WEEK 12 IN THE BOOKS

General Health

Here’s how I’m doing with March FitCamp!  :

  1. Respect nutrition –I rejoined Weight Watchers this week and have been trying to get used to the new SmartPoints system as it’s different than the PointsPlus I did last time.  The meal on the left is 10 SmartPoints…and I only get 30 per day.  Luckily, the FitPoints are a lot easier to obtain so I’m able to eat almost double my points thanks to WW sycing with my FitBit!
  2. Do one legitimate straight-leg pushup – I’m noticing that the first 3 on-knee pushups suck a lot less when I do pushups but I’m still not very good.
  3. Beat last month’s 13 days at the gym –BOOM! I was at 15 as of 3/24

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 65(as of 3/21) /120 

 

Be Creative
I learned how to frog and am back on track with my scarf!  I also now have all the yarn I will need for my next project thanks to someone offloading a bunch from KnitPicks for $8

I picked up Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide To Thriving In The Age of Accelerations at the library and I think it will come in handy for blogging!

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I was only able to put another $25 in this week but I still put it in!  Telling you all about my weekly progress on this is keeping me motivated to suck it up and throw the money in.

Frugal as Fuck
I feel like every day is a struggle not to spend!  I put $149.95 down on Weight Watchers this week but it will eventually be reimbursed by my health insurance which is a win!

I spent $33 on WW-friendly foods at Aldi and have a good pack of fruits and veggies for work tomorrow!

Mortgage: $556.50/$1,000

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I’m officially the worst when it comes to working on my CE – work has been busy!  It’s kind of a good thing!

Learning About Annuities
This got pushed to the end of the month…..sigh.

Blog Goals

Why The Fuck Are You Reading This?
I don’t know either!  I hope to wade through my drafts at some point and pull some more sideposts weekly but who knows!

Weekly Updates
Well I’m posting at least once a week

WEEK 11 RECAP – I Did Nothing for St. Patty’s Day. Holllaaaa

General Health

Here’s how I’m doing with March FitCamp!  :

  1. Respect nutrition – I’ve been eating a lot of oatmeal and trying to stay right buuuuut there were lots of pizza slices and cookies this week
  2. Do one legitimate straight-leg pushup – I’ve been able to up my hand weights from 5lb to 8lb and can now do about 3 knee push ups.  PROGRESS!  I FEEL IT!
  3. Beat last month’s 13 days at the gym – I’m at 10 as of Friday!  I’m going to try to break this record this very week!

It was really difficult to stay on track for the StepBet this week with all that snow!  It makes me so lethargic.  On Tuesday I ended up working from home and spent the last hour of my day jogging in place and walking around the block to knock out the last 4,000 steps before bed.  Rest day can’t be Tuesday!

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 61(as of 3/19) /120 HALFWAY MARK! WOOO!!  Think I can do 59 more by the end of June?  

Be Creative
I messed up in my scarf this week and was unable to make knitting circle….so that is on hold until I can get help to “frog” a few lines and get in.  I know where I messed up and tried to just keep knitting….but it’s an eyesore now and I feel like I won’t be happy with the finished product unless I take the time to fix it.  Sooooo I’m going to fix it!

I picked up Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide To Thriving In The Age of Accelerations at the library and I think it will come in handy for blogging!

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
Another $100 went into Principal!  I’m not fucking around.

Frugal as Fuck
I loaded up one of my desk drawers with oatmeal and oatmeal essentials so I always have a post-gym breakfast.  Or an emergency lunch. And a backup bag of coffee.  

As you can see, I also use painter’s tape and a sharpie to label things – I do this in the kitchen too.  It’s a cheap labeling system that doesn’t leave sticker residue on anything.

The boyfriend and I had a pleasantly cheap weekend – we walked to the grocery store Saturday to get a week’s worth of groceries and Philly AIDS Thrift on Sunday and bought nothing.  We stayed mostly indoors doing home shit and sleeping.

Mortgage: $531.50/$1,000

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
Not much CE work was done this week.  I should really get back on that before I lose momentum!

The DI seminar was cancelled due to weather.  Fuck you, weather!  I wanted to get my free learn on!

Learning About Annuities
This got pushed to the end of the month.  Boo.

Blog Goals

Why The Fuck Are You Reading This?
Still not focusing much on this AND I believe I have killed the weekly #TealTuesday posts….I will continue to post #TealTuesday stuff on my Instagram and Tumblr.

A friend once gave me the advice that i should focus on doing things rather than posting about them.  I like that so I’m going to keep on that.

Weekly Updates
I need to get better about proofreading these on Monday morning on the way to the gym before they post – sometimes when I copy/paste I miss things that make the weekly updates make less sense.  So I’m going to work on that more.

WEEK 10 Recap – Making March My Bee-awtch.

General Health

I met with a nutritionist on Thursday who said I need to incorporate more protein into my breakfasts to keep me more full and less snacky throughout the day.

I signed up for the March FitCamp!  and wrote down 3 health goals for the month of March:

  1. Respect nutrition
  2. Do one legitimate straight-leg pushup
  3. Beat last month’s 13 days at the gym – I’ve done 7 as of last Friday!

I have these written on the bulletin board at home and see them every morning on my way out the door.  I’m doing a few different things to help with upper body that I’ll go over throughout the month!

My payout for the last StepBet was a whopping $7.70 on top of my $40 bet – not bad for basically free money for walking! I joined a new one – Fitbit for Weight Loss: Lucky Steppers (you need to download the app and then search for Lucky Steppers) and it’s in the first week which is what I will call the “whatever week” where people join and drop out and nothing really matters

Megan urged us to write 3 goals for the month of March and I will update you on those soon!

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 56(as of 3/9) /120

Be Creative
I’ve been knitting! I went to knitting circle and had a good friend over yesterday for dinner and crafting on the couch.  I’m now on my third and last color on this scarf and was able to score lots of colorful yarn for $8 to make my next project: legwarmers.

I’m told I will soon have a yarn horde but glad I’m not out buying up more than I need just yet!

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I threw another $100 down on dat principal this week.

Frugal as Fuck
I went out to support South Philly Food Co-Op and only had one beer for the whopping tune of $4.  I brought my lunch every day and ate it even when I REALLY wanted the Five Dolla Holla Halal Cart

I found a way to finally pay for my Nikes – I managed to get a brand new pair of Pegasus 33’s and some workout pants for $118.80.  I bought a Nike.com giftcard from MyGiftCardsPlus through Swagbucks that gave me 500 instant SB ($5) and then used eBates to get cash back that came out to $16.80.  The shoes were originally $125 but I got the clearance colors and the pants were $60.  I then had to throw out a pair of my 11 year old Under Armour workout pants because there were just too many crotch holes.  Even when I splurge it’s on good investments that will last me awhile and be good for my health!

I earned $5 through ReceiptHog and cashed out $25.46 through JobSpotter.  And spent the weekend on the couch knitting and running Swagbucks as highlighted through Saturday’s Five Frugal Things post.

Mortgage: $431.50/$1,000

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I did work on my CE this week a little bit but it’s slow-going since I only work on it 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there.

I’m scheduled to go to a Disability Income seminar  on Wednesday that will be good for 1 CE…..weather permitting.  I’m not driving to Blue Bell in rush hour in the snow!

Learning About Annuities
This got pushed to the end of the month.  Boo.

Blog Goals

Why The Fuck Are You Reading This?
I’ve been a bit busy so I haven’t really had any chances to focus on this – and that’s okay!  I’m living life!

Weekly Updates
I’ve gone through almost the entire first quarter doing these so that’s exciting!  I’m not going to lie that I’ve run out of #TealTuesday topics and need to sit down soon and just throw a bunch of drafts down.  Honestly, pictures are the hardest part for this.

Five Frugal Things: Saturday Edition

A la The Non-Consumer Advocate:

  1. I have no plans….and that’s the best plan some weekends.  We went grocery shopping and are staying in the house while my boyfriend attempts making pho!  Our pot is not the suggested size but we are making do… wp-1489260198922.jpg
  2. I’m continuing to work on my first knitting project and I’m trying to get through the purple yarn so I can start the green!  It’s such a great activity to do and I can run Swagbucks and InboxDollars while I do it.  A great couch activity for a quiet, cold weekend.
  3. Enjoying the TV we have at the house instead of renting or going to the movies.  We do have cable and are locked in until December but we take full advantage of OnDemand and DVR.  I’ve got plenty of People’s Court and High Court to watch!
  4. I rinsed out the compost bucket with rain barrel water while that was emptying and watered our little babies – look at them grow!2017-03-11 11.02.32.jpg
  5. I’m not buying anything!  So enjoy this picture of Wallace:2017-03-11 12.45.49

Week 9 – Deuces, Feb. March is Already Awesome.

General Health

I have a meeting on Thursday with the nutritionist to discuss my fatty ways.  I’m still logging religiously on myfitnesspal  so I hope that will help in some way.

I signed up for the March FitCamp!  and am starting it today!  I noticed a huge change in stamina from February 6 to the end of last week so I’m excited to really get into March and do it up proper with the right nutrition.

My first StepBet is in the bag! – I’m now waiting to see just how much money I actually get.  StepBet keeps 25% of the pot and then the rest gets paid out to the winners…luckily, you’ll get your $40 back no matter what but I’m hoping for a few extra bucks to get some new Nikes.
I also signed up for the next challenge that starts today and my goals are a few steps lower so that’s exciting.

Megan urged us to write 3 goals for the month of March and I will update you on those soon! 

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 52(as of 3/4)  /120

Be Creative
I’ve been knitting! I went to knitting circle and had a good friend over yesterday for dinner and crafting on the couch.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I got my $250 Wells Fargo bonus and transferred that directly to the principal!  Yay!

Save Like a Motherfucker Frugal as Fuck HOLY FUCK I DID IT!
I forgot about this magical thing called a “tax return” and it was actually enough to throw into my savings….so damn, I hit that $1,000 goal!!

I did finally put out for a new pair of Nikes and a workout pant with some of my return but most of it went to savings and surgery payment.  Either way, I’m happy to have a good buffer again,

Save some of your tax return.  Put that shit away and don’t look at it.

Mortgage: $331.50/$1,000
Savings: $1000/$1000!!!!
So $2,000 towards each of these goals by June? HEY THINGS ARE TURNING AROUND!  

I think I’ll still update you on my frugal as fuck ways but will stop my saving counter.  Boom.

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I have been busy so I didn’t get to work on the CE a lot this week – but that’s okay because I still did our weekly insurance training with staff on Thursday.

Learning About Annuities
We start March 10th!

Blog Goals

Why The Fuck Are You Reading This?
I’ve been a bit busy so I haven’t really had any chances to focus on this – and that’s okay!  I’m living life!

Weekly Updates
I’ve gone through almost the entire first quarter doing these so that’s exciting!  I’m not going to lie that I’ve run out of #TealTuesday topics and need to sit down soon and just throw a bunch of drafts down.  Honestly, pictures are the hardest part for this.