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I Lost Weight and Saved Money Too

Updated on August 10, 2011
Just a little planning goes a long way.
Just a little planning goes a long way.

How to loose weight and save money.

In my endeavor to get along in a fast paced world I have stopped giving prime attention to my body. This has resulted in weight gain, lack of energy and increased financed eating out. After the age of 35 however, a need to refine my life, take better care of my health and gain control of my spending have become paramount. With a lot of thought and planning, I have developed a system that allows me to eat healthy due to meal planning and preparation. When I stick to this plan, I save over $800 a year due to eating out less.

1. I made a list of all the healthy, low calorie, low fat foods I enjoy eating. After making a list of these foods I created a menu of three different breakfast, lunch and snack combinations of these foods.

2. I made a list of the price I would pay for all of these items. The prices I got from previous receipts from the stores I shop at. I determined which stores gave me the best price. I then made a third list sorted by the four stores. In each store I put the food article that I will purchase the things from my menu list so that I get the best deal. Don’t forget to find coupons for these items in the stores.

3. On Sunday evening I make two of the dinners and then freeze them in freezer dinner containers. This generally makes me for of each meal so I have 8 dinners to choose from. Wednesday night I will make the last of the three dinner combination meals and freeze those. So I have dinner ready to heat and serve for two weeks with three different options. I then make my lunch for the next day and pack it along. If I am taking breakfast I pack that too so I can grab and go both the next morning.

4. Exercise is important. See my article “How to loose 10 pounds through interval training”, for a program that might work for you. Or find a routine that works for you after speaking to your doctor.

The key to your success is planning and preparation. If you follow this plan for 6 weeks you will have developed a habit that will lead to your success in being healthy, leaner and growing towards financial freedom.


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    • Carlon Michelle profile image

      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      Hi J, I'm glad you found this useful. It really works too. I read somewhere that just packing you lunch and limiting eating out to one meal a week in a year your could drop 30 pounds that stay off. I've lost 10 so far in less than 5 months. Smile!

    • jwhitman profile image

      jwhitman 6 years ago from Albany, New York

      I love it! This is a great hub! Very informative and interesting. I love your idea about mapping out different meals to make with the same time of ingredients. I'm going to try this out! You've got a great ad about a free meal planner that I am going to check out right now = ) Voting up, interesting and useful.