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Positive Changes Forward

Monday, January 23, 2012

I am slowly adjusting to this new midnight schedule, making it work for me. Sunday is my first day of the week, my day of worship and for the next fifteen weeks it will be my Christian education day before I go into work. I attended another financial peace class, geared toward single women yesterday. I have studied financial peace by Dave Ramsey since 2008, really applied the class so to speak in 2010 and now have a clear cut vision plan to be debt free by this March emoticon

What struck me as a light bulb moment as I was leaving the class last night, that the women gathered here, about 30 for the single women comes from different backgrounds, different walks of life, different situations. Not every women is single because of divorce, i. e. bad marriage. Some are widows. Some never married. Different sizes, shapes, colors, background, ages, ethnic groups. Wow. emoticon

Another realization I put into my action steps is that I really do not need a new car this year. Yes I will be turning the big 5-0, but that is not reason to go into debt $40,000 for my dream vehicle. So I will clean up and still maintain my two good vehicles and wait until 2013 or so to think about getting a new vehicle. My first order of business is to pay off my last credit card, my AMEX and do the debt free shout on the Dave Ramsey show! I was thinking about maybe buying a condo when my lease is up this August. I decided no matter who great the real estate market is for buyers, once I pay off my Amex, I am going to continue to save for a healthy downpayment, keep my credit score up and build up my bank accounts. I am going to organize better here in the apartment to make it cozier and homier for me and poodles. The name of the game for 2012 is to save big for my accounts and lose big for my weight emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/23/2012 5:03PM

    Great goals! I need to get out of credit card debt, it's really disgraceful, but right now my job is NOT secure, so even though I am working a "plan", the plan may not let me work it.

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Starting the week off Sunday

Sunday, January 22, 2012

This is the first day of the week, my first work day and I am sitting through another session of Financial Peace which begins this evening. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I am forward focus thinking. 2012 will be my year of being debt free, getting these pounds down and living life outloud.

I am still adjusting to working the midnight shift. I can see myself on the weekends getting sleepy around the 2:00 pm hour, cutting into my small social life. I stayed home this morning and watched my Pastor from Church on the Rock continuing message on Fasting. I am looking forward to this week beginning my juice fast with the holistic helper I found locally here.

I just got off the phone with my sister who is overseas. She is doing well, we really haven't spoke since I left home for Christmas. She has a new skype number which I hope to use more often. She congratulated my on my little promotion, even though I have to work the midnight shift. I tell her this is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things in my life!

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NICOLEGRACE238 1/22/2012 6:41PM

    Way to claim 2012 as your year. I did Financial Peace a few years ago and it is a good program. Good luck on your journey this year.

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In Celebration!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Today on my ending day of the weekend, I attended a very important union meeting and then took my girlfriend out for a meal in celebration of her birthday. Well the celebration is for me, because she invited another co-worker along and he paid for both of our meals emoticon I just met him, another transplant from the Tennessee plant, who just wanted to hang out with us cool gals and fellowship with food emoticon We met up right after our union meeting at 54th Street Grille. I stayed within my point range, had a great burger with steamed vegetables, took the top bun off and it was delicious! I couldn't eat the whole thing, love bringing home leftovers emoticon Too full for desert,but the birthday girl was given a decadent mini chocolate bun with vanilla bean ice cream. She shared a few spoonfuls with me, it was awesome and just enough of a taste to sweeten the pot for me emoticon

Union meeting was long and took most of my afternoon. We still have some issues with our local contract agreement, so it is back to the drawing board for our local elected officials. I am prayerful that they can come to a peaceful resolution without having to call down the international and doing a strike vote. Striking right now is the last thing on my mind and it is never in my agenda. I gotta lot of living to do!

I stopped by Oak Park Mall that was sponsoring a SlimFast event. I tasted their new shakes and grabbed some coupons. Another Sparker was nominated as one of the Women of Wow Slim Fast ambassador. She has a weight loss blog that was chosen along with eight other women. I use to drink SlimFast alot, but stopped because of all the sugar grams. They have improved their formula, have a low carb line and made the taste better with less sugars. I was pleasantly surprised. An added bonus to my day was I put my weight loss goal on their facebook page and had my picture taken as well emoticon Yes, I put it out there, so now it is up to me to keep my momentum going down the scale, seeing lesser and lesser of me emoticon My journey continues!

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MIZCATHI 1/22/2012 7:04AM

    Sounds like a busy and eventful day with celebrations, new friends, important Union issues, and the the mall!

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LINDA! 1/21/2012 11:15PM

    Sounded like an awesome day!

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Low Key Day

Friday, January 20, 2012

I spent my day off quietly, getting poodles groomed and catching up on my rest. This is where the real work comes in when I flip my hours on the weekend. I was able to watch some TV shows I never seen or heard of. All these years of working afternoons and now switching to midnights has given me a different perspective about life. So this is what folks do on a Friday evening. I do not have a significant other at this time, so my time is exactly that, my time. I cherish my moments of down time and quietness and getting to know the better me!

I scheduled a new doctor appointment for next week and I will be doing a juice fast working with a local holistic professional. I look forward to new beginnings and fresh forward thinking. emoticon

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CALAMITYJANE44 1/21/2012 9:36AM

    I love the smell of a fresh groomed dog! They're great to cuddle with too!

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MIZCATHI 1/21/2012 7:50AM

    Nothing like freshly groomed puppies and some downtime! I groom my mini schnauzers myself to save some major pennies, but it takes several hours. They get pretty shaggy sometimes!

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Great Day Thursday

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I won a drawing at work for an opportunity to drive our new 2013 Chevy Malibu for a couple of nights. Due to a mix up in communication, I was only able to bring it home for one day. Oh well, sweet being in a new car and putting it on the road a bit. Drives smooth, so many bells and whistles-not use to all this fancy stuff in new vehicles today emoticon It has a built in phone for hands free calling, Onstar, XM radio (something I miss in my HHR). I took a few pictures. let the poodles sniff around in the back seat and went to WW to weigh in. emoticonDown -1.8 from last Saturday! Glory.

I found a holistic health person locally here who offers juice fast for a great groupon price. I decided to kick it up a notch, and do this guided juice fast to see the health benefits of cleansing my plumbing and as I learned last week from my former Pastor from Church on the Rock that fasting opens me up to what God is saying and doing in my life. emoticon

I had a semi decent lunch and I am preparing for my last work day of the week. I am still trying to get the hang of things on my new job, not sweating the small stuff, not getting flustered and just taking things one step at a time!

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CURVYCC 1/20/2012 3:40PM

    Can't wait to see the pictures! Congrats on the weight loss. You are braver than me with that juice fast. I need something to chew on. Keep up the great job.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/20/2012 7:19AM

    You're doing great! You're on your way to becoming the classier version of yourself!

Have a sparkling day! Keep beleiving in yourself!


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LOVE7755 1/19/2012 8:52PM

    That was a cool drawing! Congrats on your weigh-in.

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