Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pudget's Party Post And A GiveAway

Welcome to all of my Ultimate Blog Party Visitors. If you are new to my site my name is Jessica. I am a Stay At Home Mom of two beautiful little girls. On January 1st of 2009 I began my journey of losing weight on a budget. I started a blog to keep myself accountable and to share my ideas with anyone who is interested in losing weight or just eating healthy on a budget .

Since then I have learned so much about myself and how strong I am mentally and physically. I am learning more every day on how to better budget my money. I am also learning little tricks along the way on how to eat healthy on a budget. It’s not always easy but it is possible and well worth all of the effort.

I plan my menu every week and stick to it, I clip coupons, I do without some of the convenience foods that I used to enjoy and I definitely go out to eat less. I have also tried a ton of new recipes that are healthy and low in cost. Right now I am on a bean kick. I have found several great bean recipes that cost very little but are low in fat and very high in fiber. I am loving the fact that I can feed my family a hearty filling meal for just a few dollars.

So contrary to popular belief it is possible to eat healthy and not break the bank. It may be a little trickier and time consuming but with a little time, effort and planning it is all possible. I am living proof of that . I have lost 19.6 pounds in my first 11 weeks and I have no plans of stopping until I meet my goal. I love the fact that not only am I losing weight but I am becoming healthy and so is the rest of my family. It is such a great feeling to be able to teach my children about eating healthy and budgeting money all at the same time.

This is me on the first day of my journey weighing in at 216.6 pounds (Jan. 1, 2009).




This is me a couple days ago weighing in at 197 pounds!




Please take a few minutes to look around, sign up to become a follower of my site and make sure you sign up to win the great prizes I am offering at the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2009. I am giving away a gift pack that includes Jillian Micheals 30 Day Shred DVD and The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love. Both prizes would be great for any stage of weight loss.

So Let’s Party!!!

My top pick list in the following order:

# 58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
Provided by: Moms Who Think
Prize details: From Amish Friendship Bread to Decadent Cheesecake and all the meals in between dessert, Moms Who Think has recipes you’ll love. We would like to donate a Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer to help make one lucky winner’s home cooking even easier. (winner’s choice of color, $349.99 retail value)


#71 – flip flops for Mom & Daughter from Top It Off
Provided by: Top It Off
Prize details:Unique accessories for moms and kids! Our newest style of flip flops are a huge hit, and we would love one lucky winner to have a pair for her and her daughter.

# 106 — Melissa & Doug Role Play Dress Up Costume (prize value $50)
Provided by: Good for the Kids
Prize details: Providing the best of what is good for your kids, Good for the Kids is giving away the winner’s selection of a Melissa & Doug Role Play Dress Up Costume.

next picks: 117, 5, 56, 28, 15, 9, 8, 7, 6, 1, 27, 79 , 85, 102, 103


112 comments:

April said...

love the name of your blog, very cute.
and congradulations on being under 200lbs.
I'm just going blog to blog to see how others do it, thanks for sharing
have a great weekend

HerMedia said...

Way to go ! You are inspiring me to get moving ;)
Happy Blog party-ing !
Karrine
AKA Her Media
AKA The almost always organized mom

blp3 said...

You should be proud. You are doing great. I need to do that. I have signed up to follow your blog. Here's to your continued success.

blp3 said...

You should be proud. You are doing great. I need to do that. I have signed up to follow your blog. Here's to your continued success.

Clair said...

Hey there! What a great idea for a blog - go you!!! If you ever need budget busting ideas swng by my blog - Mummy Deals
See ya
CLair

The American Homemaker said...

I'd love to swap links with you :)

http://angiestracker.blogspot.com/

HappyHermit said...

Happy Party Day !!

Sharon said...

YOU GO GIRL!! Awesome stuff you're doing here! Keep up the good work!

When you get the chance stop by and say hi. I'm writing about living an abundant life (on a budget).

Enjoy the Party!

Sharon

Becca said...

You inspire me. After 3 weeks of doing at least 30 minutes of aerobics a day (sometimes 60min) I got sick (physically ill) and I had lost maybe 5 lbs and that included 2 days attached to a toilet and probably dehydrated. So I was frustrated. But look at you, its march and you are under 200!

Kiy said...

Good for you! I am so impressed, and I really (really really) need to do what you are doing. You didn't ask (or did I miss it?) but I am going to put you on my followers list. I can't wait to watch your journey and maybe with a little luck you will inspire me to get off my duff and lose the weight I've needed to forever!

Cheers, Kiy

Laura Lee said...

Great work!! Your journey thus far is inspiring. I think I'll follow along to cheer you on and snag some of those bean recipes. :D

StacieinAtlanta said...

I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to say hello and to check out your blog. I am looking forward to a fun week!! Check out my LeapFrog Tag Reader giveaway over at my place. :)

Stacie
The Divine Miss Mommy
http://www.thedivinemissmommy.com
http://www.twitter.com/stacieinatlanta

Susie said...

Happy UBP!!! I am a professional blog hopper:-) Nice to meet you!

Jessica said...

Good job! I need to get in on this! >_<

BizAdventure said...

Gosh, I sure know how difficult it can be to lose weight, but I lost 110 pounds recently! Bookmarking your site to come back and peruse at leisure when I am not so into the PARTY THING. HA!

auntrene said...

Wow way to go, I am going to follow your blog, I am also attempting to lose weight on a budget. My biggest problem is that sometimes I just feel like I am eating the same thing everyday. I have lost 15 lbs. which is just a small portion of what I need to lose. I am going to keep at it. I am Aunt Rene from auntrent.blogspot.com, Stop by sometime.
Thanks for inviting us to stop in and visit during the Blog Party.
Have Fun!

Baba said...

Oh my gratz on all the weight loss! You Go Girl! Party On!

jodifur said...

I'm party hopping!

jodifur said...

I'm party hopping!

Louise said...

Way to go on your progress!! You are inspiring me, I am on the same journey to loose the weight on a budget!
I'll be back.
Nice meeting you.

Ashley said...

I'm partying UBP'09! Enjoyed looking around your site! Congrats on the weight loss and good luck with your journey! :)

Brea's Mommy said...

Great job look forward to following you!

Holly said...

Congrats on the weight loss! You're doing fantastic.

valerie2350 said...

Congrats!!!! :)

Manic Mother said...

Good for you! I went from 220 to 140, in a little over a year, its so hard but so worth it, I have some weight loss tips on my blog, if your interested.

The World's Dresser said...

Dude - YOU ROCK! Congrats on the weight loss. I know what you're going though and you can do it! You'll have hard days and easier ones, just keep trucking though. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

You are looking Great! I will be back for motivation! Good Job! Cheryl

beachbumk2001(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tina @ Mummified Times Five said...

Happy UBP 09!! :)

~Sara said...

You should be so proud. You are doing great! I really like your blog. Happy UBP 09! Have a great weekend.

kim d said...

Great work! You look AWESOME!!! Nice to meet you! :)
Kim
www.shopwithmemama.com

AmyG said...

Hi! I'm coming from the UBP & can I just say WOW! Congrats on the weightloss. And I'm definitely going to hang around. I need to lose tons & tons of weight, but have very little money, so I'm hoping to get lots of ideas from your blog. Keep up the great work! ;o)

Robynn's Ravings said...

Love what you're doing and decided to follow cause I need to do the same thing! You will be an inspiration to many.

I'm a mom, homeschooler, Christian, and a humor blogger. Come on over! Found you through UBP09. :)

Yummy Boy Mummy said...

Congrats on your weight loss! I found you via the UBP. I started WW's on 1/5 & have lost 17.6 lbs myself. It's exciting to see the weight coming off! Kudos to you for your hard work!

Corrie at "Cents"able Momma said...

Great blog...and way to go on the weight loss so far!

Rhonda said...

Hey...I had to stop by because I too am losing weight...or trying and I love all things frugal! Wow...I'm impressed with your weight loss and attitude! Congrats! You are under 200! I can't wait! ;D I'm going to start following!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Woo Hoo! Way to go! You look great! Keep up the good work!

Katherine said...

You look fabulous! I am trying to lose weight too... lost 19 lbs so far... so hard, but so rewarding.

Natalie said...

I'm a mommy of 2 girls trying to lose weight too! Nice to meet you!

Allie said...

Great Job I have been loosing weight over the past 8months and LOVE Jillian!

Hope you have a great party, you look great!

Julie D said...

Great work. I've really been struggling with my weight, and one excuse I've given is the cost of healthy foods. I'm going to find my way back here to read your tips.

sandier pastures said...

Your before and after photos are inspiring! Keep up the good work! Please visit my party in Dubai.

Shawn Ann said...

Thanks for having a great giveaway! You look great already!

Frugal Plus - Shawn Ann said...

Welcome to the party! Thanks for the donated giveaway, hope I get it!

jotter said...

Your an INSPIRATION, thanks!
I enjoyed visiting your site today. Your Giveaway looks great - I'd love to win!

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I'm excited to announce the very First
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The Giveaway is in honor of the
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Come on over for a visit ... LUV Needed! =)

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Erin said...

Hi. It's nice to meet you! I just had to mention a great, inexpensive bean recipe that I love! It is Cuban Black Bean Patties from Cooking Light. We eat it around here just about every week! Here is the link to the recipe:

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1591072

Super Fun Mama said...

Very, very, very excited about this blog. I too am on the quest to lose weight but I'm going broke doing it!

Super Fun Mama said...

Also is there a way to subscribe by email for all posts and not just follow up comments?

2KoP said...

Congratulations on you progress. This is inspiring me. I hope I win your giveaway to help me on my way. Keep up the good work, and if you get a moment, stop by my blog at http://2kop.blogspot.com

Kati said...

Hi! Visiting from the UBP! Wow!

Congrats on the weight loss!! It is quite an accomplishment! best of luck in the near future!

Natalie said...

Your prize is one of the prizes on my list that I want to win (right after the stand mixer that you are counting on...)! I finally got my party post up and going.

Shannon said...

Hi Jessica! I'm part of the party, too! It's so great to find your blog, because I, too, just started dieting! I'm doing Weight Watchers, and have lost 3.5 lbs so far, so I'm pretty happy. I know how it is to have to shop on a budget. I think we have this mindset that diet foods are expensive, but when you get right down to it, actual healthy foods are less expensive than boxed or "diet" foods! I look forward to getting to know you and following your progress!

Tia @ Tia Saving Cents said...

Rock on! You look awesome and I really need to get back on the bandwagon myself. Love your healthy blog party!

Megan said...

Congrats on the weight loss! I would love to lose 20 lbs., but I have yet to get motivated. Maybe it will happen soon. I love the name of your blog. Too funny! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Megan

Organizing Mommy said...

Hey! Your DVD/ book was one of my first picks. I am a fitness teacher, and I love helping others meet their goals. I haven't written a ton about it on my blog, but I like to write on organizing--which, as you know, you have to be in order to eat right! Blessings.

Janine (@twincident) said...

Congrats on finding ways to lose weight without a personal trainer, celebrity chef, and all that other stuff. It's inspiring because you are real and you did it! Happy UPB09!

Relishing Life said...

I really like the name of your blog!! Too cute! I will definitely be stopping back by to see how you are doing and get tips from you! (Just today, I started getting back on track and trying to make healthy changes in my diet to get back down to where I should be.) See you soon!

P.S. You are looking great! Keep up the great job!

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

lori said...

Congratulations!!! Keep on going!!! I have subscribed because I too, thought you couldn't eat healthy on a budget. Thanks for helping the clueless!!!

Jenny Beth @ JenuineJen said...

You are looking good. Congrats on our weight loss so far. I just began a weight loss challenge last week with some friends. I will be sure to check your blog out frequently for inspiration and companionship.

Megan said...

Way to go on your weight loss. I'm going to follow you and look to you for inspiration as I struggle to get down to my prepregnancy weight.

janetfaye said...

Congrats on your weight loss!

Angie said...

I just signed up to follow your blog. I've been struggle with my weight, and started a blog about it too, but having trouble:(
Anyway, this is my first blog party and I'm having a blast meeting new people and reading their blogs. It was very nice to have met you.

Fruitfulvine2 said...

Visiting from the UBP. Nice to meet you.

cari_and_kevin_king said...

I'm just blog-hopping. Nice to meet you.

charlies_secret_angel2006 at yahoo dot com

coliebear said...

I am also trying to lose weight and I find planning the meals is the best way to avoid the fast food run. Thanks!!

Colleen said...

Hi Jessica. I LOVE your blog. The title just really caught me. Very clever. I just want to say you are doing an amazing job. I'm interested to see what you're doing... and how your losing the weight. It's a hard job as a stay-at-home mom... so much snacking.

Stop in on my party if you've got a minute!

StephF said...

Found your blog via UBP. Congratulations on your weight loss thus far... I will be joining you in a couple months after the delivery of #4!! Until then, I am ever-expanding thanks to bedrest & lots of helpful friends that bring me lots of "comfort food". ha! :-)

Stephanie said...

Awesome Job on the weight loss!!!

LaVonne said...

Just visting from the UBP! Congrats on the weight loss. I too am starting a weight loss regimen in April. I have about 15 lbs still to lose after my baby. Thanks for your honesty and blog. Visit my blog anytime.

Sheryl1024 said...

I am happy to discover your blog via the Ultimate Blog Party! I need to lose some weight as well and look forward to going back to the start of your journey and reading all the way through it. Best of luck to you!

Alexandra said...

Congrats on your success!!! :)

CC said...

You go girl! I hope I win! I haven't struggled too much with weight over the years, but as I have gotten older, a few pounds have caught up with me. I just lost 5 lbs (my goal) and gosh it was HARD! I am in awe of your dedication to keep going and looking great and getting healthy!!

Jen said...

Congrats on losing weight! I've been wanting/needing to do the same thing, but its such a challenge. Your blog is such a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration. Best of luck on your quest!

kimbrimom said...

Congrats on the weight loss! I need some motivation.

Tiff said...

Hello there! I'm so proud of you!!! Losing twenty pounds! I have subscribed to your feed in hopes that your enthusiasm will rub off on me. I have tons to lose!

Mama Snow said...

YOu go girl! That is so awesome. You look marvelous! Thanks for donating this book to the UBP. I would love to have a copy myself.

Jessalyn said...

Congrats on your weight loss! I'm glad to read some of your tips.

Upstatemomof3 said...

Good for you for losing weight. I lost almost 70 pounds in 2007. It is a journey. Since then I have regained about 12 pounds and I do not seem to have the drive to lose it. :(

Buffie said...

Welcome to the party. You're doing great with your weight loss. That's something that I'm working on this year too.

Cassie said...

Awesome weight loss!! Great job...I am in the process of losing some weight also..Have lost 14...and would like to lose about 35 more....Love the blog..will be back!

Carole said...

Congrats on your weight loss! Great job. If you figure a bag of potato chips is like $4, and thingk about how many vegetables you can get for $4, you'll realize that eating healthy doesn't cost more. Heck, what does pop cost these days?

Stop by my party and pick up some great delicious recipes that you'll love. One of my prize contributions is The Skinny Living Handbook. They put it under international. Look for it!

See you around the party!

free indeed said...

Nice to meet you via this party! I too need to lose, but have yet to put my butt in gear! You are looking great however; kuddos to you!

Lisa ~ TheScrapPrincess said...

Hi Jessica!
You look amazing, wow! That is so awesome! What an inspiration you are :)
I hope you are enjoying the UBP - stop by and say hi if you can:
http://thescrapprincess.com
~Lisa

Marya said...

Very inspiring! I'm going to follow you. I weigh about the same and it's motivating to watch you!

Coach Laura said...

Congrats on your weight loss. That is great! Take a look at my tips at http://www.exercise2dayinfo.blogspot.com

Mrs. Nichole J. said...

Love your blog!
Came in off UBP09!

Keep it up!
http://blog.handmadebycole.com/
Nichole

A happy heart at home said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! That's great! I really need to lose a lot of weight. I hope someday I really will. Nice to meet you through the blog party.

~Susan

She Became A Butterfly said...

hi jessica. nice to meet you via ubp! i need motivation to lose weight. you are an inspiration. your prize is on mylist to win!!

hugs, she
www.shebecameabutterfly.net

Miss V said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! I'd really like to hear how you're doing it. Since I had my son last May, I've really been struggling to get back on my old exercise routine and eating like I used to, not perfect but not to shabby!

I've added you to my blog roll! Feel free to visit my blog and add me to your blog roll if you feel so inclined!

Have a fun party!

Veronnica
www.theadventuresofmiss.blogspot.com

Nikki said...

Nice to meet you! I am also trying to lose weight (I have about 40 lbs to lose..ugh) so I'll definitely be checking out more of your blog. :)

Huguette E. said...

Great job! I'm subscribing to your blog for inspiration!

tnikki said...

Great job on losing weight! I have had a hard time since I had my kids. I really need to work on it! I will be sure to check back and see your progress and ideas! It's inspiring, thanks!

steedj said...

Visiting from UBP! Cute site & LOVE the premise. I'm adding you to my reader. Thanks!

Cascia said...

You have a great blog!

Just stopping from the UBP and thought I'd say hello! I hope you visit my party post!

http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2009/03/ultimate-blog-party-2009.html

Karen said...

I am defintely following you. I am a new blogger and the last two years since an illness, I have gained 50 pounds. I know I am going to find inspiration from you. And kudos to you for showing pictures and being honest. I am going to be a new follower. Thank you. Enjoy the party

photoquest said...

This is my first visit to your site and i am going to subscribe after commenting. You are inspiring me to keep excersizing!!! I love to see people really loosing weight it makes me motivated!! I would love to be entered in this drawing, I need to win this !! You look awesome and Congradulations!!!
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

photoquest said...

I signed up to subscribe to your feed
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

julie said...

Congratulations on your success. Blessings for the rest of your journey. I'd love to have you visit my site if you have time!

thestitchinchicken.com said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! You have some great tips listed there. Good luck to you, and please stop by to see me if you have time!

The Spears Family said...

Ok, so I saw your blog name on Mr. Linky and just had to come check you out. I LOVE your blog name! I'm also intrigued by your mission. Do you post copies of your receipes? I'd be intersted in seeing a few.

Please stop by and visit with me if you get the chance! I'm currently running two giveaways on my blog as well, so sign up!
(Pay It Forward and Frecklebox Personalized Children's Gifts.)

Shirley said...

Congratulations on the weight loss!!!

Tommy@ cooking blog said...

Hey, amazing blog. I am happy to be part of your party.

Pop Wahm Buzz said...

I love that the UBP has led me to such great blogs. I've just subscribed and I am looking forward to more great tips and reading. Congrats on your quest!

TwinHappyJen said...

Congratulations on the weight loss! I'm working on that myself :-p I'll definitely have to check out your blog more later... (I'm just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)

Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I'm giving away a free print copy of my book, "Two Snowflakes." Here's my address: http://twinhappyjen.blogspot.com/

It was nice to meet you!

Brazen Hussey's said...

As so many others have said: Love the name of your blog! I of course found you through UBP. But, I wanted to tell you that, although, our blog isn't dedicated to weight loss, I'm right there with you. I started on 1-28. You are a brave lady posting your pics! But, you can so see the difference already. I am hoping to be in the best shape of my life by my 35th b-day 2-2010. So, I will be cheering you on!

Tasha

Jessie said...

I'm so glad I've found your blog through UBP. I started my weight loss journey (again) this January, too. I totally hope I win your prize! You look great, and I can't wait to explore more of your blog.

BecauseImTheMommy said...

Congrats on the weight loss. I loved looking around your blog. I'm so happy to see someone doing this and not breaking the bank. I don't care what people say, eating healthy costs more money and the junk costs less! I'm listing your prize as one of my prizes!

Exploramania said...

Jessica, You are doing great on your journey here! I'd like to ask if you would be willing to be a guest blogger on my blog with some of the healthy meals you have been putting together? Let me know, that's one of the things I'd like to incorporate in my blog. I just found out this morning that someone from the Florida Governor's Council for Physical Fitness has agreed to be a guest blogger - I'm so excited and I really would like you too if you are interested. Nice to meet you from the party!
-Carrie

free wedding backgrounds said...

I love the look of your page! Thanks for putting the info out here for all of us! Have a great time with the party.

commoncentsmom.com said...

Hi, another mom who is trying to lose while working hard at saving cents, nice to meet you!

Heather & Chaos said...

Stopping by from the UBP! Hope you enjoyed this week as much as I did!!! =) I also am trying to lose weight! Will definitely keep checking up on you!

http://anewheather.blogspot.com

Betty C said...

I'm late to the party as usual, but better late than never. I enjoy your blog and I'll be back when I have more time. Good luck on your weight loss. I'll be checking in for tips because I need to lose about 40 pounds.

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