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Wk 127 Weigh In

Saturday, September 14, 2013

You ever wish that you could go back in time and change something? Yeah, me too.

This week started off with 2 birthdays, that means food and sweets. I practiced some restraint, didn't go full on crazy, but definitely took in more calories than I would have in a normal weekend. The first couple of days things were progressing as expected but then on Wednesday it all came to a halt. On Wednesday I found out that despite only having 4 classes left to finish my degree, I have to withdraw from school.

Let me explain: I am getting student aid; Pell grant and Stafford loan and since my next school year starts in a couple of months I had to re-file for student aid, no biggie. But my application was flagged for random verification which requires copies of W-2's and my 2012 tax return. Here's the problem, I haven't filed taxes for the last 2 years. I haven't worked since Sep. 2008 and have zero income (lived off of unemployment for a while then off of my savings). The last 2 years I've tried to E-file my taxes, but it always gets rejected because there is no income. So without having been able to file taxes (and really, why bother to file with zero income?) I can produce no tax return to verify my student aid information... quite the conundrum.

So I will be leaving school with just 4 classes left (15 units) so that I can get a job, make a little money, pay taxes next April then maybe get back into the system sometime next year to finish my degree.

So when this all came to light on Wednesday, I was angry, stressed and depressed. Not good things for trying to lose a little weight. The hardest part is that the extra money that gets sent to me from my school after their expenses are covered is what I've been living off of. Now since I won't be getting that monetary boon in a few months, I have to cancel plans that I had set and make other changes and really tighten things up, money wise.

So on to the numbers for this week so I can go sulk and watch Scrubs on Netflix to take my mind off of a bad week.

Weight : 212.2
Gain : 1.8
Total : 107.8

I hope you all are having a better weekend than I am!

Ken Heaston
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  • v MARYDSAN
    One of my friend's sons also got flagged. She said that he got a waiver since he had not worked or filed either. Do you think you could get a waiver so that you could finish up your degree? Hopefully, a matter for prayer!

    (sorry this reply is late. My Yahoo is still not functioning, so notifications have come to a stop-so I found it by chance).
    1001 days ago
  • v TIME2BLOOM4ME
    Maybe you can talk to a tax person. When I was in college I got grants. I didn't file taxes either as I didn't have any real income.
    1011 days ago
  • v CLAIREINPARIS
    Oh I would have been so angry too... good for you for not gaining more this week! It is easy to turn to the fridge when life is so frustrating!!! But indeed, this gain will be gone next Saturday I am sure. Hang in there, this is a tough time for you on many levels...
    I think it means... emoticon
    1012 days ago
  • v JULIAMOONCHILD
    Well, since others here have offered advice concerning taxes and filing whatever needs filed, albeit late and for good reason, I will simply say what is in my heart ... "man, that sucks!"

    As fer your measly little weight gain, I say, "man, that sucks!"

    Jeeeze, am I starting to sound redundant? Sorry.
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    1012 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/18/2013 3:47:30 PM
  • v CLPURNELL
    With all the activities going on that isn't a bad week. You caan get that back off in no time!
    1013 days ago
  • v RIBKNIT
    It sounds like you have been caught between the proverbial cracks. I have been in the position of having to live off my savings too, and it gave me an icky feeling every time I had to hand over a $20 bill for something.
    On a positive note, I agree with others that a 1.8 lb gain after the week you've had is not out of line! The thing to watch for is the slippery slope. It's a new day and I'm sure you know what to do in the week ahead. In that regard you are totally lapping everybody on the couch!
    1014 days ago
  • v TIME4AMY
    I feel your pain! Just went through the same issue with school. I owed taxes, so until paid, I couldn't produce the tax documents that they were asking for. I was so worried all summer, because with a few classes left and after 7 yrs of part time schooling, there was a chance that I would possibly have to withdraw - when all I want is to accomplish this goal of mine. I've worked so hard!

    Thankfully, I was recently able to pay the taxes off and receive the needed document. It was a late entry, so I'm still waiting to see if I'm eligible for aid/loan. Worrying as the payment time approaches. How am I supposed to manage paying thousands out of pocket!? I even dropped one of my courses, in case I do have to try and pay. The less, the better!

    I guess the thing is... there is no deadline for my degree. I will be going a bit longer than expected, because of these adjustments. Such is life! Not everything goes a planned. I'll get there eventually!

    ...and so will you!!

    Good luck! emoticon


    PS. CONGRATS ON ALL THIS WEIGHT LOSS!
    1014 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/16/2013 9:36:25 AM
  • v RUSSELL1960
    Bummer! Paperwork frustrates the daylights out of me too. Don't let this obstacle keep you from your goals. Hang in there! We're rooting for you!
    1014 days ago
  • v GRANDEFILLE
    Wow that is no fun. only 1.8 pounds gain? in those circumstances? You're my hero!

    On another note. It's sad that you have to stop with only 4 courses left. But I know you'll get back to it. Maybe in some way you needed that break and the universe is giving it to you. I know you will attain your goal of finishing school. I believe in you.
    1014 days ago
  • v TONBEN
    Oh Ken, you must get so sick of my pouting for my little issues, and yet your always there to cheer me on! I know you will figure something out to get through this and come out further ahead, cause from what I've seen your that type of guy, truly motivated and capable. Big hugz friend and breath! emoticon
    1014 days ago
  • v NIGHTSKYSTAR
    I'm sorry Ken that really sucks. Stay determined..I know you will get through this!! I'm here if you need an ear..
    Hugs
    Holly
    1015 days ago
  • v DOVESEYES
    So sorry these things keep happening to you. Having no idea of American taxes I can't even offer any help. Just to say - you say you are cynical but you have already come up with a plan to cover yourself and then get back to the study. Sounds like someone who overcomes obstacles to me.

    Haven't had a better weekend than you but thanks :) Enjoy the Scrubs!!!

    There must be plenty of work for a "one armed hot guy with a big heart"


    1015 days ago
  • v SIMONEKP
    You just need to file the paper copy of the returns.
    1015 days ago
  • v SKATER787
    @ME_FIRST, that's my first thought too, but I'm sure Ken would have done that if he could. That's the thing about auditing, they can make the ruling at the time of finding. I never like E Filing, now I can see why. The stupid computer program has code to block zero income. I always file with paper, the old fashioned way. This way I always have a hard copy on hand. In fact, I'm going through making amendments for my 2010 and 2011 as I found some mistakes while I was working on 2012. Very bad break for Ken. Sorry to hear that.
    1015 days ago
  • v ME_FIRST
    Maybe you could file paper returns for the past two years. (No late filing penalty since no taxes were due.) and give copies of the returns for your student aid. Just a thought. No too bad of a gain after 2 birthdays. Hope this week is better for you.


    1015 days ago
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    1016 days ago
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