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Some overall victories and February NO SPENDING month!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Well, its been some times since I've blogged. The end of last year was filled with an overwhelming fear of going backwards that I was depressed most days. However, the week of Christmas I kicked the slump I had been on and moved past the 190's for good! It was hard there for a while. I had already put my mind in maintenance mode, and while it was good that I was maintaining, I wasn't ready to not see that scale go down anymore. I had over a year and a half of watching the scale drop and when it wasn't anymore, I was terrified that I'd give up and go back up. But, alas, it went down and I've been hopping around the low 180's ever since.

Maintaining is almost more difficult than losing. You still have to watch what you eat, and exercise, but if the scale goes up for a few days you have to work a bit to get it back down. To keep it in the range I want it is exhausting sometimes. I've got about 5 months go get to 170-175 (only 10-15 pounds), so I should be able to do it, if I commit to it!

I've been adding push ups and bicycle crunches to my workout routine. I really only started this week, and must have been doing them too hard or something cause I pulled a muscle in my side. So that hasn't really worked as planned. haha. I'll get back on that once my side stops killin' me!

My most recent NSV is that I now fit in SOME size 16 pants!(depends on brand) When I first started I owned a pair of size 32's!! So crazy to think about! I'm even wearing SKINNY JEANS... with boots only... i think they look weird otherwise! I don't think I'll get much smaller than a 16, unless I get a tummy tuck... and I can't afford that, so that won't be happening!

Starting tomorrow, February is going to be a no excess spending month! Unfortunately, its not going quite as planned, and it hasn't even started yet! I'm sticking to basic rules for myself, such as, no new clothes, shoes or accessories. Groceries are only things we NEED to get through the week. No extra goodies (not that I really do this anyways, sometimes its like an extra thing of ice cream or something). However, we already have plans to go out for breakfast on Saturday, with some friends that are going to be driving through from out of town... AND, dinner take out on Saturday night that we've been planning for over a year now. We're having a Lord of the Rings marathon weekend... I've only seen the movies once and we really had nothing going on this weekend, so we said we were gonna watch all the movies and eat pizza. This was before I started my "lifestyle change", but I actually haven't had take out pizza in a LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG time, so I'm thinking it's OK. Other than that, we're bucklin' down and not spending on anything we don't need. We have a wedding to save for and this will be a good start!

Other than that, nothing is too exciting in my life. The fiance and I are doing well, haven't been in counseling for over a couple months now and we've been talking more and things are awesome! The holidays are over and now I'm ready for spring! Let's go 70's and sunny!!
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TANYA602 2/2/2013 6:04PM

    I am so happy for you! Congrats on getting to the 180s and for working so hard to get there. I am wondering how you liked the pizza? It had been 6 months that we had had pizza and when we finally had one it was kind of anti-climatic for me. More than anything, what I really enjoyed was the cheeseburger I had back in December! I could go for one of those again! ha
Do you have a date set? I can't wait to start following you when you shop for dresses! How exciting!
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CC3833 2/1/2013 1:57PM

    Sounds like things are going pretty well for you! I am also working out a budget for myself... it is hard! You can do it though... Good luck and keep pushing!

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RACH_LVSLIFE 2/1/2013 10:11AM

    You are doing amazing!!!

Keep in mind that your financial health is similar to your physical health. As long as you can afford it, it's okay to create an "dining out" budget. You don't want to cut it our completely, feel the loss and then binge! If it helps, you can go to a cash system for eating out and groceries. That way you are stuck to your budget no matter what.

Enjoy your weekend!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 1/31/2013 6:35PM

    Everything sounds great!! Glad it's going well in your neck of the woods!!

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