Monday, April 25, 2011

WW Update Week 10

EEEK I gained 4lbs this week. I just don't do well when I don't track, lesson learned the hard way :( This week is crack down to make up for it. I hate make up weeks! Oh well I guess there is nothing I can do about it now anyway. I did go shopping this weekend and got some new SMALLER clothes! The pants are at least 1 size maybe 2 from what I was, it's hard to tell because stores vary so much in their sizes. I even got a shirt that's XL not a plus size and it isn't one of those really baggy styles either its a tight fitting style.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Weight Watchers 2 Month Update!

AS OF 4/14/11
Monthly Weight Loss: 3lbs
Total Weight Loss: 8lbs
Monthly Measurements: +2 inches in some spots
Total Measurements:+2

I'm not exactly sure why I'm losing pounds but gaining inches. It doesn't make much sense to me unless I measured in a slightly different spot. 2 of my areas were +2, 2 were +1, and the other was the same. I can't figure it out but at least I'm losing something right? I do however think that my pants seem looser in the thighs/butt area, but obviously my measurements didn't reflect that.

Monday, April 18, 2011

WW Week 9 Update!

I lost 1 lb at todays weigh in and that dropped me down to the next Daily Points Target bracket! YAY I'm still making progress! The last few days I've started getting comments that my face looks thinner! :) I'm just a few pounds from half way to my first goal weight! I need to do my 2 month update, I've taken measurements but not pictures yet. I promise I'll get them up as soon as possible this week.

I also want to give a quick shout out to one of my best friends, Kim. She and her husband welcomed their sweet baby girl to their family Friday night! I knitted her a dress I will upload the pics of it soon!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Frugal Friday - Make Your Own Foaming Hand Soap

For this Frugal Friday Post (I know it's Saturday, I tried to post it yesterday but it wouldn't let me for some reason) I'm going to show you how to make your own foaming hand soap. I love foaming hand soap but hate to pay the price for it. I quickly found out how to make it and I've been making my own for years! It's SUPER cheap and you can make it in the time it takes you to refill your dispenser. And the best part is you can use your favorite regular soap or body wash! For the last several years I have gotten several little gift baskets/bags that had small bottles of body wash in them. I hated to throw them out but I simply couldn't use them all up so I turned them into hand soap! I haven't had to buy soap for over a year!

Foaming Soap Dispenser (This will cost some money. I just bought one with soap in it and once the soap was gone made my own to refill)
Liquid Hand Soap or Body Wash


1. Pour a small amount of soap into your soap dispenser. Less than an inch.

2.  Fill the dispenser with water.

3. Give it a little shake and let it mix together. This will take a few hours to get fully incorporated, but you can still use it in the meantime just give it a good shake before using. Once the soap is all mixed (you can no longer see a separation and it's one solution) it's done!


Monday, April 11, 2011

WW Week 8 Update!

Today is my 1 year Blogoversary and what better way to celebrate it than the results of my weigh in this week! I lost 3lbs! WHOO-HOO! I will do my measurements and monthly update on the 14th since that is the date I started WW. I hope I lost some inches, but if not I know I'm at least losing pounds.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Frugal Friday (On Saturday) - Deodorizing and Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal

This is a quick inexpensive way to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal. Fill up the garbage disposal with ice cubes. Put in the stopper and fill the sink with hot water and a little dish soap. Turn on the disposal and run until you can no longer hear the ice being crushed. Once that happens un plug the sink and let the hot soapy water run down the disposal you can follow up with a cold water stream if you wish. Once your dishwasher is cleaned you may deodorize it by cutting a lemon in quarters and running it through the garbage disposal. This will freshen your garbage disposal for practically no money!

Monday, April 4, 2011

WW Week 7 Update

This week lost 2lbs! And that was with the eating plan alone, I didn't work out even once. However I do plan to workout this week! I got a new exercise ball last week and I plan to try it out this week! It's supposed to be a 65 inch circumferance ball and it came with a tape measure thing that you are supposed to put around the ball then blow it up to fit, however I have it pretty much blown up and its nowhere near where it should be to fill the tape measure. It said not to fill it up all on the first try and to give the ball time to stretch, so maybe thats what the problem is but I simply cannot imagine it will get that much bigger from how it looks now. Anyone have any advice or know anything about this? I'd really like to know what you think!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Frugal Friday - Homemade Laundry Soap

This is a recipe I have not made myself, but have used. I saw no difference in the freshness or cleanliness of my clothes after using it. It's extremely cost effective. One batch makes enough for SEVERAL loads.

Homemade Laundry Soap
4 cups Hot Tap Water
1 Fels-Naptha Soap bar(I have seen recipes that say any bar soap you have will work I have not tried it though)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)
1/2 cup Borax

Grate the bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir Continually over Medium-Low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake before each use (will gel).

Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: Lavender, Rosemary, Tea Tree oil.

Top Loading Machines: 5/8c per load (approx. 180 loads)
Front Loading Machines: 1/4c per load (approx. 640 loads)

Let me know if any of you try it and what you thought!