It's been a while since I've blogged or have done anything on Sparkpeople. A lot of it has been due to a hell of a lot going on (new baby, kid #1 starting 1st grade, deaths, depression, cats and dogs living together). However, I've decided to make a new years resolution and stick to it for a change. Technically it's several resolutions, but they all point to the #1 resolution and that is to turn my life around. To that effect, I have enacted the following decrees:
1) Lose 50 pounds by the end of the year.
2) Keep a budget and stick to it
3) Put $1000 away in savings this year
4) Cut the credit card balances by half
5) Brush my teeth daily
6) Try not to be such a lump at work
Results so far have been promising:
1) So far I've lost about 10 pounds since 1/1/11 and have been active on Sparkpeople everyday.
2) I was going to use Mint.com for my budgeting, but it doesn't work very well with my small bank so I have purchased MS Office for my budgeting and bill reminders. I wanted to use OpenOffice, but it work with the Excel spreadsheet I set up. Speaking of, if anyone wants a copy let me know. With the tools I have now at my disposal, I now know where all the money is going and why and can plan ahead much better for future expenses. It also helps that I got rid of cable this month and will be dropping AT&T mobile like a bad habit in April.
3)After 4 weeks (I started this one a little early) we've put away $105 into our savings, and another $60 toward next Xmas.
4) We've also paid almost $300 towards the cards (of a combined $5250 balance)
5) My teeth are getting pretty white and they don't smell like a dead hooker anymore.
6) I've been making myself so busy at work that I don't have time to read all the news stories about how (Scott) Walker, Budget Ranger, wants to screw up everything with the state agency I work at. Because THAT would be depressing.
The upshot is that the depression I was experiencing has abated....mostly. I still have some bad days, but not many and I'm hoping that by Spring things will be going even better and I won't have anything to be bummed out about
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