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Friday - Yay it's Friday

Friday, July 25, 2014

OOOPS!! My mind is not where it should be. I totally forgot to add my gratitude and wins yesterday. So I will start with that:
Gratitude: So grateful for cooler temps that allowed me to run one of my best runs.
WINS: Run, no junk food, scale was down.

O.k. got that over with.

Today is Friday, and I love my Fridays. Only a half a day at work today, then going home to work on some cleaning/decluttering stuff. And it is basket night... thanks to a spark friend who reminded me. (Thanks Kal if you are reading this). I almost forgot about picking up my basket tonight, and I am so excited to get new fresh fruits and veggies.

I started my day off with the 5:30 a.m. strength training class, which I always love. It felt good to get up and go this morning. Then I had a nice healthy filling breakfast. So my day is starting off so good... hope it continues into this afternoon and I can keep my energy levels up.

Gratitude: Thankful for cooler weather, and thankful for being able to get up and go to ST class this morning.

WINS: Healthy breakfast, drinking water, ST class, scale was down, no junk food, no sugar.

have a great weekend.

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CHRISTINEBWD 7/25/2014 3:27PM

    Wow Kelli you are doing GREAT!!!

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STILLMENEWBODY 7/25/2014 11:54AM

    emoticon emoticon Have a HAPPY have earned it!

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REGINAROLLINS 7/25/2014 11:50AM

  AWESOME- good job-keep up the good work!!!!!!!

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Day 205

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today is day 205 in the year. Which means there are only 160 days left in the year. it is going by so very fast. So what am I doing lately. Not blogging! I just don't have much to say right now. I am still fighting the good fight, and still losing. But I am still incredibly tired, and I can't seem to figure it out. I am not sick, I feel fine, just really tired. I want the fatigue to just go away already.

Saving money update: I am actually doing it, and not pouting about it. I have been watching my pennies, and I haven't had to dip into my reserves at all. I really have to question myself on some things, but for the most part, I can live with a bit less and put money away. Hmmm maybe I am on to something here. With only next week left in the month, I think I will actually make it to the end of the month and that is something to be very thankful about. Food on the table, all needs are taken care of. And that is such a blessing right there.

Since my husband and I decided to save instead of having some of our annual fun things this year, we have made up for it and have had some family days that we wouldn't have had otherwise. So it is a win win.

Organizing/cleaning goal: Still trying to make this work. With my fatigue lately nothing is getting done but the bare minimum. I am not sure how to get more energy in the evening, but something has to give. I have done a lot all ready, but so need to really get on the ball and dive in headfirst. I need to start flinging stuff out of the house, and not bring in more stuff.

And of course losing weight is still ongoing, but I seem to be sticking right around the 160 mark. I can't seem to break through, and I go up a couple of pounds, then back down. So experimenting around to see if I can break through this plateau. I think I may need to add in more fruits because of all the exercise I have been doing lately. This is such a gray area for me, I have been told that fruits will cause me to not lose because of the sugar content, but has anyone really gotten fat from eating bananas??? And then I have had people tell me I can consume all the fruit I want, I mean even weight watchers doesn't have a point value for fruit. But the good news is I am still losing even if it is slow.

Now for some fun stuff:

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CHRISTINEBWD 7/25/2014 3:54PM

    Sorry that you have been so tired!

Cleaner eating (that is what I am following at camp) says 3 fruit servings only. So I haven't been going over that amount.

Looks like your son is having a great summer!!!

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BEACHCALSIX 7/25/2014 11:31AM

    I have been eating strawberries like crazy and still lose. In fact I have them with non fat cool whip. I get the serving size (2 tablespoons) put it on a plate with about 6-8 strawberries and it fills me up really good for under 100 calories yum. fruit sugars are completely different from normal sugar. It won't let you gain weight like regular sugar does. Only if you eat a bucketful. Just don't overdo it and you're fine.
Bananas do have a lot of calories though so don't eat a whole bunch all at once. 1-2 small bananas is good and fills you up. I like to drizzle a tiny bit of non fat chocolate syrup on a small to medium banana yum :)
Great job on the savings! I'm also trying to save for our vacation next month. Only about $20 so far...ugh soo hard. Trying to save up atleast $100 by then! Any tips are appreciated :D

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ACRAIG921 7/24/2014 2:11PM

    I agree. Keep logging all food and activities. I've finally gotten better about being honest about my food. I have to say it helps me see what and how much I put into my body. It makes me accountable.

Glad to hear the money saving is going well. I'm getting ready to pay the bills for the week and I think we are in a good place too.

Thanks for posting the pics. You look like you are having fun.

Keep up the good work!! emoticon

Have a great day!

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PATTIMET 7/24/2014 12:59PM

    Stick with it. Are you logging your food, maybe you are missing something in your diet that with the extra activity is leaving you drained. If that doesn't work, check with your doctor - you may have an iron or B vitamin deficiency or a thyroid issue, all of these thing may cause fatigue.

Eat the fruit - high in sugar but also usually high in fiber.

Good job on the lose so far and keep up the good work. emoticon

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Haven't been here in a while...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Wow, I haven't been here in a while. So much in the last week has gone on, and I was hoping to have some fun pictures to post but haven't gotten that far yet. So I will start with last weekend.

B29 Bomber Plane ride: This was so much fun. I went up in a B29 bomber flight plane, got a little tour of Boise, and then landed again. Talk about missing the cushy jet airliner. It was hot and dusty, and not much in the way of safety features. I could just imagine the hot weather, being in a full jump suit, and having bullets being shot at you. I can't even imagine what those guys went through in World War II. It was quite an experience and one I will remember for a long time to come. The whole experience really made you stop and remember what our vets did for us.

After Saturday, I came down with a cold, and haven't had any energy to do anything. No exercise, eating plan out the window, and early bed times. I hate being sick, and tired. Starting to feel better, so getting back on track today!

I am still on my saving money plan, and it is actually going pretty well. While I have had moments of not being able to do something that I normally would, I am trying really hard to reason it out and tell myself that I have to do this. For the most part, there hasn't been any change except I am not buying mindlessly at the grocery store and have cut out a lot of my runs to the corner store. That in itself is saving me a bundle. This last weekend, we took the little guy swimming at my aunt's pool, and we had a wonderful afternoon. And since I have been sick, we haven't been going anywhere.

Organizing/ruthless cleaning plan: On my sick day yesterday I cleaned, cleaned, cleaned. I had the baby home with me, so napping was out of the question. I got him on board, and he helped me put away laundry, wash dishes, and pick up his toys. I got almost all of the laundry washed, dried and put away, even all of the baby clothes. Went through some of the baby clothes and got rid of a bunch of stuff that was too small. I even got the bag out of the house and donated this morning.
Today's chore is going to be mopping the floors, the bathroom, and vacuuming. Then I am going to sit back and enjoy my clean house, to dive in tomorrow with my kitchen. I am going to get ruthless, and pretend that I am moving. Everything is coming out and everything that goes back in is going to have a home.

I was up about 1.5 pounds this morning because I have NOT been eating right. Time to get it together and start eating right again. And drinking that water.

I will try to get pictures up next week.

Have a great weekend everyone! Me, I have no plans. It is going to be a relaxing time at home, with maybe some swimming at my aunt's house.

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ACRAIG921 7/18/2014 2:22PM

    The plane ride sounds fun. Sorry to hear that you've not been feeling well :( I have to say you are quite productive when you are sick!! I tend to be the miserable one laying on the couch!! I'm glad you have your son helping you out. They don't see cleaning as work, they think it's fun. I miss those days.

I hope you start feeling better. You will get back on track, no worries.


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CHRISTINEBWD 7/18/2014 1:57PM

    So sorry you are sick! Hope you get well quickly!!! Sounds like your son is your best little helper though! How sweet. Have a great weekend!

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Positive Thursday

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Good Morning,
Today is positive Thursday. And I am trying really hard to stay focused and positive. I am coming down with a cold, and I am so very tired today. I want to go home and bury myself into my bed and take a nice long nap.

Camp Savings won, so that starts today (payday). I am going to use the envelope system, it seems to be to easy to transfer money from savings to checking when I need a few dollars. So I am going to just remove it from the bank, and stash it in a safe place that I can't get too. Ha ha...

As I was looking at my finances, this could get interesting. I am left with about $200 to go two weeks on. Sticking with the fun portion of this, I am going to have to get creative in the kitchen and bring our food bill down to about $50 for this next week. Yikes....

And here is my list of some fun things to do:

Use coupon for a free day at the zoo.
Use coupon for a free day at the local pool.
Get the firepit from "grandma's" house and make smores in the front yard.
Go to the park and play in the fountain.
BBQ at grandma's house.

That will keep us going for five weekends.

Gratitude: Thankful for having a job to come to, and making enough money to save some of it even if it is reevaluating my lifestyle. Thankful for having a brain to use it in creative ways.

WINS: Getting up and coming to work.

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CHRISTINEBWD 7/10/2014 3:56PM

    Sorry that you are getting a cold Kelli! I found a site on line once that had a pretty good food budget menu... but I cannot remember the name of it! You may need to cruise around and find something else. Let me know if you do okay?

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ACRAIG921 7/10/2014 2:34PM

    Thanks for your blog. I hope you are feeling better soon.

I know how it is about stretching a dollar as far as it will go. I've never done the envelope system, but I am a firm believer in coupons. I would like to know if you think it works for you. It sounds like you have some good ideas for free fun stuff. I hope you have good weather on those days.

Have a great day :)

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Another Wednesday

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

As my A/C - Heater saga continues I am finding myself in a dilemma. I paid off my credit card back in February, (finally) after months of trying to get it paid off, so I have the money I need to fix it right now and put it on my credit card. Or I can scrimp, cut back, no splurges for three months and save the $1500 I need.

I have put this out there for my Spark Friends and so far everyone is in the save camp. I haven't heard one person tell me to use my credit card. This is interesting to me... I will write another blog on that.

So I went through my finances, (I am not a money whiz by any stretch of the imagination.) And I found that in the last month I had spent over $500 on what I call splurges. To fund my heater, I need to save $500 per month. In black and white there was my savings.

I find that I spend a ton of money on things I don't necessarily need. Wants I suppose. It looks like I can cut way back, and still be able to buy a few things that aren't needs but are to me. Such as having my nails done, I won't have to cut that out. I will have to cut out the random trips to the grocery store, the random trips to buy a soda pop. I need to embrace water. No more energy drinks that make me sleepy and crash.

So I have a new plan and I am going to make this fun. I have never been a "saver" but it is so time to get on the simplistic lifestyle and get some dollars in the bank. Because this is the first of problems. I will need a new roof in a couple of years... hoping the one I have now will hold out for another year. I am going to need a new fence, and I need to start saving money now. I also want to do Christmas... and not go into debt for that.

So making it fun, instead of thinking about what I am going to miss out on have to cancel I am going to set up new ideas that are inexpensive. I am going to watch the money I spend at the grocery store. I can still eat healthy and prepare really good meals for my family and not spend a ton of money.

For the months of August, September and October, we are on the hunt for inexpensive and fun things to do. Part of my plan is to hit Operation Cleaning really hard because less stuff is less money to maintain. And I am going to make this fun to see if I can really do it.

Gratitude - Today I am thankful for showers in my workplace. I did a run in the 100* heat today and that shower was worth its weight in gold. I am also thankful for being blessed with a neighbor that celebrated her 90th birthday last night. It was awesome.

WINS: Drinking all of my water, getting to my strength training class and staying within calories even with cake last night. Having the right attitude to save money instead of complaining about my lot in life and blaming everyone and everything around me.

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CHRISTINEBWD 7/9/2014 7:56PM

    You have a great attitude!!! I know you can make this fun without being miserable! emoticon

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