Monday, December 5, 2011

Mamavation Monday--Let's Get This Challenge Started!

So the damage from Thanksgiving wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. I gained less than a pound, 0.8. I'm TOTALLY counting this as a victory after my
F-O-U-R desserts, multiple bread rolls, and multiple helpings.

This past week I've been on  oral steroids, so I'm really expecting a gain come Thursday (official weigh in day), but I've been extremely dilligent about what I've been eating, and I've been working out, even though I'm not really supposed to because of my ear. Oops. I've been careful though!

The next step of "Ear Drama 2011" is a trip to the ENT, to see about gettting my tonsils out. Joy! So that will be interesting.

As for today, I'm starting the #Mamavation #2WeekChallenge! Woot, Woot!

My starting weight is: 171.2
My waist measures: 37in
My hips measure: 42 in
My thighs measure: 24.5 in each

But now it's time for The Mamavation Question of the Week, Sponsored by Reflect It Apparel!

When it comes to holiday shopping, how do you make sure you stick to your budget ?

When it comes to sticking to my holiday budget, the first thing I do is have a list of who to buy for and what I intend on getting them, or what they want, and how much the items total. My goal is to complete my list while spending AT LEAST a $100 dollars LESS than what my original total was. My gifts never total more than $500, I REFUSE to spend more than that on gifts.

Then I start shopping early, pricing the items, and using the internet to find coupons and the best deals. I also haunt black friday ads online for weeks beforehand to make sure I'm getting the best deal. I also sign up for e-mails from the companies, and get notices in my inbox when the items I'm looking for go on sale, or a new coupon code is released. Typically, if it's not at least 50% off, or I don't have a coupon or coupon code, I won't buy it. I'll wait, go somewhere else, or if all else fails opt for a similar product, at a lower price.

That's my secret! What's yours?

This post is sponsored by Reflect It Apparel and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women


  1. Good luck o you on the 2 week challenge, day one kicked my booty but I made it! This is the first year we started early and that helped tremendously. We had presents ready for the tree before it was up for the first time in history.

  2. Woohoo!! Good luck with the challenge! I wish I could do it this time around, but my schedule won't allow it, with all of the commitments that I already have. And I totally agree, sticking to the gift budget is crucial. I am a bargain shopper and LOVE finding great deals!

  3. Ouch! I sure hope you're feeling better soon! I'm impressed that through all of that you've kept working out. That's fantastic! Just be careful. Nobody wants you more owwied!

  4. That sounds like a great way to shop!

    BE CAREFUL! You're doing such an awesome job, and I would hate to see you overdoing yourself and going backwards by working too hard when you're not feeling your best!

    I hope you are having an awesome week!

  5. I'll be like everyone else and say BE CAREFUL!!! There, I said it. Now I can move on. lol

    Good luck with the challenge. So far, so good right??? We can all do this!