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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

It's ridiculous how much I have spent on shoes in the last few months. First there were the fancy running shoes, now four pairs of steet shoes (actually, 2 pairs of shoes and 2 of sandals) that cost just as much for each pair. Even more ridiculous: after wearing those expensive shoes for the last few days, my feet not only feel 100% better, but I feel better in general. I didn't realize how much having that low grade pain with each step was affecting my general health and well-being.

In the meantime, I overate last night for dinner, including (wince) a turtle sundae (but yum, yum), but otherwise have been on track for four days now. In fact, I am so low on calories today that I really need to go eat something else.

Got to the gym today, and every treadmill was in use. Decided I would do 30 minutes on the stationary bike (not a favorite) but got watching MASH reruns and did a full hour. I know that is a strange motivator, but if I can find something entertaining on the TV I can keep going a lot longer.

Went to talk to the benefits office yesterday. The guy was very helpful and knowledgeable, but the news wasn't great. In order to maximize my retirement income, I need to work until I am at least 66 (I will turn 64 in October), and it will be less than I had thought and hoped. Basically, retiring is going to decrease my monthly income by about half, and I really don't have that much in savings. I have an IRA and an annuity, but both are small, and both were hit hard by the recession. Guess I need to concentrate on getting my budget under control. It isn't so much the shoes and stuff like that. It is the food. I am back to eating out almost every night. I have to get that under control again. I am spending a fortune on it, and while I am doing better keeping the calories at restaurants under control (grilled trout with vegies tonight), I could certainly cook and eat the same things at home for a lot less money.

After the benefits office, I went over to my doctor's office and got a "spot" removed. It has been there for years, but had started changing, and she thought it should come off. Believe it or not, that was really rather enjoyable. The doctor and nurse and I were chatting about clothes and clothes shopping. We all patronise GoodWill a lot, and had a long discussion of Bargains I Have Found. It was what is called a "shave biopsy", and hasn't hurt at all. It will also be nice to have the "spot" gone. It was really pretty ugly.

Of course, by that time it was after 6PM, I was over-hungry and tired, and was a little stressed about the news about my pension realities. That doesn't excuse the mini-binge (gyros, fries, and the turtle sundae), but it does explain it. I did get myself stopped after that, though, so it could have been worse.
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    Great about the shoes if they are helping the feet they are worth it for sure.

    Sore feet and today sore butt frtom doing hours of photo blog and lost it at the last minute I have been here from 11am and you will see my post time is almost 4pm. Wnat awaste of a day i did learn a little bit though HUGS Pat in Maine.
    2112 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the retirement benefits. It really hurts to think you worked so long and there just isn't enough there to retire. I am sure though that you can work on that budget and get a few extra dollars saved.

    Congrats on the exercise bike!! Hats off to you of making the best of it (no treadmill) and getting it done anyway.

    I know you can do this and stay on track!! Looking forward to congratulating you on Day 5 accomplishments!!

    2112 days ago
    Sorry about the retirement, know how that feels. I retired in 1995 had myself set for life, was only 55. Took a big loss in the stock market, loss big on a business I had sold, found I needed to supplement my income or I would be in deep trouble. Worked for a while, then invested in a business, still putting in hours working, but office in home so not so bad. Waited till 67 to start SS. But SS only pays about $1900.00 month and I don't want to use up my savings.
    I shop exclusive at Goodwill and Thrift store, I have a lovely wardrobe. The boots and shoes I have found are lovely. And I am a clothes horse, and collect shoes like people collect baseball cards. When ever I have to buy at a regular store ,which I did for my athletic shoes, at 150.00 a pair it was torcher.
    I blog about my clothes finds, i am the Queen of bargain shopping.
    I hope you can cut out the eating out expense. Cooking at home is cheaper, plus better for you. You know exactly what you are eating.
    I wish you well in curbing your tendency to binge too. I used to do that too. But it's been a few years now and I am glad. One or two binges can undo a weeks worth of good healthy eating and set you back.
    Stay strong, be positive and believe you can and you will.
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    2112 days ago
    Wow, great that the shoes are helping that much!
    That's an excellent point about eating out. Spending that money does have an impact for a long time. I hate it when I go out to lunch and everything on the menu is something I could easily make at home. Sorry your retirement funding doesn't look as good as it really ought to be. I'm impressed that you controlled yourself so well, a turtle sundae would set me off on all kinds of binges.
    2112 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am sorry about your pension. It is scary to have to cut back on your money.

    I like shoes also and am glad your new ones make you feel better.

    I also like the tv when I exercise.

    Have a great healthy day.

    2113 days ago
    Sounds like you did a good job of controlling what could've turned into an all-out binge! Having some unhealthy choices now and again are actually good for you in a way, I think (though some heavy-restricted dieters would disagree). As long as it doesn't turn into a binge and it isn't every day, I don't see a problem with it.

    Sorry about your pension. Money troubles suck. We've been one-income for awhile now, but I did have a little coming in from unemployment. Now that's gone, and we're certainly going to have to re-do our budget. We don't spend a crazy lot on stuff, but we eat out more than we should (seems we have that in common, yes?). Sigh... we just need more money!

    Way to go on spending an hour on the bike! I get so bored on those things, I have to watch tv or I just watch the clock. Sometimes I still get bored even WITH the tv. I haven't found something I love to do yet. But honestly, I haven't really been earnestly searching for an exercise I love.

    Have a good day, and make good choices!!
    2113 days ago
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