I was just thinking. I've actually done this before. Twice. I've been isolated and been anxious about the health of myself and one of my family members. Now it's not exactly the same, obviously - but I'm drawing on this example. Because it's so much easier to look back and know we have conquered hardship before.

The first time was when I was on bed rest with my daughter.  I had high blood pressure and gestational diabetes but felt totally fine. I remember that doctor's appointment on MLK Jr. Day - sitting on the bed and the doctor said I wasn't allowed to go to work anymore.  I still had 6 weeks to go. I had every intention of being at school that following Tuesday, but nope. Done. Not to return until May. I didn't say goodbye to my students, I wasn't allowed to go into my work and plan for my sub, and in 2012 - there was technology, but not like today. Getting into the remote server to get files was painful at best and I wasn't even allowed to sit up long enough to type on a computer anyway.

I didn't know or care about Audiobooks or Podcasts, and Netflix had streaming - but not everything. I signed up for the 5 DVDs at a time service and the Gilmore Girls Binge began. Since I had to lay on my side all the time except to make myself a little something to eat and go to the bathroom, I became pretty acquainted with Lorelai and Rory that spring and was definitely Team Logan! It was hard to read because holding a book up got tiring and I didn't yet have a nook or kindle to just prop up. A few people came to visit and I went to doctor's appointments, but pretty much it was me at home in Stars Hollow. It was boring, but I figured it out.  And it was all for the health of my sweet girl. I never once thought about disregarding her health so I could go have fun "like normal."

The second time was after brain surgery in 2017. I distinctly remember coming home from my 5 day stay in the hospital with a soft hat on my head and taking my daily "walk" to the end of the block.  I was tired, and on pain meds, but I wept inside as our neighbors were having a little get together across the street.  I couldn't go, so we just waved and said hello as I walked back into the house. It had been 5 days in the hospital with only a few family visitors, and about a week of isolation and anxiety before that. My last day at school in April was rushed because I didn't really want to face saying goodbye for the year. I wanted to be with people! But I just couldn't.

As the days went on, and a friend or family member would bring me lunch one at a time for about an hour because I was too tired and needed to lay down, I clung to those visits.  But it wasn't a bright bustling restaurant or a party or date with Marshall at the bar. I spent a lot of time those 6 weeks snuggling with my kids and watching cartoons (and dozing), listening to podcasts and audiobooks because using my eyes was hard, and doing my coach work for just a little part of the day from my phone.

In each of these times, I can look back and realize that I have been isolated AND anxious before.  I survived and found things to do and ways to keep busy.  I looked to the brightsides of everything and took advantage of the luxuries I could. Soft clothes, food that made my body feel good, TV that I felt connected to, and the people closest to me were around as possible. I also clung to a stable routine. I tried to go to bed at a consistent time and wake up and follow the same morning ritual every day.

Yes, this isolation is for everyone, and it's definitely more challenging with 2 bustling kids at home, but there are still ways that we can feel really blessed during this time. We can work on our soul, learn something new like a language or other new skill, get "shredded" like the coaches and I laughed about last week, start a home business, tackle projects or guilt-free binge Netflix.

What connections can you make with all of this? Have you conquered isolation or anxiety before? Can you look back and do some of those same things you did then to cope or maybe learned that those weren't the best ways (like all the wine and chocolate? ;)

These are some of the things that are keeping me sane right now.  Free home workouts, mindfulness, audiobooks, and I'm going to try the virtual field trips and zen coloring pages with my daughter - who is struggling with this so much right now.  Send me your email address here. My auto-bots will send the PDF to your email and maybe some of this will help you, too.

Much Love,


Treat yourself well right now.

What does self care mean when massages and spa trips aren't an option? Try these to stay calm and happy during this crazy time.

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Have you been isolated and anxious before, too?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

With my absolute passion for teacher health and wellness, I wanted to put together a list of resources that I have found among the entire teacher-self-care community to help you take care of YOU during this time of transition. I hope you will find these resources helpful, and I am here for you. Reach out for a chat anytime.

1. These ladies have thought of everything! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy! This webinar recording is worth it - and it's totally cool to pause and watch in chunks. It is specifically for teachers, and I encourage you to follow each of these ladies on Instagram as well! Here's the link to sign up: From Crisis to Calm: A Success Plan for Balance, Workflow, and Collaboration While Teaching from Home During the Covid 19 Safety Precautions.

2. My very first podcast I ever listened to was Happier by Gretchen Rubin. Besides binging her podcast, seeing her live, and buying and obsessing over all of her books, I'm recommending these two articles from her website. 
3. Planning your day is so important especially now - and it's good for kids, too! Check out this free template from the Best Self Company - the producer of my favorite journal/dayplanner.  I've been using the Best Self Journal for years.  Enter Code HHTEACHER for 15% off your first order!

4. I know these are everywhere on my site, but my daily self care routine of working out, eating well, celebrating others, and filling my soul with personal development has been the single constant thing in all of this. You can grab the free workouts here. And if you want to invest in yourself and sign up for my private coaching along with a full program that delivers measurable and life-changing results, you can see the details of that at the "start a program" tab above. I'll be offering various discounts throughout this #stayhomeMN campaign that you will see on my IG and FB or if you request info. (At the time of writing this, it's $50 off through the end of March)  

5. We gotta look cute from the waist up, so I'm looking forward to rocking a different doublehood many days! There might be jammie pants on the bottom. hee hee You can look at my favorite online boutique, Mindy Mae's Market to pick one (or 3) 

We will get through this! And hopefully these tips will help ease us into our new routines at home. 

Our matching doublehoods and smoothies! 

Surviving Covid-19

Saturday, March 21, 2020

With this crazy coronavirus outbreak or just because you can't find time to go the gym, working out at home is totally doable and more effective than I ever dreamed! I've been doing this for 4 years and am so grateful this is the one part of my life that isn't altered at all!

So as gyms have closed, for the time being, I thought I would give you my advice for working out at home.  It is SOOOOO important that you move every day - especially when much of our work will be so much more sedentary than usual. (teachers that aren't standing all day??)

Your workout should just be a highlight and small part of your day - you do it because it makes the rest of your life better. If you know you need more help with this, fill out this form to get more info on how to work with me as your coach!
  1. Determine your goal  ---  Do you want to just keep moving or see results in weight loss or toning? If you just want to move, go for a walk, dance in your living room, or find a free video online. If you want to see weight loss or toning results, it definitely worth it to subscribe to a service that guides you with a comprehensive program.  Most aren't crazy expensive but having that plan is keep.  Just like if you really wanted to learn a language, you could just search for some things for fun, or enroll in a class to really learn it.  The benefit to joining my program is that you get ME as your coach! 
  2. Pick a program/activity that's foolproof  ---  Don't decide you are going to lift weights for 2 hours and then run 5 miles if you have never worked out before.  You will dread that! But a 10-minute yoga session is a lot easier to get off the couch for! Running outside every day can be canceled by rain, so have a backup. Make it doable! You know your schedule - will the kids derail you or colleagues schedule a meeting during your time? 
  3. Be mindful of injury  ---  One of my favorite parts of the videos (click here to get 9 free samples!) is that the trainer is guiding me through form and giving directions on how to stand, lift, move to avoid injury.  Often I think "How does he know I was doing it wrong?" and I make the slight shift. But if you aren't using a video, be mindful of the difference between muscle fatigue/soreness and join pain or muscle injury. Being safe staying uninjured is key! Also not overworking body parts is another thing to consider. Varying your workouts each day will allow muscles to heal. Rest is also KEY! Rest days are worked into programs for a reason! 
  4. Have equipment ready   ---  You don't need a big space to workout! I think about the small part of the fitness classroom I personally occupied. Just a small square. Stand in one place and do the electric slide.  That's the amount of space you need! I like the dumbbells that are covered with neoprene.  They are easier on my hands.  My friends also swear by workout gloves! 
  5. Focus on the ROUTINE & Habit  ---  Whatever you do, try to do it at the same time every day. Put the same activities before and after it.  In a short amount of time, you will begin to feel a sense of calm and accomplishment just by beginning that routine.  Mine is wake up, walk downstairs, mix energize, get dressed in the leas resistance outfit I have laying there.  (No one cares what you look like, I may or may not wear the same sports bra and shorts until they smell.)
  6. Do something that's just a little bit harder  ---  Often at the gym, we will push ourselves in competition with the person next to us - but at home, it's a little harder not to just sit on the couch and watch the video instead of doing it.  So, I try to just keep the following in mind. "Is this just a little bit hard?" It doesn't have to be really hard (see #8) is just has to be a little harder than normal.  That is if your goal is to actually build strength and cardiovascular health. Breathe a little heavier, feel the burn just a little, and break a sweat. You are spending the time anyway, might as well make it count! 
  7. Abs are made in the workout but revealed in the kitchen.  ---  You can't eat terribly, workout and expect to see changes in your body.  Nutrition is actually more important for most people. Lots of veggies, several bottles of water, lean protein and fiber filled carbs - foods from the perimeter of the grocery store are more filling, have better nutrition, and are a more dense calorie footprint.  Eat smart! 
  8. Do it Daily  ---  A little bit every day is WAAAAY better than a lot every once in a while. The compound effect is good in savings accounts, and in your personal health bank inside your body.  A short workout is a smaller barrier to overcome so you are less likely to skip, and those small changes over time are proven successful.
  9. Find your motivation - then work your discipline  ---  You are not going to want to workout everyday. Do it anyway.  After about 3 weeks, you begin to form the discipline to just do it. You know what to expect, it's become a habit, and you realize that it's better to do it than to skip it.  It doesn't have to "fun", but there are enough things out there to try that it shouldn't be awful. At some point, you start to distinguish when it's a rest day and an excuse day.  It's hard to describe, but I guide my challengers through it all the time. 
  10. Find your connection & celebrate success  ---  After a workout, you might find that just completing it and smiling in the mirror is all of the celebration you need.  I really love to check in with my virtual fit club, talk about how sore we are, how proud we are that we met a goal or just made it through, and give each other a virtual high five as we head to the showers in our house to keep going with our day! 
If you'd like more information on joining one of my boot camps and being privately coached with group support and accountability through this transition, fill out this form and I'll contact ya!

How to Workout at Home

Thursday, March 19, 2020

I slept terribly for the last 2 nights.  All of the planning and work we did on Day 1 of Distance Learning Planning was exhausting and we left with more questions than answers. Day 2 was filled with waving at students from afar as their families picked up work, iPads, and items from their lockers to get them through if school is closed longer than 3 weeks.  We sent home books and if families asked to check out from our library, the only limit was how many books they could carry. The fact that the MN governor's office has given us this gift of 2 full weeks to completely change the way we teach and kids learn is also a call to excellence.

Last night, it was everything I could do to not start sobbing and pull it together for my family at home.

We can't just throw together an enrichment board and check-in with students sometimes, we need to be prepared to actually teach them the standards, differentiate for all levels, accommodate differences in family support and technology access, honor special ed plans, in addition to caring for our own families and teaching our small kids at home, too.

The work is ever-changing and we are trying to work together to be cohesive and thoughtful.  As encouraged and optimistic as I am, at the beginning of a challenging climb is always overwhelming. And last night, I woke up several times with an anxious pit feeling in my stomach. I know my teachers are feeling the same.

However, I feel really equipped to handle such volatile and scary times. Because in the best of times I started taking care of myself first, the bad times seem more manageable.  Before we even get in to what to do next, we need to start within.  When we are whole, we can give so much more. Here's a compilation of how I'm dealing with all of this. I hope something on here reaches your soul today.

  1. Your physical needs come first. 
    • Eat well. Lots of veggies and fruits alongside solid protein and fiber-filled carbs.  Find "comfort food" that also nourishes you. Simple veggie-based soups, food on the grill, pot roast with extra salad first.  Try to avoid packaged food when you can. I roasted a head of garlic last night and spread individual cloves on crusty bread. Delicious!
    • Drink water. A lot of it! Your energy, mood, and overall feeling of wellbeing is often tied to this. If you need some flavoring, I like to add a couple drops of Young Living Vitality Citrus Fresh or Tangerine oil to my big thermal cup. 
    • Sleep. Go to bed early. Your sleep is the thing you can do for your wellbeing and so many of us think it's skippable.  My life is easier when I am well-rested.  I'm more creative, patient, and able to solve problems. It's easier to handle my emotions.  You all know that your students who don't sleep enough are a mess at school.  You are not different, just more practiced at coping. 
    • Get some movement. Outside, a home workout, dance party in your living room.  It doesn't matter. Just move. 
  2. Work on your mind. 
    • Years ago when I was going through an awful time (death of a close friend and brain surgery) - I learned that I could fill my belly with wine and chocolate to feel better for a moment, or I could fill my soul with hope.  The soul work helped me on that phyiscal body focus AND on the emotional side.  Check out the more resources page for my favorite podcasts and audiobooks.  Turn of the news, shut down the social media stream and relax to one of these pep talks for your life. A little bit every day makes a huge difference in how you look at the world. 
  3. Manage the feelings. They are real.  
    •  I listen to the Calm app in my bed, laying down cozy style. I simply listen and let my mind wander where it will as the soothing voice guides my thoughts. If I fall asleep, awesome! If I don't, I feel more grounded. 
    • This book, The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein, got me through the anxiety of brain surgery and I've got it on repeat again now.  
  4. Recognize that growth and discomfort is what makes us better.
    • Think back to your proudest moments.  Were they things that came easy to you? Accomplishing goals are ALWAYS sweeter when the work was hard first.  As we navigate some really hard work right now, keep in mind that you will be proud of what you did in the end. 
  5. Practice Gratitude and Celebrate Small Wins
    • The work seems overwhelming and the world out of control, and that big win and rush of pride we are hoping for is a long way off.  In the meantime, think of the small wins each day.  No, you haven't launched a full lesson online today, but did you learn how to use video conference software? Did you identify the priorities - even if you haven't taken action on them yet? Are you grateful for a little extra sleep or time with your family because other activities are canceled? Are you grateful that you didn't have to fight with your most challenging student today? As you find yourself feeling defeated - look to the little things to celebrate.
  6. Find positive connection.
    • If your social media is full of a bunch of anxious people, unfollow them or spend time in positive groups. Search hashtags of cute dogs and comment on Instagram posts from a few weeks ago, call a friend or practice that video chat software and talk about the latest book, craft project,  or trashy tv show you have in common. Play video games with your kids and laugh and giggle and smile as much as you can. 
  7. Journal
    • Your grandkids want to know about this someday.  This is a time for the history books.  It's temporary, and we will never be the same.  I believe we will be better. 

We are human BEINGS - not human doings. Give yourself permission to slow down, take care of you first, and your natural need to serve and give will feel effortless. I can't wait to look back and see how proud we are of the work we did and how far we have come. Thank you for being with me on the journey. 

Your Physical and Mental Health First

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I LOVE the energy of a new program launch and I LOVE the results I always get with programs that stretch me!

This one will not disappoint! When I did the sample workout myself, it FLEW by and my arms and abs were just that right amount of "Oh, I worked out!" soreness for the following day.

Let me keep you accountable, give you meal plans, group support, and private coaching while Supertrainer Joel Freeman gives you an amazing and effective workout. 
Some highlights for you:

Program length: 6 weeks

Workouts per week: 5 (3 days of boxing, 2 days of weight lifting)
Workout length: 30-40 minutes
Equipment needed (I do mine in a small space in my house!):

  • Light, medium, & heavy dumbbells (lifting workouts)
  • 12” resistance loops (lifting & boxing workouts)
  • Small towel (boxing workouts)

Pricing depends on which package you want and what you already have and need.  Fill this out for a simple online consultation and a link to the sample workout so I can match you with the services and products to meet your goals. I'll help you get the best results on your teacher budget!

New! Boxing Fitness at home!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

This season is filled with busy. Extra busy. We thrive on it.

The hustle and bustle in the stores, the preparation for the time off of work and time with family. We run ourselves ragged and sometimes wouldn't even remember the holiday that flew by if it wasn't for the photos.

How are you?

"Oh Busy", you say. Me, too. We don't say "relaxed or happy" as if those responses aren't as worthy as being busy.

My friend, there is no luxury in busy. Busy is stressful and hard and exhausting. Yet, it's the thing we seem to be most proud of.

What does busy even mean and why is it the thing we strive for? I want to be cozy, and relaxed, and content, snuggling with my babies and leaving space in my mind for creativity and love. I want to be enjoying a night out with friends or my husband without the distraction of the, well, busy! This can be a complex thing to unwrap, so how about starting small. For this holiday season, let's make a commitment to planning and doing what we need to, but also letting go of something we don't.

These are the resources that help me to be more present in my life. I've found that just a little tool, nudge, or forethought into the day - not just ones that I read on facebook and dismiss, but the ones that I actually put into quiet action - is how I have found the elusive balance of love, family, life, work, and play.

First and foremost my own health. 

I'm going to add some of these delicious holiday recipes to my weekly dinner menu and order my groceries for pick up. I'm going to continue to do short meaningful exercise sessions in my basement simply because they work and make me feel good. When I do this little bit of practice everyday, I actually create energy. It doesn't mean I'm going to use the energy for more go go go, though. It means I'm going to use the energy to enjoy the rest as an indulgence.

Next, I always come back to this book each holiday season. 

It describes perfectly how I want to live my life most days. It gives me permission and reason to shut off busy. I've listened to it 3 times each holiday season and every single time it makes an impact.

I also use this journal/planner to organize and stay intentional about my days. 

It's different than just keeping a "busy" schedule, as it helps me create meaning towards my goals and gratitude each day. Especially at this time of year, I actually block out a large chunk of time to sit by the fire with a book. (Enter Code HHTEACHER for 15% off your first order!)

Last, I'm going to say no to a few things. 

I have a work gathering scheduled the same weekend as a musical and a wedding. I know that there will be another happy hour in January, so I can say no to the extra party and yes to a night with my kids. I also have decided that sometimes we say no to one of my old Christmas Dinner traditions and replace it with a quiet day at home. It means I don't see my extended family that day, but it means my little family of 4 gets to snuggle and create our own simpler traditions.

I also said goodbye to the evening and nightly news a long time ago. This seems to be a hot topic when I bring it up, but no news = 60 minutes a day of joy in a book or podcast or quiet instead of feeling bad for others that I often don't do anything about anyway. Want to say no to something easy, do this.

What's Next for you? 

I've given you an example of a teacher, mom, coach, wife, friend ditching the busy and choosing the life I actually want. How might YOU let go of busy this season and embrace these last present joyful moments of the decade?

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Are you ready to SHINE in 2020? I'm planning my Virtual Barre Class that will lift your spirits and your booty through low impact exercise designed to increase flexibility and muscle tone. Pair with my signature weight loss course and your resolution to finally lose weight happily this year won't fizzle in February, but GLOW through the entire year. It goes on sale on Dec 16th, be the first to join my VIP group and get $10 off! Sign up HERE for the free sample workout and more information!

Are you too busy, too?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Barre Blend - BE Graceful, Strong & Gorgeous in 60 Days

OK - this is a tagline - but I honestly already think you are gorgeous. The key is that at the end of this YOU think you are gorgeous, too!

I am so excited about the release of our newest program- Barre Blend! This low impact workout will seriously change your body- if you want to chisel your waist, define your arms, lean out your legs, and lift and firm your booty (who doesn’t?!), you will love this program!


Can you believe these changes- in just 6 weeks?! Are you ready to start yours?

What is Barre Blend?

Watch the Video on it here!

This 6 week program has 40 full-body workouts that include high-rep, small-range movements and isometric holds, as well as compound, full-range exercises, targeted core work, and dynamic stretches. And every 30- to 40-minute workout includes light weight training and cardio intervals to keep your heart rate up so you can burn maximum calories and fat.

Barre Blend requires no dance or ballet experiences and is perfect for all fitness levels. Start by following the modifier or kick it up a notch with weights and bands. You won’t believe the amazing workout you get from a “low impact” workout.

And this program also focuses on strengthening your mind! This program comes with “I AM” daily motivation cards to help you cultivate a positive mindset every day.

Here is what is included:

-2 prep workouts to introduce you to the program

-40 unique workouts - there are 4 phases with 5 workouts in each. Elise ups the intensity every 2 weeks!

-5 Bonus workouts- these 10 minute workouts up the intensity and target specific body parts

-3 Recovery Workouts

- I AM Daily Motivation Cards- Elise pulls one of these cards before each workout and bases the workout on the card. You can use them yourself to stay motivated through the program- and even use them in your morning routine!

Who is Elise Joan?

You might remember Elise Joan, the creator of Barre Blend, from 3 Week Yoga Retreat! She is a former professional dancer and has taught exercise classes for over a decade. She loves to incorporate mind/body training (hence the I AM cards and daily affirmations!). She is known for her positive, joy filled teaching style and has appeared on Lifetime Television, ABC News, CBS News, and more! Her passion for this workout shines through- you are going to love her!

Important Dates:

November 25- Sample Workout Available!

December 3- (Coaches exclusive!) Barre Blend available for purchase with an exclusive peak at the first 10 workouts! 

December 16- Barre Blend available for purchase

January 3- Barre Blend Day 1!

*Between December 16 and January 3 we will be following a prep calendar to prepare for day 1!*

What equipment is required?

Light dumbbells are required- 1 - 5 pounds should be good for most people. These are very high rep exercises so low weight is perfect!

Loops and barre socks are optional!

What support will I have?

I will be hosting a test group right inside the monthly challenge groups to motivate and support all the women who join me! We'll create a little community and cheer each other on. It's just amazing and so effective!

Since this is a test group, it will be the first time anyone has done these workouts! I cannot wait to experience this program together and see everyone’s results!

What packages are there?

For New Customers:

For Existing BOD Members:

I always recommend the Deluxe packages- especially with a program like this where you will be SORE. Having Recover will help you function the next day- and allow you to give your next workout 100% And Energize- well I can’t live without it!

I also highly recommend the MEGA pack this time! It is a great way to get everything you need- plus you can even try out our newest Plant Based Beachbars! The Mega pack also includes a 3 Day Refresh, so you can start off on the right foot after the holidays! The Refresh is SO good!

My favorite add ons: 

If you don’t get the mega pack, these are my favorite products that will be on sale!

I am so excited to do this program with you! Make sure that you have filled out this form to be kept up to date! I will be sending out the sample workout as soon as it is available and an order form!

Ready for the Barre?

Friday, November 29, 2019

Teacher budget x 2 in the house!

Since Marshall and I are both teachers, we do our best to stick to a solid budget and be really intentional on how we spend our money.  (OK - truth - kinda intentional.  It's my fantasy life to actually SAVE money for big things. Actually, it's a big dream to just need an accountant - but I digress...  I have it all in my head for now. Baby steps.)

By not hitting Caribou or Starbucks every day and bringing our lunch from home - we are able to spend the money on more significant experiences. But that still doesn't mean I want to spend tons of flexible income on our groceries.  I mean, let's face it. Groceries can be boring.  I just don't get excited to buy another bag of frozen chicken like I do a new pair of boots. So I try to figure out how  my family can eat REALLY well but not break the bank.

I'm not saying that we should eat on a college student budget. Endless Totino's party pizzas, 10 cent ramen, and good old kraft mac and cheese are not necessary (though if you can handle the sodium bomb - there is a special place in my heart for all three of these things...)

OK - Real talk here too. We spend SO much money on health insurance and saving for retirement. Why is it OK to "save money" at the grocery store by buying packaged food instead of splurging on the Honeycrisp apples or a solid steak? Eating those packaged foods do NOTHING for our health and nutrition. I mean - I'd like to ensure that I can enjoy the vacations I take in retirement pain-free. Investing in our day to day food and fitness is even more important in my opinion and eating well is something we ALL can do right now to feel strong and vibrant.

So in the last 3 years, I have learned so much through my own practice and coaching others to do this - I thought I'd share my top money saving tips for you today!

1. Plan.

I talk about this in my "Meal Prep is Not a Monster" Post. It doesn't need to be a big plan, but purchasing only things you don't have or avoiding waste in ingredients is a money saving must!

Planning also helps you eat out less. You aren't as tempted to stop for expensive non-nutritious fast food if you have a pound of chicken waiting to go in the oven! A lot of time, the problem with grabbing something quick isn't from not having anything to cook - it's not knowing what you are going to make when you get home.

2. Be honest

Really think about what you will and won't actually eat. Buying 3 bags of bagged salad for lunch is a great idea! Unless you only eat salad once or you don't eat the whole bag. Then you are just wasting great produce and tossing dollar bills down the drain. Portioning my food really helped me gauge how much I really need. So for example - 1 bagged salad is 3 lunches for me! And for goodness sake don't buy a whole cart of fruit either (unless you have teenagers) You can't eat it all before it goes bad! Trust me on this!

3. Use the sales - but not in excess.

I like to buy the one or 2 fruits that are on sale that week (see #2) and try to plan some meat choices around the sale prices as well. (Meat is often the most expensive item, so it's a good strategy to start with.)  It totally pays to grab a few extra containers of fresh meat when it's on clearance because you can put it in the freezer! Then in future weeks, you have it on hand to plan  out with.Watch for buying too much, though.  Things get lost in the freezer and pantry.  And just because a boxed product is on sale - if it wasn't on your plan - you don't need it!

4. Shop online -

Shopping online keeps me away from the physical bags of cookies and licorice.  I have a lot of willpower in my jammies drinking coffee in my chair after I've eaten a full breakfast.  Those little photos of treats are much easier to ignore than the crinkly bags on the endcap!

*And let's not even mention if you do your grocery shopping at Target! Sweaters and home goods and books, Oh MY! #targetrun*

You also can look at what you have on hand in the moment. Do I have enough bread for the week? I can look instead of buying another loaf "just in case"

Another thing I will do, is set my budget for the week for about $100. Then when I've put all of my things in the cart - I look to see if there is anything I actually don't need and delete.  Like the extra box of saltines when soup isn't on the list that week!

5. Invest in the really good stuff - 

You don't need organic expensive everything, but there are some things to keep in mind when making choices.  Check out the "Clean 15" and "Dirty Dozen" produce lists. Google them as they are often changing.  The FDA does a list based on farming practices and testing. This will tell you which items you might want to consider organic and which you can get the regular.

Frozen veggies rock! Frozen vegetables are often picked at peak and frozen so they actually are better than fresh during some seasons.  Save the money and the mold by picking up frozen bags! I like broccoli and cauliflower florets the best! So easy!

Supplements and vitamins are not all equal.  You might love an inexpensive protein shake or multivitamin, but do you know and trust that it's really full of ingredients you can be proud to put in your body? Are the vitamins going to be absorbed properly? Where were the ingredients sourced and are there hidden sugars? (Gummy vitamins anyone?) I personally invest a little extra to get my vitamin and protein all in one - but end up saving when I'm not purchasing all of the suppliments separately.  I also appreciate that I'm not taking more pills because I hate swallowing them! Unfortunately, our food just doesn't contain all the nutrition we really need so some form of supplementation is what most who understand their body does. Make sure it's not just the cheap generic without doing some research!

Friends, sometimes you gotta buy the good steak or portobello mushrooms if meat isn't your thing. Try to get it on sale, but when we say we want to lose weight happily - REALLY good ingredients make a happier food experience.

I hope this helped you figure out a way to save a few dollars this week! If you haven't downloaded my free Win the Week Guide - it has my favorite meal plan included to try right away!  If you HAVE downloaded it, are you in the Stronger with Joy Facebook Community? I posted another one in there this week that's perfect for fall! There is also a post for money saving tips from the group!

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

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