Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WW Update and Ebates

So, I'm really trying to get my life in order right now. Anyone who has a child understands. Anyone who has two children understands even more. Anyone who has more than two children... God bless you. You're a better woman than me.

That's part of what this Weight Watchers journey is all about: getting my life in order. I just feel like everything spins out of control sometimes! Like life moves too fast and all I'm doing is stuffing food in me, changing diapers, doing laundry and before you know it it's time to go to bed. I have very little grip on where my time or money goes and I'm sick of it. So far I've stuck to my daily/weekly allowance of points, went shopping specifically for fruits and vegetables that I like to eat, and even have almost completed labeling all the food in my pantry with the WW point values so I can tell at a glance if having that snack is worth it. Not going to lie, my serving size of M&M's was totally worth it's 6 points yesterday. Plus, now that I ate them the temptation is gone. Double whammy. It's nice too, to see what I have and what I'm probably not going to buy more of. For instance, I always eat Pop Tarts two at a time. That's 12 points. Or 10 for unfrosted, but please, who likes unfrosted Pop Tarts? Not worth it. So I'll finish off the two cinnamon ones I have left and not buy them anymore. It feels really good to be on top of this!

I'm learning more about the site too, and love all the cool cheat sheets. They're almost like a game because they are interactive, so I can build an omelet the way I like it (2 eggs, onions, bell peppers and ham), or make a really disgusting looking one (stuffed to the brim with mushrooms). It kept me occupied for way too long last night. I also played with the salad bar, the steakhouse, the food court... it's embarrassing, really, how much fun I was having.

I still haven't worked out yet, but it's okay. I know I'll get to it. On the WW site it says to track all of your activity, but I'm not sure how to track things like "dragged two children into the car, out of the car, into church, out of church, into the car, out of the car, into the shopping cart, out of the shopping cart, into the car, out of the car", so I think I'll just leave that alone. One example of activity they say to keep track of is raking the leaves. Really? That counts as activity? That takes about as much energy and strength as it does to change a 2 year old's diaper, so do I count that? Or the walks back and forth from table to kitchen to get Brooklyn's milk, a burp cloth for Peyton, napkins, more food? Does sex count? Seriously- where does the activity begin and end? I'm not running 3 miles a day, but I do run around frantically quite often.

I do know I've already lost 5 pounds, but I shouldn't know it, because I'm not supposed to weigh myself until Friday. Hence why I was never allowed to own a scale. Seriously, forbidden by Brandon from the time we started dating because he knew I would obsess over it. He's being incredibly encouraging and supportive of me right now and said I can finally get a scale to weigh in and check my progress. Too bad I already checked it early, and multiple times a day. Luckily, I caught myself thinking, "Oh no, did those M&M's make me gain any weight?" and realized I was reverting to who I used to be. Now the scale is tucked away safely on the top shelf of our closet where I can't reach it, and let's face it: I'm not going to drag a chair in there to try and get it. I'm not desperate, it was just tempting me by sitting by the bathroom door. It will only make its appearance on Fridays when I weigh myself, and Brandon will immediately put it back after. Another way to keep control.

In addition to controlling my weight, I know I need to control my time and money. I'm working on a more strict budget and ways to organize bills and what not. One thing that I am SO excited to share today is Ebates! My mom emailed me about it last week and I honestly don't know why anyone wouldn't want to be a part of it. It's incredible, and it was the last reason I needed to join WW in the first place! Ebates is a website that is free to sign up on, and everyone gets some sort of welcome gift when they do. For my mom, it was $5. For me, it was a $10 gift card to a store of my choice (Target, duh). The premise behind Ebates is that whenever you are going to buy something online, you go to Ebates.com first and check to see if they have a reward for that site. Nearly everything is included on there, from Amazon to department stores to Groupon! Click on "Amazon", which right now gets you 3% cash back, and then Ebates directs you to Amazon where you can make your purchase. VOILA! 3% of whatever you just paid at Amazon will be coming back to you in the form of a check from Ebates. They send these rebate checks out every three months. So far my mom said she has gotten $35 back from them just for doing the shopping she was already going to do, but going through them first. AND IT'S FREE SO WHY NOT? I don't know how they're making any money off of it, but I don't care. I'm getting $14 CASH BACK for signing up for Weight Watchers. Heck yes!

It's not a scam, and best of all if you start referring other people, you get money for getting them to sign up too. What a great way to get some money back for doing absolutely nothing! This is my kind of job :) So please, go sign up! Get yourself a free money back gift to get started and then save on everything you're going to buy anyway!

Click here to get started with Ebates!

Happy Tuesday :) 

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure what type of veggies you like but we literally roast ALL of our veggies in the oven. SO GOOD. I never steam them or anything gross like that. We do asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli etc all roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper at 375 degrees for about 20-30 min depending on what you are making. Just a little tid bit that has changed the way we view and eat veggies around our house. :)