Who Else Has The Guts To Cancel Their Gym Membership?

 

This past weekend, I finally had the guts to cancel my gym membership.  I felt a little guilty at first, but the reality is that I don’t use it, and I knew that I wouldn’t go in the future either.

So, I’ve come up with a health and fitness blueprint that has worked for me in the past, and it includes an app, inspiration, and exercise.  Read on if your needing a fitness plan that’s budget friendly too.

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MyFitnessPal

 

MyFitnessPal is my favorite app for tracking calories, carbs, fiber, and workout steps.  I will be the first to admit, that if I don’t pay attention to how much I’m eating, the pounds pile on.  This app keeps me in reality with how much I’m actually eating per day, which for me makes or breaks my health goals.  I also sync it with my Mac & Apple watch.  This app is also available on on other devices.

 

 

Lower Carb Lifestyle

 

Any eating plan that helps you feel better, and obtain your goals is awesome.  For me, I do really well on a lower carb plan, in fact at my last yearly wellness checkup, my doc handed me this Basic Dos & Dont’s of Healthy Eating sheet.

 

 

If your into this type of eating lifestyle too, I would love for you to join me on my Low Carb Love FB page or Pinterest page .  I share easy, delicious, and simple tips from some of the best low carb bloggers out there.  (They deserve all the credit for helping me keep variety in my life, and stay on track).

I also have a Low Carb Love amazon page with different kitchen gadgets to help make your meals easier, because ahead of time prep is key with any eating plan.

 

Stationary Bike

 

Next up, exercise.

When I did go to the health club, I always ended up on a stationary upright or recumbent bikes.  Well heck, I can save some money and time by doing this at home, and after some research, I decided to buy this Sunny Health And Fitness Pro Exercise Bike .

 

Sunny Health And Fitness Pro Exercise Bike

 

 

The reviews are high, it’s a super price at $240, and I got free assembly, in which someone comes to my home and puts it together.  This will save an argument between my hubby and I putting it together ourselves.  LOL

 

I’ve also bought an earlier version of this, Exerpeutic Gold 525XLR Folding Recumbent Exercise Bikewhich I would recommend to anyone because it folds, rolls, and has a high weight capacity weight limit up to 400 lbs, which is great on the knees.  Heck, my sister puts her’s under her desk at home while she works.  Check out the pic below.

 

 

 

 

 

This Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike is still available on Amazon, it’s the perfect starter bike.  It holds up to 300 lbs, rolls, and folds in a limited amount of space, and for around $150, you can’t beat the price.  Plus, if you have low back pain, knee, or hip problems, (which I do) this is a great non-bearing indoor bike to try.

 


 

Well, that’s it, I quit the gym, and I look forward to creating my own home workout space.

I will update you on my progress, but more importantly, my hope is that all of you who are trying to get healthier succeed in you quest.  Baby steps, seem to work best, and Here’s to a Happy Healthy Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How My Guy Saves On His RX Glasses!

My hubby and I have reached the age where we both have to wear those dreaded prescription glasses, and I don’t consider a trip to the eyewear store a fun date for the two of us.   Plus, by the time you pick out your glasses, add the features that you want, you always end up paying well over $150-$300.

That’s great if you have vision insurance that will cover a pair of specs per year, but let’s face it, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need several back up pair of glasses.  Heck, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost and found my glasses over the years, and thank goodness for places like Zenni Optical, my guy and I save big time on our RX glasses each year.

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Get your Prescription Glasses from Zenni Optical! Prices starting at $6.95. Shop Now!

 

So, how do we do it?  First you upload your eyeglass prescription to Zenni, measure out what size you need, pick out a stylish pair of pair, and some features that you want.  Next, add them to your cart, check for any coupons, and buy!  Within a week or so they are in your mailbox, and here’s are recent purchase that only cost us $20 bucks shipped.  Woo Hoo!

 

Zenni Package

 

 

The best part, is opening that package up, and seeing your masterpiece with your own eyes!  Well, technically we will see it better after we our glasses on!  🙂

 

 

Zenni Package 2

 

 

So, if your into savings like I am, and you need some extra pairs of glasses, I highly recommend that you give Zenni Optical a try.  As you can see from the picture above, they have glasses that start at $6.95, so for that kind of money you could get a couple pairs.  Their website has some wonderful how to videos so I encourage you to watch them, and don’t forget to sign up for their e-mail, so you can always know what promotions they are running and save even more.

New Styles for a New Year. Start the year off right with fresh eyewear. SHOP NOW at Zenni Optical.

I’m 50, And My Gift List Sure Has Changed

 

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OMGosh, since turning 50 this past year, I’ve realized that my holiday gift list has really changed from the past years.  My kids, parents, and siblings are all getting older, and here’s what my gift list looks like today.

 

For My Family & Friends

 

My #1 gift for my family & friends, drum roll please!  Gift Cards!

That’s right, other than a few gag gifts, candles, and fragrance sets, I don’t have a clue what everyone wants, and a gift card takes a lot of pressure off of me to try and figure out what everyone wants.  (Trust me, they like gift cards).  🙂

 


Now Lets Move On To Me!

 

My mom head out in the wee hours of the morning, and we’ve come to the conclusion that on Black Friday we tend to really buy for ourselves.  It’s almost as if we buy the things we’ve been wanting all year, at drop bottom prices, and get what we really want under the tree.

So, here’s what I’m searching for this season:

 

Fire HD 10 Tablet

 

Fire HD 10 Tablet

 

I knew that when my mom and I bought this Amazon Fire HD tablet for my hubby last year, that I was going to be jealous!  It’s just the right size, it’s fast, and the HD graphics are crystal clear.  He absolutely loves it, because he watch movies, reads his western books, and talk to Alexa, which is irritating to me.  🙂

Right now for Black Friday, they are running drop bottom prices on all of their tablets, including the New HD 10 Kids Edition, so if your in the market for one, now is the time to buy!

 


 

New Balance Athletic Shoes

 

I’m 50 peeps, and I need some relief for my feet.  Every year my mom and I both take advantage of the Black Friday sales on athletic shoes, and this year I’m going online to Joes New Balance Outlet.  Since I already know what size and width I need, I am going to take advantage of the deep discounts they are offering.  Here’s my last pair, and if you decide to

 

 

 

Joes New Balance Outlet

 

Bon Voyage!  Luggage

 

I recently went on my first Carnival cruise, and it was a sad sight watching my hubby huff and puff from carrying our old suit case up that plank. LOL

So, this American Tourister 3pc luggage set, is defiantly on my list, for $55 on Amazon.

 

American Tourister 3pc Set

 

Super Saving Travel Tip:  I booked my cruise through Ebates , and received 10% back on my trip.  I figure if I’m going to shop online, I might as well rack in the money.  If you follow my link below, you will receive $10 just for joining this FREE cash back service!

 

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 

Apple Watch Series 3

 

Apple Watch Series 3

 

I already own one, but it’s a surprise for some a family member….shhhh.  I have had my Apple watch for several years, and it’s been awesome to see my steps, text messages, and weather alerts.  This guy is on Amazon for $299

 


Isn’t this a super list? 🙂 Although, I am seriously thinking about booking another cruise. The earlier I book the better the savings. Thank you for stopping by, and I want to wish all of you a very Merry Holiday season. Cheers.

 

 

My Top Gift Ideas For A Low Carb Follower

My Top Gifts For Low Carb Followers

 

Do you or someone you know follow a low carb lifestyle?  If you do, here’s some of my top gift ideas to give them this holiday season.

Super Tip:  Check out my Low Carb Love Amazon page, for more ideas.

 

(Note: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, SO PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU DECIDE YOU WANT TO TRY ANY DIET PLAN).

Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and I will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking on some of them.  Read my disclosure policy here .)

Instant Pot

Instant Pot For Low Carb Dishes

The Instant Pot is my #1 go to cooker that I tell everyone to get.  It’s simply amazing all that it can do, from making yogurt, cheesecake, and most importantly a tender piece of meat in half the time it takes to cook in the oven.  This is very important when your following a low carb plan, especially if you work all day.

Air Fryer

GoWISE USA 5.8-Quarts 8-in-1 Electric Air Fryer XL For Low Carb Followers

I recently went to a girlfriend’s house and tried a few pumpkin seeds that she had made. They were simply delicious, and not greasy! She told me that she made them in a air fryer.

That took me completely by surprise, and I knew that I had to get one too.

(All I could think about was chicken wings I was going to eat in the future).

VitaMix Blender

Vitamix 5300 Blender For Low Carb Diet

My mom bought me a Vitamix blender years ago, and it has been my best friend when it comes to low carb cooking, shakes, or making my own nut butter spreads.  This guy above is available on Amazon, and it’s refurbished, which means you get a professional grade blender at a super price, but if you can afford more, go for it.

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer

Spiralizer 5 Blade Vegetable Slicer For Low Carb Diet

This Spiralizer 5 Blade Vegetable Slicer is really a super gift for any diet out there.  It basically, puts those zoodles on the table in a flash, and it’s super easy to use.  This really is a super gift for any home chef out there.

Low Carb Gift Basket 

Maybe you would like to put together a Low Carb gift basket, and these are the products that I would recommend below:

Swerve Sweetener Pack

Swerve Sweetener Duo For Low Carb Diet

I could go on and on about the yummy sweetness of Swerve, all I know is that I keep both powdered and granular versions in my pantry at all times.

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Bundle For Low Carb Diet

PB2 powdered peanut butter is a must for me in my home.  I add this to my shakes, yogurt, and recipes.  You can also get PB2 in individual packets, but if your going to give a gift, just get a bigger basket. and both flavors  🙂

ChocZero Keto Bark

ChocZero Keto Bark For Low Carb Gift

Sometimes you must have a little chocolate, right?  ChocZero Keto Bark comes to the rescue, when you can’t make your own.  They come in individual packets and a variety of flavors such as almond, coconut, hazelnut, and peanut.

Western’s Smokehouse Assorted Meat Sticks

Western's Smokehouse Assorted Meat Stick For Low Carb Gift

These Western’s Smokehouse assorted meat sticks are a perfect way to finish off your low carb gift basket, and if your feeling really festive, you could also put in a little Amazon gift card and let them pick out something else.

I hope that some of these suggested low carb gift ideas will keep your loved ones or yourself motivated to keep going on your wellness journey.

I have seen some amazing transformations by following a low carb lifestyle, and I want to wish everyone, no matter what eating plan you follow, a safe and happy holiday season.

 

What I Miss About The Black Friday’s Of The Past

Black Friday's Of The Past

 

Black Friday is soon approaching, and just like you, I enjoy finding the savings online, but, if I’m being honest, I kind of miss the Black Friday’s of the past and here’s why.

Thanksgiving Day

 

Thanksgiving Day was a time for spending with your family and friends, and you didn’t leave your warm, toasty, home to get the deal of a lifetime.

Now, if you ate too much, and want to go as a family to find those savings then have at it, other wise, I try my best to stay home.  LOL

 

Turkey Day Newspaper

 

On Turkey day, I would get up in the wee hours of the morning, put my bird in the oven, and head to the gas station to get the massive newspaper, that was full of colorful ads, and the anticipation of savings.

My mom and I would circle the items that we wanted to buy, plan out a route, and away we would go with that newspaper guiding the way.

 

Up At The Crack of Dawn

 

I can remember getting up at 3:00 in the morning, to go stand in line at the store, freezing my butt off, but as soon as those doors opened, it was time to become a team and get that Black Friday deal!  Whoop! Whoop!

 

Get That Gift

 

 

This was the time you had to dive right in the middle of a swarm of people, and get that gift.  Sure, there were some people who weren’t very nice, but the majority of people were kind, and willing to help others too.

 

Hiding The Presents

 

At the end of the shopping day, your mission wasn’t over, you had to bring your gifts into the house and put them in secret spots.  Now, whether my family found these gifts, I will never know, because they always acted surprised on Christmas Day.

 

The Big Nap

 

And finally, after all that shopping on Black Friday, I would take a well deserved nap, with a smile on my face, because of all the savings that I got.

 

Sit And Click

 

Now, I’m sure that some people reading this think that I’m crazy to miss the Black Friday’s of the past, because today you can buy all those savings online.  In fact, certain websites share weeks in advance, what’s going to be on sale, and you can take advantage of the door-busters savings as you sit and click.

This really is great for those who have to work on the holidays, or can’t physically get around.

 

Time Well Spent

 

For as long as I can, I want to spend Black Friday with my mom, and hopefully, my daughter one day.  It doesn’t matter to me how we do it, just as long as we do, because it’s time well spent, which is priceless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Decorate For The Holidays Like A Pro On A Budget

 

Every year my hubby and I look forward to going to The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, because as you move through each room, it’s has been professionally decorated in a different theme, such as Vintage Santa.  I come away all kinds of creative ideas on how to decorate my own home, and I have found that The Dollar Tree, is a budget friendly place to start.  I can basically decorate a room for less than $20, and here’s how.

 

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One of my favorite decor items that The Dollar Tree changes out with each season, are these wall hanging signs.  I bought the ornament shaped ones below last year, and they fit right in to my Santa & Snowman theme decor, and they have tons of other options on their website for $1 each.

Hanging Ornament Wall Hanging

I’ve noticed that a professionally decorated room has every little space filled with something that matches the concept of the room.  For instance, these little holiday shelf sitters, add a whimsical feel to my bookcases, kitchen shelves, and buffet, and they sit and stay all season long.

 

Christmas Shelf Sitters

 

I also like to add some ambiance to my wall signs and shelf sitters,  So, I get a variety of battery operated or plug-in lights. like the fairy styled ones below.  The more lights the merrier is my motto!
Christmas House Battery Powered LED Lights
I could go on and on about the different seasonal decor items that are available at The Dollar Tree , and if you need some DIY Craft Tips & ideas, then make sure you check out their blog:

The Dollar Tree Tips & Ideas Blog

 

There are some super crafty people who have shared their tips, tricks, and hacks on The Dollar Tree website, and they also have a members only Value Seekers Club, that’s worth joining.

 

One final tip, the advantages of buying online, is that you will get what you want, because at my local store, many of these items have been picked through.  You can also save by having your items shipped to your local Dollar Tree store, which is great, and if your decorating for a huge event you can buy in bulk.

FREE* Shipping When You Choose To Have Your Order Shipped To Your Local Dollar Tree Store For Pickup! *Restrictions may apply.

 

Now go save yourself some money, and decorate your home like the pros do, and I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.

 

So, How Did My First Cruise Go You Say?

Cruise Life

 

My hubby and I just went on our first Carnival cruise, and of course, when we came back, everyone was asking how it went. All I have to say, is that I’m hooked, lined, and sinkered and the cruise life is for me. But, there are a few things that I would have done differently, and here’s why.

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Super Saving Tip:  By the way, I saved and got cash back by booking my cruise through EBATES!

Yeppers!  This gal saved some moolah, and booked her cruise through EBATES, and now I have some cash back to use for the holidays!  HO! HO! HO!  If you shop online, for goodness sakes use EBATES!

 Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Luggage Woes

One, of the first things that I noticed is that we needed to buy a new set of luggage that is light and roller friendly.  Our old-fashioned luggage wasn’t going to cut it, and my poor guy’s face went 10 shades of red by the time we got on the boat.  Oops…

So, the next time we go, I’m getting a 3 piece luggage set like this, of course I’m loving the color.

3 Piece American Tourister Luggage Set

 

This above American Tourister 3 piece set, reminds me of papa, mama, and baby bear luggage, and it’s perfect for us two.  The little carry on bag has just enough room for swim suits, sunscreen, and glasses to put on just in case your room isn’t ready.  Which brings me to the larger suitcases….read on.

Passports, Tickets, and ID’s

I am so glad that my hubby and I have such a great sense of humor, and the cruise ship employees too.  LOL  I felt like we kept losing our passports, tickets, and ID’s at every checkpoint.  I’m sure that some of it was the excitement of getting on that ship, but we will defiantly be more organized with the help of a family passport holder like the one below:

Travel Wallet With RFID Blocking Passport Holder

Not Bring So Many Clothes

I basically wore my swim suit and coverup the entire trip.  So, the next time I go, I will only bring a few outfits, and save the rest of the room in my luggage for souvenirs and treasures I find to bring back home.  The only good thing that I already had was this hanging travel bag  which fit perfectly in our tiny little bathroom.

Hanging Toiletry Bag

Towel Clips

Holy Moly, it can get really windy when you’re laying out in the sun on the deck. I noticed that others had these really neat towel clips to keep their towels, and hats from flying off the deck.

Sun Hat

The warm sun on my face, the glistening waves, and wind on my skin is very fantastic, until my flashy fashionable sun hat kept flying off my head.  LOL  So, next time this gal is going to combine comfort with functionality, and get this UV sun hat with pony tail opening.

Sun Hat With UV Protection

I’m sure as I investigate other travel blogger or cruise ship websites, I will find more cruising tips to try, but I have to tell this was one of the best times of my life. I kept thinking in the middle of that ocean, how blessed and beautiful it is to live in a world so full of chaos.  It was wonderful just to collect my thoughts, and reflect and I can’t wait to go again.  Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to tell me about your cruise adventure and why below in the comments.  Bon Voyage super mates.

 

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