Saturday, May 28, 2011

Shopping Adventures!

I have to say that I love Nordstrom Rack. It also helps that since my husband works in the Nordstrom credit office, I get a 20% discount.  $307 retail value and I only paid $40.97.

Check what I got yesterday:

CJ by Cookie Johnson Pants - Retail $150, Paid $9.99

Sejour Beaded Top, Retail $68 - Paid $11.98

Steve Madden Gladiator Sandals - Retail $89, Paid $19

Friday, May 27, 2011

Busting Diet Myths

I feel like I have been on a roller coaster ever since I decided to try to eat "normal food" and eat a "normal diet". I have been operating under some myths that I want to address over the next few weeks.

Myth #1: I must learn how to eat anything but in moderation.

A few years ago, I read a book called "Potatoes Not Prozac: A Natural Seven-Step Dietary Plan to Stabilize the Level of Sugar in Your Blood, Control Your Cravings and Lose Weight, and Recognize How Foods Affect the Way You Feel."  This book as the first I had heard of sugar sensitivity and people having addictions to sugar.  While I don't suffer from depression, I realized that I when I ate sugar and carbs, I just craved more sugar and carbs.  This frustrated me because I wanted to be able to eat whatever I want, just in moderation.  Completely cutting out sugar, candy and ice cream was just not something that I was willing to do.  I told myself I would rather be fat and happy then never be able to enjoy anything again.  However that doesn't change the fact that my body does not respond "normally" to sugar and carbs.

In order for me to be successful with weight loss and health in general, I must minimize the amount of sugar and carbs I eat.  I do have PCOS and there are many people that are moving to low carb diets for the treatment of PCOS.  40% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome) and 10% get type 2 diabetes.  This is a very good interview done by Jimmy Moore of The Livin La Vida Low Carb Show with Dr. Daniel Jones, A Type 1 Diabetic Radiologist, about how low carb eating helps diabetes & blood sugar:


In summary, I have busted the myth that I need to learn how to eat all things in moderation.  There are some things that I just can't eat!  I can't eat sugar and high carb foods.  They cause me to crave more and can make my PCOS worse and have certainly led to me being overweight.

Also, don't forget to get in your entry for the $50 Ebates drawing!  Details here!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pure Protein Blueberry Crumb Cake Bar

I just had this bar for breakfast and my goodness it is tasty! It has 190 calories, 5 g fat, 19 g carbs, 19 g protein, so a bit higher on carbs than I aim for but completely doable since my shake this morning had only 4 g carbs. The best part is my grocery store has the Pure Protein bars on sale for 10 for $10 and I had 33 coupons for $1 off 2 bars. I bought 66 bars for $33 or $.50 each. Score! I am excited to try the other flavors and I will let you know how they are.  Please note that if you do try the Pure Protein bars, the calories and carb counts vary greatly from flavor to flavor. So make sure you read labels always!

Also, don't forget to get in your entry for the $50 Ebates drawing!  Details here!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Enter to win a $50 drawing from just for my blog readers! is sponsoring a $50 drawing for the readers of my blog! No purchases necessary to enter, details are below.

As you all know, my husband and I have been trying to save money & pay off debt so we can buy a house. I have been looking into ways to save money on my diet products, I recently starting couponing & I love finding deals online.  I am a long time fan of Ebates because they give you cashback for online shopping.  Also, you can get coupon codes for bigger discounts, free shipping, etc. for a lot of retailers from

These are the deals on Ebates I have used recently.  They have so many partnerships, I search Ebates before I buy anything online.  It is a no brainer - why turn away free money?

My Recent Deals:
1. 20% cashback for orders from - Great for last minute Mother's day flowers. 
2. 1-4% cashback on eBay purchases - I buy tons on eBay, so even a smaller cashback amount adds up!
3. 5% cashback on Nordstom purchases
4. 8% cashback on Snapfish picture orders
5. 6% cashback at Barns & Noble

MEDIFAST USERS: You can get 5% cashback on your Medifast purchases, plus they have coupon codes for $50 off $275 order or $25 off $150 order.  

How To Enter:
Email with your Ebates User ID and a winner will be selected on 5/30/2011.  

No purchase is necessary to win, you just need to be an Ebates member.  If you are not an Ebates member, you will need to sign up using my referral link:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Couponing with Cody!

One of my new guilty pleasures is TLC's Extreme Couponing so I decided to give it a try.  I live in a 1 bedroom apartment and am not a hoarder, so my "extreme couponing" will be much less extreme. On my first attempt, my total came to $76.56 and after coupons and my store card, I only paid $28.39!  I bought the coupons on eBay for $5.24, so my total savings was $42.93.  What did I get for $28.39?

18 Tony's Frozen Pizzas
Retail Price: $1.69 each
After in store sale & coupons: $0.50 each

10 EAS Myoplex Nutrition Bars
Retail Price: $2.49 each
After in store sale and coupons: $0.99 each

10 Zone Perfect Bars:
Retail Price: $1.25 each
After in store sale and coupons: FREE

Plus I got some Carbmaster Yogurts & Milk on sale.

How to Find the Good Deals:

1. Go to and register for an account
2. Click on Grocery Deals by State
3. Scroll to your State and Pick your store. A new list will appear as a pop-up window. Grocery Store lists are updated on Wednesday.
4. Sort the list by highest percent saved and select the deals you want.

Acquiring Coupons:
If you save coupons, the first column of the list called "Cpn. Out" tells you what circular it came from. Since I don't have any coupons saved, I head over to eBay. One of the deals I saw recently was for Zone Perfect nutrition bars for free. I searched on eBay for "Zone Bar Coupon" and found someone selling 10 of them. I also looked at what other items they were selling and compared it to my list. I also found the same seller was selling 9 of the frozen pizza coupons. I contacted the seller to see if she would combine shipping & while she wouldn't, she sent me 10 $1 off any EAS Myoplex product. Score! also has lists for national stores and drugstores. I saw that Wal-Mart has Nivea Body Wash for $3 and saw that there is a coupon for $3 off, making the Body Wash free. So I headed over to eBay to buy coupons. These coupons were more expensive - I spent $15.94 for 20 coupons for body wash. Since I am getting the body wash for free, it is still a great deal at only $0.80 per body wash.

I am going to start getting a Sunday paper and saving my coupon inserts to cut down on the number of coupons I need to buy. Couponmom has a great video about how to save and organize your Sunday coupon inserts here.