Thursday, September 17, 2009

Frugal Fitness

What are the three biggest deterrents to getting in shape and losing weight? For me, it boils down to these three: time, money, and self-discipline. I wanted to share with you all a system for losing weight and getting in shape that is really working for me at this stage of life! It's been a good system for me because it takes care of deterrents one and two: time and money. Just add a little self-discipline (I'm working on this one....), and I'm good to go!

Here are my two Most Valuable Products for getting in shape:

MVP Product #1. The 30 Day Shred DVD by Jillian Michaels.

Saves money: No expensive monthly gym membership fee required. This DVD will run you less than $12 bucks at (I used gift cards I earned from Swagbucks, so I got it free- even better!).

Saves time: The 30 Day Shred gives you a great workout in only 20 minutes per day. As a mom of toddlers, I LOVE that I can dedicate a small amount of time each day and get such an effective workout!

MVP #2. "Lose It!" App on my iPhone.

Saves money: If you already own an iPhone, this app is completely free. It's an AWESOME tool with no out-of-pocket expense!

Saves time: Lose It! allows you to set up a personal profile with your age, weight, current weight, goal weight, and desired rate of weight loss (up to 2 lbs per week). It then gives you a daily calorie "budget." You input everything you eat throughout the day and any exercise you do, and Lose It! automatically calculates how many calories you consume. If you stay under your calorie budget every day, you will lose weight at the rate of loss you have selected. Although if you're like me, it takes a mental adjustment to track everything you eat every day, this app saves SO much time and mental energy by calculating your caloric intake and calories burned through exercise every day!

Let me tell you, I am so thrilled at how this MVP line-up is working for me! After about one month, I've lost 10 lbs and am well on my way to my goal weight! It feels so great to be getting in shape and losing the weight that I've been wanting to shed!

How about all of you? Any tips for frugal fitness?


  1. I am using both of those too! even though I can't count my calories too much due to nursing. 10 lbs is great!!! i hope for that too!

  2. Good for you, 10 lbs that's great! I was thinking of purchasing the exercise DVD mentioned above after Lil' Miracle is born to add to my collection. I have a few exercise DVD's I enjoy, two being FitMama Pregnancy with Leisa Hart and the Bellytwins, Core Conditioning.