Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My BeachBody Reviews So Far...

I'm finally getting back on to write about my BeachBody experience so far. I started drinking the Shakeology Shakes a week ago Thursday. So far I have lost three pounds. I'm not saying the shakes made me lose the weight by themselves. I have been eating healthy and making sure to drink lots and lots of water.

I fell in love with the Shakeology shake from the first time I tried them. My favorites so far are blending the shakeology with 1 cup of cold coffee, Stevia, almond extract and ice and the second favorite is the chocolate shakeology, 1 cup of almond breeze, 1 banana, stevia and ice. I've been alternating between the two. They are addictingly good. Which is a good thing since they are costing me about $3.00 a day.

I can't say I have noticed too much of a change from the shakeology except for the fact that I am full until lunch when I drink one. I am hoping to notice some other changes as I continue to dring the Shakeology shakes. To learn more about the changes I am hoping to notice click here and view all of the benefits of Shakeology.

Right now I am having trouble with my neck. It has been very painful for me to function the past two weeks. I have had a constant migraine since last Mon. or Tues. I am very thankful for Maxolt (migraine meds). After the migraine and pain not easing up I finally decided to call the Doctor. I go on Thursday to get checked out. I have a feeling it has something to do with the permanent damage I suffered in my neck about 9 years ago in a car accident. I was hit from behind while driving 40 miles an hour and had severe whiplash and damage to several discs in my neck.

I have been chalking up my neck pain to my Fibromyalgia but lately it has been so bad that I am hoping it isn't Fibromyalgia related and that the Doctors can do something to help me.

If you have ever had a migraine you know how hard it is to focus or function. I am honestly having trouble getting through my days. Working, cooking, cleaning and getting the kids to bed have been very hard for me this past week. My husband has been so helpful with the girls. That is the only reason I am still able to function at all. I keep telling myself only two more days until I see the Doctor and then hopefully I can get some answers. Unfortunately I am having trouble finding the energy to do anything but the absolute necessities. Exercise has pretty much flown out the window.

I really do want to exercise but the migraines are just killing me. I did exercise once last Monday and again on Sunday morning. I got the BeachBody Body Gospel exercise set. It's not exactly what I was expecting but it is a really good workout. I am sweating and out of breath but I am able to do everything in the video which makes me feel good. I have only done three of the exercise sessions so far and I really do love them. Two of them are a little slower and focus on stretching more. I feel so good when I am done with them. I would highly recommend this set. I'm really excited to do some of the other dvds it came with.

So all in all I am very pleased with the BeachBody products so far. I'm looking forward to feeling better and actually being able to give my weight loss and exercise the effort it requires. Then I can really test out the BeachBody Products. Hopefully soon!. :)


You have to check this one out.

You have to check out this post. I just happened to come across it on my blog. I forgot how spiteful my little puppy was. She is almost two years old now. I can't believe how time flies. She is still adorable but these pictures are just too cute!


General Mills Giveaway!

I have another great Giveaway to offer you! Did I ever mention that I love giveaways? I really do. I love giving away free stuff to my great readers. :)

This Giveaway is a pretty nice one for anyone try to eat healthy. I was pretty excited to find 5 boxes of General Mills cereal on my doorstep. They sent me Cheerios®, Lucky Charms®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, Honey Nut Cheerios® and Total®. These five cereals are all included in their new White Check program. Every cereal with a White Check on the box has a whole grain listed as part of the number one ingredient. I was excited to see even some of my favs (Lucky Charms) have the White Check.

My Children of course devoured the cereal and loved all of them except for the Total. Which is ok because that is one that I really enjoy.

Here are some Whole Grain suggestions from Dr. Stork:

Start Early! The Dietary Guidelines recommend people get at least 48 grams of whole grain in their daily diets. Get a jump-start on the day’s nutrition by incorporating whole grain into your morning routine. For instance, when choosing cereal make sure whole grain is listed as the first ingredient. One easy choice is cereal with the white check, which have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.

Make Simple Swaps. Choose whole grain versions of the foods you love. Great options include whole wheat pasta and whole wheat bread or even whole grain crackers. Also, try different types of whole grain. Use brown rice instead of white rice as a side dish at dinner or popcorn, which is a whole grain, for a snack.

Don’t Judge a Food by Its Cover. The front of food packages provide good nutritional cues, but don’t forget to read the ingredients and check the nutrition label and side labels for additional health information. Cereals with the white check even include the amount of whole grain per serving on packaging.

For more information on the importance of whole grain and a chance to enter the “Fast Lane for Whole Grain” sweepstakes, visit www.WholeGrainNation.com.

Now to the Giveaway! One lucky Winner will receive 5 boxes of General Mills Cereal with the White Check!



How To Enter the General Mills Giveaway:

1. Let me know your favorite General Mills Cereal.

2. For a second entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.

3. For a third entry become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave that in the comment section.

4. For a fourth entry add my button to your blog and post the link in a comment below.

5. For a fifth entry add me as a friend on Facebook by clicking here and then leave me a comment telling me you did so.


The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Saturday March 3, 2012. For U.S Addresses Only. MyBlogSpark is responsible for shipping all prizes.




Disclosure: The prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.




$25.00 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card Giveaway!!!

I have another great Giveaway to offer on my blog. P&G, Sam's Club and MyBlogSpark have given me a $25.00 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card and are also allowing me to offer a $25.00 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card to one of my followers.

Check out this great offer!

Stock up on P&G products at Sam’s Club in February so you can afford to
give your baby quality products and a little more mommy time
Pick up any two of the following baby products to receive a $10 Sam’s Club
Gift Card toward your purchase made between Feb 1st and Feb 29th:
Pampers® Swaddlers® or Pampers
Cruisers® Diapers
Pampers SoftCare™ Scented Baby Wipes
Similac® Advance® Powder or Similac Sensitive® Powder
Dreft® Liquid Laundry Detergent
Register for your Gift Card at SamsClub.com/giftcardoffer by March 14, 2012

How To Enter the Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card Giveaway:

1. Let me know your favorite P&G product.

2. For a second entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.

3. For a third entry become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave that in the comment section.

4. For a fourth entry add my button to your blog and post the link in a comment below.

5. For a fifth entry add me as a friend on Facebook by clicking here and then leave me a comment telling me you did so.


The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Wednesday, March 7, 2012. For U.S Addresses Only.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

And The Winner Is ...

Just realized that this post is long overdue. The winners of the Ocean Spray Fruit Snack Giveaway are :


#40 - Jen
#6 - Melissa
#35 – JusticeCW
#12 – Cheryl Free

Congratulations to all of the winners! I'm sure you will love these fruit snacks (in moderation of course. :) ).

Please email your name, address and phone number to pudgetlosingweightonabudget@yahoo.com by Nov. 28, 2012.


Friday, February 17, 2012

My Big Surprise

I can finally announce my big surprise. I would have liked to announce it sooner but I have really felt run down this week.

My big surprise is that I joined the BeachBody Team!

I heard of BeachBody and Shakeology about 3 years ago. It caught my interest back then but I really couldn't afford to try it out. A few weeks ago I read a story in a business journal at work about Shakeology and all of it's benefits and it made me even more intrigued.

Needless to say that after looking into it for hours I decided to order my first month's worth of Shakeology. :) As I was placing the order I got a little nervous. I would have been spending about $4.00 a day on these shakes. It doesn't sound like a lot but since you have to pay for the month up front it looks worse than it is.

This is when I decided to look for bad reviews. I didn't want to jump into this purchase without the proper research. Well, I couldn't find a bad review but I was able to find a review from someone that did the same thing as me. He was also looking for bad reviews. After not being able to find any he decided to order. He loves Shakeology and BeachBody and has had great results.

His post not only convinced me to buy Shakology but to sign up to become a BeachBody Coach. Who could blame me? I am saving 25 percent on each Shakology purchase. :)

I am even more excited now that I have recieved my BeachBody Shakeology and Body Gospel Workout Video.

I drank a Shakeology Shake for breakfast yesterday and today. Both times I mixed together (in my vitamix) 1 scoop of Shakeology, 1 cup of water, 1 banana 9 ice cubes & 1 tbsp of peanut butter. It tastes almost exactly the same as my Pudget Smoothies. They have definitely recieved my stamp of approval for taste!

You can click here to watch the video on the health benefits of shakeology. The results of this product are awesome!

Today I tried out the Body Gospel Workout DVD. I really liked it. It made me sweat but it was totally duable for the out of shape me. :) I'm looking forward to using it again tomorrow. Did I mention that I over doubled my steps on my fitbit today. I was shocked at how much a little exercise can do for your daily activity.

I took my before BeachBody pictures tonight. Maybe someday soon I will share them. They are pretty bad.

I'm looking forward to some after shots real soon. I'm thinking about taking them every four weeks.

I will definitely let all of you know what I think of Shakeology in the next few weeks. I am praying that it helps increase my energy, make me feel better which will in turn lead to me wanting to exercise and lose weight. If I can get all of this for $3.00 a day I will be thrilled!

Wish me luck!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Exciting News

I have some really exciting news but I can't tell you about it until later this week. It is something that I really feel is going to boost my weight loss. I don't really want to give you any hints because I would hate to encourage anyone to purchase a product and then have it not be any good.

Ok. I'm not going to say anymore but my little secret should be arriving in the mail on Tuesday. I am beyond excited. I will tell you all about it in a few days and also review it for everyone to read for the next few months.

Can't wait!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And The Winner Is.....

The winner of the $25 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card is Secret Mom Thoughts!!! Congratulations and enjoy your gift card.

Thank to all who entered. Check back next week for another $25 Sam's Club/ Walmart Gift Card.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Creamy Orzo Risotto with Butternut Squash Recipe

This recipe is my absolute favorite meal of all times. Not just healthy favorite but all time favorite!

It's Creamy Orzo Risotto with Butternut Squash. Click here for the recipe. Give it a try. You won't regret it. :)


And The Number Is.... Week 4 Weigh In

I'm not thrilled to be writing my weigh in post this week. I had a very hectic week (which seems to be the norm lately) and it totally messed with my motivation to eat healthier and exercise more.

When I stepped on the scale last Friday I was at 193. That is a gain of 1.2 pounds. I know it may not seem like much of a gain but to me it is still frustrating. I want to lose this weight so badly and I hate when the busyness of life gets in my way. :)

I'm sure many of you go through the same thing. You have a busy week and forget to eat healthy or just don't feel like you have the time to eat healthy or maybe you are just so busy and tired that you don't care. I think the last reason I listed was pretty much how I felt last week. I was busy with work, the girls, my house and so much more that I just couldn't do it all. So what suffered? My health of course.

I know I mentioned this before. My health always seems to come last when I have a busy week. It is so hard for me to make the time and put my health higher on my list of priorities. I just wish I could figure out a way to do this without feeling guilty.

Unfortunately this past week and even so far this week I have lost track of my goals. I haven't had the time to plan my meals, grocery shop or even do my daily devotion. It's so funny that I really do miss the getting up early to do my devotion and throw a meal in the crockpot.

It is really cool for me to see what a difference planning ahead can make. I am hoping the by Wednesday I should be back on track. That gives me today to get a menu planned for the week, go grocery shopping and get to bed a little earlier so that I can get up and do my daily devotions and Bible reading.

So the key for me is planning ahead. I know what I need to do to get back on track. Hopefully by the end of this week I can lose the 1.2 pounds I gained last week and continue to do so into next week.

I hope all of you had a great week! If you didn't than join me on getting back on track. Today is a new day!


Today Only - $25 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

I have another great giveaway to offer you this week. Sam's Club and MyBlogSpark sent me a $25.00 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card and are also offering one lucky follower of my blog a $25.00 Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card.

This Giveaway is going to be a little different than most of my giveaway's. I will only accept entries today and tomorrow morning I will randomly choose a winner.

As most of you already know, Sam's Club offers great deals not only the products that they carry but also on Box Tops for Education. I love the offers they have because it allows me to help my daughter's school without any extra time, effort or money.

Here are some great General Mills brands that will also help you earn more cash for your local school with the Sam’s Club “6 Box Tops on a Pack” promotion.

At least 6 Bonus Box Tops will be located on return-to-school brands such as Nature Valley Oats 'N Honey Crunchy Granola Bars, Yoplait and Progresso.

I don't know about you but I love to give back to my daughter's school. I just cut off the box tops and put them in a ziplock bag and when we have a few I send them with her to school. The best part is that Sam's Club always seems to be offering the special extra box tops on some of their products. I love getting six Box Tops for Education instead of just one. It really is a great program and a great way to help your local school.


How To Enter the Sam's Club/Walmart Gift Card Giveaway:

1. Let me know if you collect Box Tops for Education.

2. For a second entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.

3. For a third entry become a follower. If you are already a follower just leave that in the comment section.

4. For a fourth entry add my button to your blog and post the link in a comment below.

5. For a fifth entry add me as a friend on Facebook by clicking here and then leave me a comment telling me you did so.


The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Wednesday, February 8, 2012. For U.S Addresses Only. MyBlogSpark is responsible for sending the prize pack.


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