Minor Frustrations, Staying on Track
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Well this has been a week of minor frustrations. My main goal this week is to not let the frustrations derail me from my overall fitness and wellness activities.
1. My septic drain field is failing. The problem was discovered last week when I had the tank drained; system is backed up. I had the drain field repaired about 5 years ago. I don’t know yet whether I need a more extensive repair or to replace the whole system. I would prefer to repair the system, because at some point the city will put in sewers to our neighborhood. Drain field repair will cost probably $2,400 minimum; or over $6,000 if they have to remove my driveway and landscaping (lines run under the paved driveway). Cost of a new septic system (sand filter, elevated) is even higher ($25,000 - $40,000 depending on what the city requires) and I do NOT want a raised septic tank by my front entry (the current tank is buried under the driveway directly to the left of my front door). Redoing the plumbing if the tank is moved will raise the costs even higher.
2. My kitchen and bath remodel plans are on hold and will be canceled if I have to get the entire new septic system.
3. Mom seemed lonely and depressed when I called her. She had previously complained to my sister that I called too frequently, so I cut back on my calls; then she became lonely and misses me. I guess it just depends on how she is feeling.
4. The stress levels led me to need a relaxation pill to be able to sleep last night (full dose).
To top off all my frustrations – I have been doing REALLY well on my exercise and diet for the past two months. But I am not seeing results on the scale and in fact, the dial on the scale rolled in the wrong direction by 3 pounds.
So I am deliberately trying to refocus myself on the positives. And to NOT let myself lapse into unhealthy habits. My positives are:
1. I am looking better, and I can fit into the pink dress that didn’t fit me 2 months ago
2. My acid reflux and stomach problems are MUCH better
3. I have kept to my pledge of no rich desserts/no alcohol very well. Not perfect! But one minor lapse for an entire month is MAJOR success for me
4. I have an emergency fund and I can fund the septic system repair, or even replace it if I have to
5. I have a preapproved homeowners equity line of credit that I have never used
6. I will sell my old coffee table plus two guitars to raise additional cash. I just feel better if I do something to add to the funds.
Finally -- This is a stretch of time where I need to complete a number of necessary but difficult tasks for my employer. I am being successful at slowly working my way through these requirements. Sometimes work is easy and rewarding; other times you have to plug away at it. I’m plugging away and NOT GETTING MIRED DOWN! That’s success!