For the last two weeks, I have had “write a blog entry” on my daily to-do list. I finally asked myself why I have stopped making blogging a priority. Was it finally time to be like Elsa and let it go? Even though my writing has diminished to twice a month, I am still an avid blogger in my mind. :) For now, I am going to try to keep on going, but giving myself an ultimatum. If I don’t get better by June, its time to say good bye!
Recapping March, I did pretty well on the health front. My appointment at the end of the month was very successful. The doctor didn’t even hint that I should be on blood pressure medication as my reading was wonderful. For the most part, the headaches are gone and I have much more energy. She did say I was dehydrated which comes as no surprise since I can’t stand water. Still looking for hacks to help me with my water consumption. I’ve tried apps, trying to drink a cup on even hours of the day and getting a fancy water bottle. Still riding front seat on the struggle bus.
As far as finances go, I have been horrendous! It seems like March was a constant shed of money, both planned and unplanned. I can still make my goals for the year if I get it together NOW! I have decided to jump start my rededication to savings by attempting a 10 day “no spending” fast. Similar to a detox, I am hoping to reset my mind and focus on savings again! Yesterday was the first day and I almost blew it. We had an extremely hectic morning. 1pm rolled around and we hadn’t eaten lunch. My daughter was on the verge of having a meltdown so I stopped at a cafe to feed her. Luckily I remember I had a gift card and used that to purchase our lunch. Meltdown averted!
The one rule for my mini-fast is simple: do not spend any money using debt or credit cards. Let’s see how I do!
Day 1 – April 4
Money spend: $0
Our tanks are on full and there are plenty of groceries. I am actually excited to use this opportunity to clean out the pantry a little bit! Lets see how we do!
Where on earth did I go for about a month? Sadly, no place fun. I ended up catching a nasty flu that knocked me out for about a week towards the middle of February. After much of the symptoms were gone, I noticed I was still feeling exhausted and had a residual headache. Everyday seemed like a struggle to wake up and move. I reached out to my doctor for an appointment, but she was booked until the end of March. (I really need a new physician, but she’s really good!) I made the appointment, but knew I had to make some changes in order to feel better.
So, I decided to that March was going to be health month! The results I want include: Get blood pressure under control, gain more energy and lose 5 lbs. How I plan I achieve those results were simple:
- Work out at least 4 days a week, but preferably 6 days a week.
- Eat better. And I do mean WAY better!
- Drink water. (I can’t tell you how much I hate drinking water!)
I found this great free app “my fitness pal” and immediately started using it. It took a little while to figure out what my exact calorie intake should be so that I wasn’t starving myself. It has been wonderful. I am learning so much about what is in the food I eat. I also joined the local YMCA on a “join for free” weekend and avoided a $100 start up fee. Yes, the budget-conscious girl is still alive and well! The Y has been definitely interesting. The classes are hit or miss depending on the instructor. I have yet to venture into the equipment room as I have no idea where to even begin on machines. But I love that everyone is friendly! As for drinking water, the struggle is real! I have been at it for 17 days and I have way more energy! My headaches are gone and my blood pressure has been consistently in a healthier range. Best of all, I feel 100% better!
Hopefully, I’ll do a better job at keeping this up-to-date now that I am feeling better!
My last no spending day was 2/11 which made for day number 7 for the month. And then it all went down hill from there.
Thursday was an unfortunate day. I spent the whole day running late which placed me in a panic mood. The day started with me being 30 minutes late to an 8:00am meeting. Yeah. Because of a major deadline, I ended up leaving work late and picking up my son 6 minutes after the 3pm cut off. I would have made it if it wasn’t for an accident on the road. So there went $6 wasted. Being late to pick up my son meant I was late picking up my daughter and rushed to get to 4pm swimming. All the while I was driving with literally no gas! I finally decided to pull over at the first station I saw and get $17.21 worth of over-priced gas.
Then the weekend happened. Each day, I somehow found myself at Target. Yes, I went to Target on Friday, Saturday and Sunday buying, exchanging and buying again. General summary of all my shopping: 2 pairs of pants and 3 shirts for myself, groceries for the week, taekwondo gear for my daughter, shoes for my son, clothes for my daughter, lunch with my best friend, turbo tax fees and Starbucks. Most of the items I had budgeted to purchase, but I went about $100 over my shopping budget. And I still need to get my son a bike for his birthday! This is a typical pitfall I stumble upon. Once I start wiping the debit and credit cards, my budget goes out the window. I have no self control when it comes to stopping the “blood shed” once I start swiping away. Damn you President’s Day weekend sales! Fortunately I have to work tomorrow so my no spending should return.
How did the rest of you do this weekend? Hopefully much better than me!