Week 17 and it’s gonna be….

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Courtesy of 90’s 411

Sorry…as a product of the 90’s I can’t NOT make this joke.

General Health

Man…when I’m down, I am DOWN. Week 17’s WW mantra was to be kind to yourself and treat yourself as you would a friend on the same journey. I’m hard on myself. I am mad when I don’t accomplish my goals and even more mad when it’s because I am getting in my own way.

I DONATED BLOOD ON WEDNESDAY. So I’ve stayed on track with that side goal holla. I always feel better doing things that are for the greater good even though I hate needles. I was stabbed a total of 6 times last week between birth control, allergy shots, and blood donation.

My diet was a battle as we managed to get 4 boxes of Insomnia Cookies for Administrative Professionals Day (aka my bosses like me more than your bosses like you day) and I have very little control around baked goods. I also ate a LOT of barbecue so I bet weigh in is going to be rough.

Handling this new StepBet well still. 2 weeks down, 4 more to go!

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 82(as of 4/28) /120 

Well…..at this point I would have to go to the gym every day between now and July 1 so I think I may have to shift this from July 2016 – August 2017 :( I’m going to keep going and keep trucking to do the best I can but it’s not looking great.

Be Creative
I’ve been knitting AND journaling again. I always get to work early so I’ve just been jotting a few lines down before work hubbub starts. It feels good to try.

I’m still reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck” by Mark Manson and loving it.

I’ve also taken to listening to podcasts instead of music at work and I’m finding it helpful. Personal finance, comedy, and personal growth seem to be my podcast genres.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I threw $61.40 in there just to get myself up to an even $700 by the end of April.

Frugal AF
Man, I’m just trying. I slip up here and there on food but at least they’re small. I need to find new breakfast options as I am starting to loathe oatmeal (again) and have fallen prey to the breakfast buffet downstairs because bacon. My budget gets blown one bacon at a time.

I’ve been listening to some personal finance podcasts and find them helpful:

Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn

Radical Personal Finance with Joshua Sheats

Mortgage: $700/$1,000

$300 by the end of June? I hope I can make that work in 2 months!!

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
I have one more free training with our insurance company and I have not been doing my license stuff. I told you when I’m down I’m DOWN

Learning About Annuities
We’re not getting far with these and it’s a little annoying.

Blog Goals

What Do You Like About This?
Got any feedback? Is there a particular thing you like about my weekly updates? Are they motivating or whiny? Lemme know

Weekly Updates
Doin’ the damn thing.

WEEK 15 – HAPPY SPRING,YA’LL

6am. Monday morning. Trying desperately to get back on the gym game.

General Health

I was only down .2 this week but that’s still better than a gain and probably most certainly has nothing to do with the amount of pizza I ate. I’m not excited about weigh-in tonight because I was not good…including one day that I ate 100 points! Yikes!

I’m not gonna lie – I’m having a REALLY hard time getting back into the groove of my 6am workouts and normal life.

GYM July 2016 – June 2017: 78(as of 4/11) /120 

Be Creative
I did a lot of knitting when I went to my dad’s in Delaware this weekend.

Financial Goals

Pay Down Some Mortgage
I did not work toward this goal this week. I’ve been doing well but this week was a rough one financially so that didn’t happen and here’s why:

Frugal Fail of the Week
I went for my allergy shot on Wednesday and tried to stop by a new local coffee shop to try them on the way…..they were cash only. I don’t carry cash. So I figure I’ll just go to Starbucks instead along the way. I’m out of money on the app so I have to reload….and the reload minimum is $25. I go stand in the first Starbucks and a barista looks in the eye but does not acknowledge me and keeps holding a conversation with another barista. I count to 30 and walk out because I HATE THAT SHIT. I try to go to the other Starbucks closer to my doctor and they are closed because they can’t make coffee.

I get to work and sitting on my desk is a coupon for free coffee and pastry from Au Bon Pain. What a freaking waste of $25. SHAME.

Mortgage: $638.60/$1,000

Professional Goals

Continuing Education Credits for Health License
This thing called “tax season” should finally be behind me for the year and I can get a little breathing room to do this.

Learning About Annuities
Still waiting for that next session to come around

Blog Goals

A Comment! 
Shout out to David Carlson from Young Adult Money for taking the time to read last week’s post and comment! I read a lot of YAM and his comment reminded me that I need to be better about commenting [thoughtfully] on the blogs that I read more often.

Weekly Updates
I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting bad again about actually updating each section of this update. Stop it, me! You’re better than that!

And with this I pose a random question to you:
Have you ever had someone help you with your cover letter, resume, or job hunt? Was it free help or paid? Tell me about it please!

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.

FitBit Charge HR 2

#TealTuesday 5 Ways to Stay Motivated with FitBit

FitBit Charge HR 2
FitBit Charge HR 2

I live in a teal world.  They know me here.  Look, it was a pretty easy selling point that it was teal but it ALSO keeps me on track with fitness AND money goals!  This is now my third style of FitBit after the original charge gave me skin rashes and I lost my Fitbit One when it came off my yoga pants in an Uber  – I’ve had the FitBit Charge 2 for 4 months now and have had no issues!

Click here to be my friend on FitBit!  Let’s get in a step challenge and shit talk like a teenager in Call of Duty (without the racial slurs of course)

5 Awesome Apps That Work with FitBit

In honor of our 5th week of #TealTuesday

StepBet
ICYMI: 2 weeks ago I signed up for a StepBet Challenge that started yesterday that I bet $40 and should get that back AND THEN SOME! which will all be calculated by my FitBit.  The pot is currently at $26,520 with 663 participants and last night I met one of my stretch goals so I’m on this.

There is a similar app called Pact but they are currently having integration issues with my FitBit…so we’lll see what’s up with that in the future!

Achievemint
I use Achievemint to earn for fitness for free- link your fitness and social media apps to earn!  Sign up with my link and earn 250 points. You can earn points for logging through connected apps, posting health-related tweets, or checking in to healthy locations!

MyFitnessPal
I like that MyFitnessPal (MFP) links to my FitBit and then I get some more calories back to eat!  As of today I’m on my 51st day of logging which is probably my longest streak to date since I did Weight Watchers in 2012.  The key to health is eating mostly right and moving your ass and this app helps with that.

Walgreens Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices
Walgreens will let you link your FitBit (and other apps) to your Walgreens balance rewards so you can earn cash back for steppin’ it up!  I’ve got about $10 sitting in there right now and I usually just cash it out in $5 or $10 increments whenever I see it.  It’s basically free money back for having a FitBit!

higi
If you have seen a blood pressure station at a Rite Aid or Walgreens it’s probably a higi station.  This is how i weigh myself because I don’t keep a scale in my house and it links to my FitBit.  Honestly, the rewards for higi really suck but I like that I have to go to these to weigh in – kind of like my own ghetto Weight Watchers but without the meetings.

What do you use your FitBit or other tracker for?  Has it been beneficial?

 

I Was Bad Last Week…This Week Will Be Better

With the move being all ridiculous and messing up my plans, my life has been a complete shit show.  Half of my crap is packed up, I have no groceries, and I’ve been going out more because I have no food at home and my apartment really sucks now that everything is packed up.

But First, Something Awesome:
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Finally hit my goal!  I have 6 weeks of Maintenance with Weight Watchers and then it’s free.  It feels really weird to no longer be in weight loss mode and on the maintenance track…but I’ll take the extra 6 points per day (that uhh I’ve def already been eating anyway haha) but this is happening.  There’s no going back.  8 years of hard work, dedication, and lifestyle changes.  Feels good, man.

Now on to the lame things….

Final Numbers for Surgery
As mentioned before, I will need to pay for an important sinus surgery out of pocket and they said it would be around $5,000.  It’s actually $7,000.  I already put down the $1,500 deposit on it, so now I have until October 8th to to work on getting the $5,000 for the hospital and then I can make monthly payments of $100 to the doctor for the remaining $1,500 of her fee.  Awesome.

Extra Income Ideas:
I’m coming up with a gameplan on how to get extra income for this.  I am pretty much out of shit to sell and now need other ways to supplement.  I already started a few of these this week
TaskRabbit.com
So I’ve done 2 tasks so far and have another one after work today.  After today’s I will have made $99 for about 5 hours of work.  $19 an hour ain’t too shabby!
Swagbucks.com
Okay, not sure how much I talk about Swagbucks…but I love it.  It’s something that I just keep running on my laptop all day and listen to the SBTV while I’m working.  At home, I just mindlessly click while reading or watching TV.  Basically you watch stuff, take surveys, look at offers, play games, yadda yadda and collect points that can be used for giftcards and stuff.  I was a casual user from January until last month and just redeemed points for my first $25 amazon gift card…which I used to buy adult self improvement books.  I can continue to get amazon cards or can also get gas cards, target, cvs, etc.

Here are some things that I need to do this week to get back on track:
1. Buy Groceries
I’ve been eating out a lot more and have been making lame choices.  So I’m going to go at least by some Smart Ones Frozen Dinners and stuff so I can have things at home
2. Finish Packing and Move
This is the only way I’ll be able to get my life back in order.  I’ve been so stuck since the move rescheduling and it will really be helpful to finally get out of my neighborhood.
3. Work out
I haven’t done anything exercise-y since Tuesday and I think that may also be part of why I feel so rundown and crappy.  I need to remember to squeeze something – even if it’s only 5-10 minutes of yoga – into each day.  Get that stretch on

Another Gain!!!

Up 1.8 this week.  But today there was an interesting discussion during my meeting where our leader, John, said that you don’t have to weigh in if the number on the scale will deter you from coming to meetings.  You can just come in, pay for the meeting, and come back next week!  I’m not really down with that, I like having the accurate week-to-week.  John also said that he needs to check with everyone about their goal weights.

So my goal weight was 135.  And I’ve been yo-yoing between 138-140 since June.  It’s starting to really bum me out and discourage me, feeling like I will never get down to 135.  And what makes it an even bigger deal…is I’m not so sure I want to get down that far.  I feel like I’m at a healthy, normal weight right now and honestly am afraid that getting down to 135 will just mean losing more boob weight and not really making a vast difference.  I’m okay with the weight I’m at and the only thing stressing me out is a stupid number for Weight Watchers so I can be Lifetime and not have to pay every week.  It’s stupid.

On that note….I already ate my 10point brunch and I’m still hungry >:C I have some fruit to munch on but I’m stuck at work for 4 hours and 45 minutes.

>:C   >:C   >:C 

Another Week of Awesome?

Since my schedule isn’t the Monday through Friday nine to five, Mondays don’t really feel like Mondays to me.  I guess you could say they’re more like my Friday…and yet I always feel like I need to finish out my main-job-work-week strong because everyone else is just getting started!  

My week has been kind of thrown for a loop with the passing of my good friend Jeff’s father, Steven Rosen.  He was an incredibly good man that I had the honor of meeting at Jeff’s wedding last month and I’ll be driving down to Maryland to pay my respects on Wednesday.

I guess we’ll start with yesterday since that was the beginning of another week of awesome – Can I finish out this month so strong?  Here’s how I’m already doing and it’s only Monday:
1. Saving money
Sooo I have not been the best with this.  I went out Saturday, I bought some possibly unnecessary groceries yesterday, and today I bought Five Guys….but more on that in the Weight Loss goal.
I already know I will have to buy another tank of gas and will most likely buy some food in Maryland, but there isn’t much to be done about that.  I’ll try to make it cheap and stick to minimal beverages.

2. Moving
Talked to the landlady briefly today and she said she would call me back…and of course she did not.  I will call her tomorrow and tell her if I’m going to pay for the whole month of August I will want the keys August 1st.  She knows that I’m not fully moving until mid-month so I think that’s why she’s slacking….and I really don’t care as long as I get my keys August 1st.
I’m donating a bunch of art supplies and a shelf to Philadelphia Art Alliance for the kids’ programming they’ll be starting in the fall.  That will clear out a large portion of my back room!  I’ll also be taking a round of donation stuff to the Goodwill on the way to Maryland tomorrow.  Just keep trimming the fat!

3. Weight Loss
So this morning I was feeling super unfocused and weird…then I realized that I haven’t eaten like any meat since Wednesday.  Since I have been craving Five Guys for almost two weeks now…I decided it was time to do that.  Yeah, it was most of my points for the day….it was so worth it.
I made sure to go to bootcamp tonight because it would bring my activity points up!  And it did.  And I feel badass.  I just want to be able to do one full pushup though.  Maybe that’s my August goal!

4. Thesis
I WORKED ON THIS YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!!!!
I hammered out decoding a bunch of the surveys and printed some stuff.  If I can finish all of the surveys by the end of this month, I will consider this goal fairly pimp-handed.

So I’m already doing rather well!  I have to watch my food intake since I know I will have a few poor eating days.  I’ll save some cash by not eating so terribly.

Send me your good vibes!  Let me know what you’re struggling with and I’ll knock some back at ya.

3.8lbs. That’s it. And 4 Days Left of the Month.

So Saturdays are my Weight Watchers Weigh In Days.  I lost 3.4lbs this week which means:

I AM ONLY 3.8 FREAKING POUNDS AWAY FROM LIFETIME STATUS!

I only have 2 weeks worth of weigh in coupons left, so I am really going to amp up my game so I hit lifetime just as my coupons run out so I won’t have to pay!  My weight loss and saving money goals for the month will be most appreciative.

So I said on Sunday that this week would be awesome.  It turns out that my positive energy and perseverance have paid off and this week was, in fact, totally fucking awesome.

So there are only 4 days left in the month and I’m sure I’ll post something Wednesday or Thursday about how my goals have gone.  I have to say that I feel really accomplished in 3 out of the 4….but my thesis goal is definitely lacking.  I hope that I can take some time this week to do something so I can feel like I made progress there too.  We’ll see how it goes.

 

You All Need To Know That Today Is Awesome

I know that all of those words don’t need to be capitalized….but I just think it looks better.

It turns out I am either able to see the future or I’m just awesome and getting things done when I stay positive.

Today I finally met with the landlady and filled something out and she said there will be a lease tomorrow.  We talked for a little bit, nice lady!  She apologized for being so scatterbrained and now everything’s good.

I am moving:
Tuesday, August 13th.

That is how much time I have to pack all of my shit, get rid of unnecessary shit, and get a bunch of little shit over into the new apartment so as not to waste Mambo Movers’ time.

I’m just going to throw this out there: paying for movers is okay.  Movers don’t strain friendships…or backs…and you don’t have to buy them beer or pizza afterwards.  And most importantly: they can do it fast because they know how to fit shit into trucks and then through tiny halls.  They won’t break your shit.  Or your walls.  And it won’t take a billion hours.

This goal is chugging along.  I just got so excited that I packed two boxes!

I also totally did a Core Fitness Bootcamp on the Art Museum Stairs which really rocks out my weight loss goal!  I wish there was a better way for me to calculate the points for it because my calculations make it only to have been 6 activity points….but man it felt like more than that!  Oh well,  now that I’m home I’ll pack some more shit up!  I’ve eaten really well today and still have 5 points left.  My goal this week is to only eat activity points and not touch my extra 49 since the weeks that I don’t touch those are the weeks I lose!  LIFETIME STATUS I’M COMING FOR YOU!