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April Finances

April 25, 2007

It is nearing the end of the month and I have a feeling that April will not end in positive numbers.  Here is the reasons why:

  1. The month of April had 5 Mondays.  I pay for daycare each week on Monday so this caused an extra $250 compared with the last two months.
  2. I hosted Easter Dinner at my house this year so this caused my grocery bill to go up a bit.  I also bought my princess a new dress for Easter – she didn’t need it but it makes her feel like Cinderella.  It just melts my heart to see her so excited about something. 
  3. Murphy’s law – If you don’t want to spend any money – you are suddenly out of everything.  My grocery list on my fridge grows each day of stuff we run out of – mostly they are staple items that we will need to replace before the end of the month – bread, milk, cereal, butter.  The car is also almost out of gas.
  4. Eating out.  Normally I only eat out 1-2 times a month (this includes lunch and eating out with my family).  This month I have eaten out 5 times including pizza for the family.  I had a lot of user-group meetings at work and traditionally the whole group goes out for lunch. 
  5. I received my tax return money but it all went to debt and a new washing machine. 
  6. We had family pictures taken for the church directory.  My DH does portrait photography on the side so we usually don’t purchase any pictures from these types of things.  However, the girls were especially cute and we have never had a family portrait of all 4 of us so we walked out with $70 in pictures. 

This is where I need to find my strength to keep up my budget.  In prior years when I have attempted to cut back on expenses, this is where I begin failing.   It is OK to be over budget once and a while – I just need to make sure next month it does not happen again.   Also – I need to stay focused on paying off my car loan.  Once that bill is gone I will give myself more breathing room in my budget so I am not scrounging at the end of the month.

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Almost Perfect

April 17, 2007

I took a walk yesterday evening after the girls went to bed.  It was almost perfect.  These are the kind of walks that make you want to exercise everyday.  I was wearing my cute exercise outfit I received from my DH for Christmas.  The weather was beautiful.  The stars were bright.  I felt strong and walked at a faster pace than usual.  I even jogged a few minutes. 

The problem?  This song was going through my head during my entire walk:

The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs
They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is I’m the only one

AHHHH!!! it is in my head again.

Good Intentions

April 16, 2007

Today was a banner day on how my two goals don’t always jive together. 

I started off my day with great intentions.  I packed oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins for breakfast.  For lunch I packed leftover chicken breast with wild rice along with a banana. Starting off the week being good on my diet is essential. 

However…

I walked into the break-room to make my oatmeal.  Walked out with a donut.  I have such a hard time saying NO to free food.   There wasn’t even an email to announce the evil treats were there.  Maybe if I would have been warned I could have talked myself out of them.

Then later this morning a co-worker came to my desk to chat.  She said she brought in 3 pieces of pizza in for lunch – she would only eat two and probably throw out the extra if I didn’t want it.  Throw out food?  I could never be responsible for throwing out food – there are starving children out there!  Again – healthy planned meal was pushed aside for free food.  I ate the banana – is that worth anything?

The good news is that I don’t have to pack lunch for tomorrow – it is all here waiting for me.

Sacred Affirmations for Weight Loss

April 4, 2007

Great words from The Incredible Shrinking Ladies.  I need to read this every morning…

 I enjoy being healthy. I’m on the road to fitness. I love the food that makes me thin. I can lose weight. I can change. I can let go of being compulsive. I will take care of me today. My children will benefit from my healthy changes. With each breath out, I exhale negative beliefs about my body. I am naturally drawn to the foods that my body needs to be healthy. I appreciate all the things that are beautiful about my body. I allow myself to have a beautiful body. I am creating healing energy in my life. I am getting healther every day. I like eating healthy, it makes me feel better. I eat only that which my body requires.

Splenda Rant…

March 30, 2007

Am I the only dieter out there that hates the taste of this stuff?  A few days ago I put a little Splenda brown sugar blend in my oatmeal and coffee to replace the normal brown sugar I usually use to save a few calories.  I had that crappy artificial sweetener aftertaste in my mouth the entire morning. 

I am not even sure why I purchased this stuff – it was really a waste of my money.  I have always disliked the taste of low-calorie sweeteners.  I have never liked diet soda.  I tried a girl scout sugar free brownie bite a few weeks ago and it left the same bad aftertaste. 

I think this kind of food actually makes me eat more because I eat something else to get rid of that taste in my mouth.  It also doesn’t leave me as satisified as using the real sugar. 

So I think for now, I will just use normal, high-calorie sugar… just less of it. 

Post-Workout High

March 27, 2007

I love the feeling of being sore the day after a strength training workout.  Every time I stand up out of my chair, walk down stairs or lift something I have a reminder that I did something good yesterday.  It is also another motivation to eat well and exercise again today – I don’t want the work I did to be wasted.

Even though I know there is no outward difference in my appearance from that one 30-minute workout from yesterday to today, I feel a since of pride.  I feel stronger.  I feel healthier.  I am holding my head up a little higher today.