Progress, Promises & Managing My Life

Doesn’t my title sound deep & profound!!  It’s more of a matter-of-fact statement though, really.  Lately I’ve been MIA in the blogging world.  School, work, life & (unfortunately) an unhealthy YouTube obsession have occupied WAY too much of my time.

I’ve been evaluating life.  Not on a deep, spiritual, answer-to-the-universe kind of way, but more of a basic assessment.  Taking stock.  Conclusion?  Overall, stuff is good.  Health-wise I’m holding my own; I’m still stretching like I committed to but I could be more consistent.  I’m eating better as I vowed to, and I’m seeing great benefits.  Now I’ve got to address my financial life–and we all know “Medical Expense” is my middle name!  So…I’m going to work on managing what I can control and lately I haven’t been tracking ANYTHING on the financial front.  Sadly, I’ve just been spending…  I’ve even done a little (ok, a lot) of impulse spending, which is NOT my style.  Luckily, I have a great career & can absorb a little foolishness, but frankly, I’d prefer to pay my mortgage off a few years sooner & have a little stronger sense of security!  Wish I could blame somebody else….

This thought led me to my next challenge-the Get a Handle on My Budget Without Sacrificing Good Nutrition or Health challenge.   My goal is to eat healthily on $30 a week, track all of my spending & plug the holes in my budget.  Being fiscally responsible will allow me the opportunity to be better prepared IF I have another unexpected health crisis (are they EVER expected?) and also help me feel I have a little more control than I do at present.  I’m tracking my progress (on the $30 food project)  on Personal Accountability, which is my “eating plan” blog.  For years I’ve been a believer in Roy Walford’s (R.I.P. Dr W.) science and (except for my medication/depression induced lapses) have followed a real-food, optimal nutrition lifestyle.  It works well so I’m sticking with it.

I’m also going to forgo cosmetic purchases for an undetermined period of time.  My inner cosmetologist raised her head, and in turn, emptied my pockets!  Gotta keep my alter ego in check, that’s for damn sure.  Overall, those are the big things I want to address because I feel like I’m misusing resources (which makes me feel guilty) and I’m really not having that much fun with it.  Soooo…. The moral of this post is:

Address the areas of life that are causing stress or unrest, and get them out of the way, because the only way to do it, is to actually do it.  


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 13:22:18

    I want to hear how you do with the $30/week diet. Will you please please please share with us a typical menu or shopping list? I’d ask if you could do my grocery shopping for me, but I’m pretty sure I already know that answer.



  2. Autoimmune Maven
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 08:49:50

    I totally understand! I’d forget my head if….. You know the deal. I’m planning to do a wkly update at least. I’ve also managed to shed 15 lbs so I’m back in my old clothes. I’ve been using Calorie Count free software. Turns out I’m a LOT more honest when I write stuff down…. I’m looking for long-term benefits. I’m so tired of being “fine” one week and a train wreck the next! Thanks for reading chick! I need to follow your example & post a little more faithfully!


  3. phylor
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 08:08:26

    OOPS!!! Talk about fibro fog! I just realized my request for updates on spending/diet is spelled out on the other blog, that I have signed up to get notices via email. LOL!


  4. phylor
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 08:05:09

    Good luck with your financial “diet:” I’m sure you can keep on track.
    I find that writing down/entering into a spread sheet/table ALL the money we spend (and categorizing these expenses) helps keep me aware of where I’ve been remiss and where I’ve been frugal.
    I’ve done some impulse/shopping therapy buying lately. Add to that the unfortunate fact of weight gain that just won’t let go (from emotional eating, stomach issues, and meds) made me finally break down and buy new clothes. Even bought on deep discount, it adds up! Especially since I added to my wadrobe a while ago with some super deals ($2.75 for cords) but these don’t fit right now.
    Keep us posted on how it goes! I’m interested in what you buy/eat; always looking for ways to save on food costs/learn new eating habits!


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