Last month, I applied to be the next Mamavation Mom. Mamavation is a program created by Bookie Boo that offers women support & encouragement with their weight loss goals. On Monday, two moms will be selected to lead the way in an eight-week virtual bootcamp, with all the tools they’ll need to be successful. Part of the application process required me to jump in and start living a healthier life.
I gave up soda. I cut back on snacking. And, I began a fitness routine, led by Fit Mom in Training. I’ve made it to the final round (and could use your vote!), going from total couch potato to muscled mama. Granted, they’re tiny muscles, but I’ve come a long way in just three weeks! Since I prefer to keep it frugal, I’ve mostly gotten started with free workouts at home. I have, however, needed a few things along the way. Here are my favorite strategies for keeping it in the budget:
- Consider Alternatives – Before you make a purchase, see if you have something at home that will do the trick. I used canned goods from my grocery stockpile as hand weights for the first week or so. I also walk the house or steps in absence of a treadmill. And, I use one of the girls’ jump ropes instead of buying something for myself.
- Buy Used – Fitness equipment gets donated a lot! People buy it with the best of intentions, only to get rid of it down the road, when it becomes a dust collector. Check Goodwill, Craigslist, yard sales and Play It Again Sports for deals on fitness & sporting goods.
- Daily Deals – I’m currently enrolled in a Zumba class paid for with a recent Eversave deal! I’ve also seen gym memberships & fitness classes on Groupon, Living Social and other daily deal sites. Subscribe to the email for your area, and wait for a deal near you.
- Make a List – Start with a wishlist of items you’d like to have for your fitness goals. Then, approach any purchases the same way you would with groceries. Check the ads each week and wait for the next sale.
- Find Freebies – The best deal is always FREE! Check the library for free fitness DVDs. Ask friends if they have unwanted equipment. And, don’t forget about Freecycle or the free section on Craigslist!
I’ve spent almost nothing on my new fitness regimen so far, but I have lost a few pounds, built some actual muscles and dropped almost a full pants size. I can’t wait to see where it takes me next!
Will you please support my fitness journey with a quick vote?
About the Author: Heather Sokol is the married mother of three girls. In between carpool, grocery shopping and her new fitness routine, she shares miscellaneous mom secrets and her tricks for living inexpensively.
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