Help With Plan???
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I want to give myself a six week challenge but not quite sure what to do. I have some ideas but maybe my spark friends can help me. The following are the 3 areas that I am looking to improve. I will start on Monday.
I am unemployed and want to prove that eating healthy on a extremely low budget can still be done.
Although I am not working I still have a gym membership for 20 bucks a month but not always motivated to go like I was in the past.
Time on unemployment is ticking and I have no leads or prospects. I don't like to continue putting my information on the internet but I am lost at this point. I have transferable skills but I have not been able to articulate that unfortunately.
Any advice in these three areas will be appreciated. I will begin on Monday and blog my progress weekly. Wish me luck but even better share your 2 cents.
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I definitely understand trying to get the most nutritious food for the money. For grocery shopping, I tend to shop at the farmer's markets in my area for fresh produce and meats. The prices are competitive and the food is very fresh. I save money by staying away from most processed foods and fruit juices, so, for example, instead of orange juice (which is very expensive), I eat an orange. That way I get the full nutrients of an orange without paying the ridiculous cost for orange juice.
I agree with the other comments on the page, including the one about shopping early for deals. Don't forget to pick up the circular or ads for your grocery store to see where you can save additional money. Also, I'm not a coupon user, but I have friends who swear by it, so that may be an option.
With respect to the professional goals, I think a multifaceted approach is the best option. Continue to search on the internet, but also don't forget to network in person. Call on all of your contacts and let them know what kind of job you are searching for and provide them with a copy of your resume and cover letter. Solicit advice from them about what areas they think you could improve (writing skills, interview skills, etc.) to land a job. Join professional organizations in your area, so that you can network with other professionals in your area. For example, if you are an engineer, join the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Please keep us updated. I'm wishing you the best of luck!
1592 days ago
I think in terms of nutrition I have to look at it two fold. 1. shopping for bargains and 2. getting the necessary nutrients. Perhaps I should consider my staples and build my meals around it. What do you guys think?
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Comment edited on: 5/16/2013 12:34:29 AM
With regards to shopping, I have a couple of tips that help me. Only shop on a full stomach - this stops you buying junk food or snacking while you're there. And I'm not sure if it's the same where you live, but here (in Australia) the essentials of life are around the OUTSIDE of the shop - fresh produce, milk, bread, meat. And we even have snack-free checkout aisles so kids (and us!) don't get tempted.
With fitness, my tips are to find something you enjoy doing, if it's a class tell your instructor so they can give you a special welcome and keep you motivated, and find someone you ca workout with - I feel guilty when I miss a session now!
With job searching, I am not so sure the internet is the way to go, unless this is getting you in touch with the people and jobs you want. I have found that getting out there in person gives the employees the chance to meet you and they realise you are making the effort to get out there in person.
Overall, re-read your goals, make sure they're ones you really want and that you can't live without - get FEROCIOUS about them!
I look forward to reading about your successes in your future SP blogs.
1593 days ago
As for the nutrition:
I do my shopping ealy in the morning. For example if you want a meat for protein, look for the SPECIALS -- those meats which are discounted becuase their expiry date is that day. It is NOT unsound meat. It just has tbe used that day or frozen till you're going to use it.
Make friends with the produce man person where you shop! Same thing applies to produce -- sometimes you can get a nice discount on produce that needs to be sold that day.
Instead of the sugary sweet processed cereals, you can buy the hot cereals you make, like steel cut oats or oatmeal, for example, and prepare it yourself. Sometimes they sell steel cut oats in bulk, too. here is a lot to do with steel cut oats to change it up a little and it's nutritious.
Eggs -- good sourceof protein and can be made in so many different forms.
Those are a few of the things, right off the top, that I can think of.
Motivation to get to the gym:
Make a written goal with yourself to go a certain # of days/week. You know one good thing is you can meed so many different people @ the gym, even someone who may have a led for you job wise! You just never know.
As far as the job goes, you're really backed into the corner with searching on the net. You really do have to spread your resume any way you can. It makes a big difference.
Wishing you great success. HUGS!
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