Have you made any new years resolutions/goals yet?
I’m not huge on making new years resolutions, but this year I do have several goals, and I want to share a few of them with you over the next few weeks because they all have to do with frugality!
My first goal for the new year that I want to share with you is a very personal one, but something that so many of us struggle with. Weight.
Well, actually I’m convinced that the struggle is not weight in and of itself, it’s a fight against sugar and carbs, which most of us (including me) are pretty addicted to.
Sure, I use whole wheat flour and sucanat, but an addiction is an addiction even if it’s a “healthified” addiction. And I have for sure been addicted to carbs and sugar since I got pregnant this last time.
And honestly, I do fairly okay with controlling my addictions when I’m not pregnant or nursing, but when either one of those is in the picture… I’m a goner.
Enter, The South Beach Diet.
If you have been following me on Facebook recently then you’ll know that on January 1st I started up Phase 1 of South Beach.
I have GOT to kick this carb/sugar habit, and really South Beach is what I have found in the past to be most effective.
Plus, I just really would like to lose my baby weight. And… okay, first couple of years of college weight too.
I have about 60 pounds to lose to be at my “oh my goodness it would be a dream to be at this weight” weight. But realistically I’m shooting for 35 – 40 pounds overall.
So what does this have to do with frugality?
Well, a lot actually. For one, being in phase 1 and phase 2 of South Beach means that I have to completely redo my shopping and meal planning. I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on food, so I have to really be creative here to stay on the meal plan and not spend a ton extra. I’ll be sharing some of this journey with you all over the next several weeks here on the site and on the Facebook page!
Another reason is that I want my healthcare costs in my 40s, 50s, and beyond to be MINIMAL. I don’t want to end up with weight to lose in my 40s and 50s after my metabolism has slowed down even more than it already has. Extra weight is attributed to an increase in heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, all of which have major medical costs associated with them. I really want to think about the future, and do all I can NOW to keep any extra medical costs as low as possible.
So I will be sharing my journey with you all mostly on the Surviving The Stores Facebook page, even though I will likely post at least a few of the recipes that I’ve been making here on the site (like homemade Falafels… OH MY they were AMAZING!!)
What are your goals for 2012? Is weight loss one of them? What steps are you taking to achieve those goals?
And be sure to join us on Facebook so we can all encourage each other!
This post is part of the New Year, New You Series
I have teamed up with five other bloggers to share our plans, dreams, and goals for 2012. Hopefully they can encourage and inspire you to accomplish some of the goals that you have set for yourself this year!
Stay tuned for more and be sure to check out the other AWESOME blogs participating to see what’s inspiring them as we begin 2012: