A Better Winter
Saturday, January 11, 2014
I think this is going to turn out to be a better Winter for me. I'm having twinges of regret for cancelling my YMCA membership, which is silly, because I still haven't even gone since I made the decision. I even got another good Living Social offer in my email today for boot camp classes nearby. Another thing to get after my YMCA membership is over. 2014 is a year to have a major shift in how I spend money. I have already managed to cut $233 out of my monthly budget for this year by making a few changes. The next thing I'm looking into is switching grocery stores. They opened a new Shop Rite near me and it's a lot cheaper than Stop & Shop I hate to say. The savings far outweighs any gas savings I would get, by remaining with S&S. Shop Rite even deducts the parking fee from your bill when you spend more than $20, and with a Chobani sale that will be easy to reach. There are some items I regularly get that are $2 cheaper at Shop Rite, that will add up over an entire grocery bill, if I could shave another $5, $10 or $20 off groceries every time I shop, that will make another difference. Sneaking in savings is like sneaking in exercise. My dad supports the YMCA cancellation and using the Living Social coupons to visit gyms all over the area. Just pack my bag and head on over. Working out and Yoga at home is important too before I can get back outside for bike rides. Next week I'll set up the living room so I can get in my 20 minute AM yoga session that I want to do. The Christmas decorations are almost gone and I'll be taking the tree down soon, I'm taking a break right now, putting away the decorations is tedious and I'm almost done.
I run out of too much steam by the end of the week I am noticing and my Saturdays are a bust because of it. I have to figure out how to maintain a better balance of my energy during the week so come Saturday I don't want to take 3 naps but go out and ride my bike on the first nice day. Well the simple and very obvious answer is that I have to exercise. If I want energy at any point in the week I'm going to have to get serious again. There goes the energy boost I need and the answer to the other 10 problems I might have. Remember I don't want to rant about what's wrong, I want to find solutions and act on them. Yes act on them, this weather is killing me and I need to stop looking at the Sedona weather, I'm not moving there. I'll be here for quite some time and making the best I can out of it. That means making the best out of this Winter and conquering it for once. I think I am already doing better than I did last year or the year before, and I can keep it up now.
I really must get my essay done for this Masters program, I have to get accepted for the fall semester. It will be so important to have this parking mecca for two years complete with an entire oasis of after work activities, I will be in that gym 5 days every week after work. It was such a great resource to have last year, I miss it. That won't be until August and I have a lot of weight I can lose between now and then with what I have here in my house. I need to once and for all blow up the stability ball to add more Coach Nicole videos to my daily routines. I have a mat, the ball, 5, 10 and 12lb weights. I think I'll have some lunch soon and finish putting away Christmas.
Another good week ahead, staying positive, staying present.