1.50 each.  I grabbed 3 of them – one shampoo & two conditioners since I always use more conditioner than shampoo since my hair is long.  That in itself would have been a great deal, but then as I was walking through the shampoo isle, I found that they had taped coupons to some of the Pantene bottles that were for $3.00 off any purchase of 3 Pantene products.  Yep, I got 3 full sized bottles for $1.50 total.

 Right now, through tomorrow, if you put in “MINIBOOK” as a coupon code, you can have them make a “Brag Book” for only 99 cents.  The brag book is a hard cover – the front cover is a photo of your choice, and I love that, I think it makes the book look awesome.  You get to fill 20 pages total.  There’s an assortment of background choices, you can add text, and also, you can choose if you want to have anywhere from 1-4 (maybe 5?) pictures per page…there’s several different layouts.  I was skeptical, and wondered if the gouge would be when the shipping prices hit, so I was very pleased when I made a book and found that shipping wasn’t too bad.  It’s $2.99 for the first book, and an additional 1.99 for each book.  For example, I ordered 4 brag books at 99 cents each, for a total of $3.96.   The shipping came to $8.96, so my grand total for 4 was $13.86.  Without this deal, it would have cost me $37.86 (Brag books are usually $6.99 each for what I described above).

Walgreens is NOT promoting this post,(how do I get them to anyways?! :P ).  I just think this is a great deal, and will make EXCELLENT Christmas gifts for the grandparents and close relatives.  I put the focus primarily on photos of my son, and pictures of the family members that will receive a book with him.  It’s pretty cute, and I’m excited to get them in the mail.    I did end up making two separate books, so I ordered a total of 7 total yesterday. 

As for my eating/dieting/working out:

At my weigh in last week, I was up 3 pounds.  I think some had to do with the time of the month, but I straight up gained some of that weight by over using my mouth.  I had to stop and have a “come to Jesus” with myself………

I’ve been doing a great job working out.  Both yesterday & today I did the Biggest Loser Cardio Max workout.  My butt cheeks were killing me all day today – it’s a good workout!  There’s a lot of squats and squatty type moves, which challenge me because I am so bottom heavy.

As I mentioned before, I went to the Dr. to temporarily get on some appetite suppressant pills.   I took them for a month.  I reflected that in the beginning of my weight loss “journey”, I committed that I would only do things that I will stick with long term.  A pill doesn’t go hand in hand with that.  Don’t get me wrong, I did go to the Dr. seeking a temporary assistance.  I thought maybe 3 months…...but being honest with myself I found that the idea of not having the pills around made me feel anxious.   I have to be careful too because I have an addictive personality – not that I was physically addicted, but MENTALLY dependant.

 Not that I think taking a little help here and there is BAD per say, but for me, I decided it’s not the best idea.  The pills so rapidly reduced my appetite that I found that I was not eating enough.  I’m thinking I would average around 900 calories on a given day.  That isn’t something that I would even want to keep up with in the future…  I love eating food, and I think eating plenty of healthy calories is important.  I didn’t want to set a mental expectation to myself that I would eat continued tiny amounts when off the pills.  It just won’t happen.

So, I went back to my basics and started to actually track my Weight Watchers points online.  I hadn’t done that for months.  Months.  I don’t know why I strayed for sure…I guess I thought that I had a better handle on my eating and didn’t need to constant monitoring anymore.  I was feeling strong.

 Right now though,  I’m in a phase where I feel lost and somewhat confused, and need someone’s hand to hold…Weight Watchers is that hand for me.  Losing my weight has been such a journey of my mind and right now my mind feels confused and scattered.

I know that I don’t want to give up, even though I’ve had brief moments when I thought I did.  I want to get this extra weight off my body and feel awesome all the time, but I have moments where I would rather gain 2 pounds and eat, and feel awesome for the minutes that I’m eating. 

It’s those mental demons and weaknesses, I’m tellin ya. 

I’m strong, and I’m strong enough to admit when I am weak.  I needed to be okay with that, and now that I have faced it, I feel confident that success is to follow.

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