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Trying To Get Back On The Ground

Friday, February 01, 2013

I've been in a shocked daze every since I bought my new car! I kind of feel like Charlie in the chocolate factory, being carried up and up by that magic bubble drink and trying to get back to the ground.

And sure enough, the shock is wearing off. I'm starting to realize exactly how much this car payment and the insurance is going to weigh down my finances. My plans to pay off all my credit cards are completely out the window; I'll be lucky to put back five hundred dollars over the next six months, and that's quite disheartening. It will be years before I can repay those cards, or move out into my old place, or save up for a real getaway vacation. *Sigh* I guess I always knew that it would be baby steps for me.

I still haven't gotten 100% hardcore back on track. I'm still in the 190's, which is where I've been hovering for months. I'm usually good with making good food choices even if I go over on calories. Thankfully I'm good about keeping track without using the tracker on this site. However, I'm still slacking horribly on the whole exercise front. It doesn't help that I don't have a set schedule: Some work days I get up and do stuff before work, sometimes I stay up late after work, etc etc. I'm certain that part of the problem that I'm not doing 100%, and sometimes I think it's something else more mysterious. I don't know. I won't know anything for sure until I have a solid week or more of staying in my low range, exercising, and eating healthy foods. *Shrug*

Not going to lie, my main concern right now lies with my financial status than my diet and exercise. Like - what am I going to do about my grocery shopping and staying healthy when my budget is too small for anything but ramen noodles and potatoes? Poverty is one of the culprits of my initial weight gain to begin with. That in the fact that I'm not financially able to take anytime off work until I earn paid time off in May, so what happens if I get sick or my mom needs to be taken to the hospital or something?

Sorry. I'm just so worried and it's hard to think about anything else.

Hopefully when my next day off rolls around in five days, I'll be able to take the time to get my head straight. Right now it's difficult trying to go through the motions and get things done when I'm not all there, you know? One thing buying my car deprived me of was the ability to spend my weekend relaxing and recuperating, so hopefully that will be just the fix I need to get my head back in the game and feel like I'm making progress again. Until that time it's just like I'm trying to hold sand in my fists.

Sorry I can't have a better blog, or that I've had the time to actually sit down and get to everyone's blog and comment. I promise I'll get to that really soon! Hopefully everyone's weekend starts tomorrow and is fantastic!
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ATTACKFATCAT 2/1/2013 11:14AM

    Your priorities are shifting around a bit right now and that's OK. I had to file for bankruptcy last October, so I totally get the finances taking over everything else. Take what time you need to figure out how to make it on your budget and then worry more about diet and exercise. I would just keep doing what you are doing. Diet is 80% of weight loss anyways, so just track your calories and try to keep a little deficit. If you can find ten minutes to do a quick SP workout video, go for it. Or do a rotation of jumping jacks, crunches, etc. for a few minutes a day. I'm happy to hear you've been maintaining your weight lost so far though...that is always an accomplishment even if you aren't actively losing.

As for healthy living on an extreme budget...I keep an eye on ads for Kroger, Food Lion, etc. for sales week to week. If I can get a coupon (there is an online clipping service I use where I can pick and choose a coupon and have them shipped to me within 2 days), I combine those with sales. Sweet potatoes are at a good price right now and I found mangoes at Kroger last week for $1 apiece and chicken breasts are on sale for $1.99 a pound (might depend on the area though). I've heard Aldi (if you have one) is a good place to go for produce at a lower price. You have to bring your own bags though. I buy in bulk and split it to freeze, like chicken breasts or ground turkey. Buy frozen veggies instead of fresh when possible...they are usually cheaper if you get the store brand. You can buy dried beans and soak/cook them yourself - I really need to do this because it's cheaper and has less sodium.

I'm sure you know most of that, but hopefully something will help. I freak out every time I make a big purchase, even when I know it was necessary. Anyone who's careful with their money should feel that way. Just know you needed that car and that your credit cards WILL get paid off.

Hope you have a restful weekend!

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