I never did work out and this week because of continued jet lag. This week felt really long and I thought to just take it easy. This weekend I feel somewhat back to normal except my eating habits could be better. All part of rest and recuperation. Now that I’m writing, I realize I haven’t eaten fast food in so long! Well, consistently I mean. I stopped by Taco Bell on the way home from my trip because I was REALLY tired then.

I somehow have lost 10 pounds. My goal is to lose another 5 in this next month (end of May) to make a total of 15 pounds! Friends have commented that I look like I have lost weight. I honestly attribute this to the lack of drinking. When I drank, I felt heavy and would not eat the best. I also felt lazy and depressed. I feel great now!

Since I’m just back from a 10 day vacation, I really want to save save save! I have a baseline savings and really want that to grow. I feel like I still do a lot of right now as opposed to future me. I’m trying so hard to not spend on my credit card and want to make that my goal for the month of May. Don’t spend on the credit card. I get gas on it because of the return, but I don’t think I’ll do that this month. A monthly credit card cleanse! I really think I charge too much on it without deducting from my earnings. I also pay it off every month (no matter the damage) and then think, “Hmm could have paid myself.” Then I get a little…A LOT disgusted with myself because I did that cycle over again.

I am enjoying losing weight, saving, and traveling. All of these things I have to remember that I am doing slowly to learn and grow in each department. I can’t build it in a day and I think the slow process is helping me realize more fully some of the mistakes I’m making along the way. I’d rather be consciously aware of my spending habits and really thinking about the way I can change them as opposed to mindless spending…trying to move away from that!


The Excitement Of A New Year

I paid off my credit card…for the second time this month 😬😤

Honestly, I wanted to start off debt free in many areas. 
Debt free from work: all of my work is complete so I am won’t be drowning in paperwork when I return after the holiday.
Debt free from CC: Pains me to have paid so much money toward my CC. BUT, I am starting the new year without debt on my shoulders.

Tonight I’m going to compile a long list of things I can do instead of spending money.
For example: I’m not really into cleaning. Being clean is good. I’m not terrible at it, but instead of going to the mall, I can clean my place…go through paperwork at home and clean out clothes I don’t ever wear. Stuff like that I can put off for months or even years!

No eating out except on vacation. I don’t eat out too often, but dinners add up! Instead, I’ve increased my grocery budget to include some good meals instead of trying to cut expenses here as has happened in the past. Here’s another area I can dedicate time toward – finding good recipes.

Also increasing my wealth of awareness. Why do I spend money on dumb shit?
When one stops doing something and replaces it, the thought patterns toward that also change. I’ve changed some things in the past and spend an entire 365 days doing so and in the previous process learned a whole lot about myself and what I truly need. I also learned that I can survive moments of struggle and that it’s not the end of the world when small setbacks occur.