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Day 9, 10, 11, 12 Update...Fell Off the Wagon :(

June 12th, 2007 at 07:54 pm

The last few days have been rather disappointing...and I was doing so well. This usually happens around the tenth day of any big goal I have but here is the update:

Exercise: Days 9, 10 and 11 no exercise (busy...blah, blah ,blah. That is usually an excuse for everything). Day 12 got outside and walked for one hour so this counts as hopping back on the wagon I think.

Spanish: Yes on days 9, 11, and 12. None on day 10 (I'll use busy as an excuse here as well).

Savings: nothing added for all four days.

Debt payment: ditto

Starbucks: this is sad...day 9 was fine, no Starbucks. Day 10 got a craving so went to the store and got some milk and coffee ice cream so I could make a frappuccino at home and not cave into purchsing said offeding item from said offending company. Day 11 made another coffee milkshake at home. Day 12 was really busy and I was really dragging about 4pm so broke down and went to Starbucks. Aarrggg Strangly, I felt like an addict looking for a fix. Eyed the parking lot suspiciously since DH knew I had sworn off Starbucks for a month--didn't want him to see me. Got my Frap and was in momentary heaven (maybe it was the caffein burst?). Then felt bad for falling off the wagon and not keeping to my goal.

I'm hoping tomorrow goes better...

Day 8 of 30 Update

June 8th, 2007 at 10:47 pm

Amazingly enough I'm still on track with my goals for the month. Here's today's report:

--Starbucks: none for 8 days (a record!)
--Exercise: 1 hour on the treadmill
--Spanish: 1 hour listening to language lesson CD on my way to a meeting
--Savings: added $10 ($128)
--Debt payment: none (still waiting for my bonus check)

Day 7 of 30

June 7th, 2007 at 08:46 pm

Today's Update

--Spanish 45 minutes
--Starbucks none Smile
--Exercise 1 hour on treadmill
--Savings added $13 for a total of $118
--Debt paid nothing Frown total $17,880

I guess the hardest part of this 30 day thing is finding the time. Because I am basically forcing myself to meet my goals and I don't want to come on here and report that nothing happened or worse, that I gave up on my goals, I now have to carve out two hours a day to work towards these goals (one hour for exercising which I wasn't doing before and 45 minutes to an hour to study Spanish--also something I wasn't doing previously).

Anyway, I think it is well worth it although I don't seem to be losing weight but then I figured it took like a year of sucking down frappuccinos daily to get this way so expecting the weight to magically fall off in seven days isn't going to happen...

Day 6 of 30 Update

June 6th, 2007 at 08:47 pm

Quick Update...
--exercise: 1 hour on stair climber (not my machine of choice but the only one available at the time)
--Spanish: 1 hour (read through the next chapter while I was on the stair climber)
--Savings: added $50 (total $105)
--Debt Payment: none (total $17880)
--Starbucks: none

Day 5 of 30 Update

June 5th, 2007 at 06:37 pm

I feel so productive today! Here's what I did in terms of my goals:

--Spanish: studied for an hour while I waited for a group of people that I dropped off at a meeting
--Exercise: walked on the treadmill (3 mph) for an hour.
--Starbucks: none; I walked right by it at the mall today and wasn't even tempted.
--Savings: added $10 (total $55)
--Debt: paid off a $221 credit card (total debt now $17,880)

Day 4 of 30

June 4th, 2007 at 08:04 pm

A quick update...

Exercise: one hour water aerobics
Spanish: study for half hour
Savings: 0 added= $45
Debt payment: 0 paid= $18,100
Starbucks: none Smile

Day 3 of 30

June 3rd, 2007 at 09:34 pm

Today's Update:
--Spanish: studied for over an hour
--Savings: added $5
--Exercise: one hour of racquetball (OMG that's too long to play racquetball!)
--Debt payment: nothing, waiting for a bonus check and will use that to make a significant dent in my debt
--Starbucks: none, to date have saved $14 and about 1500 calories Smile

Day 2 of 30

June 2nd, 2007 at 08:45 pm

Daily Update

--exercise: one hour walking
--Starbucks/BR: none (and have the caffeine withdrawal headache to prove it)
--savings: added $20 for total of $40
--Spanish: 45 minutes
--debt repayment: none Frown

Day 1 of 30

June 1st, 2007 at 09:40 pm

So busy today but here is the update after day 1 of my 30 day experiment:

--power walked around the neighborhood for one hour this morning. I didn't realize so many people are up and active and outside at 7am!
--no Starbucks or Baskin Robbins today Smile
--added $20 to savings (total in savings=$20)
--just paid regular bills today so no money put towards debt (total debt $18,100)
--worked on my Spanish for a half hour today ~que bueno~

30 Days

May 31st, 2007 at 09:02 pm

I like Morgan Spurlock. He was the guy who made the movie 'Supersize Me' and then the series '30 Days'. If you haven't seen '30 Days' he resolved to do something for 30 days just to see what would happen. Once he and his fiance lived on minimum wage for 30 days then after that he found other people to do 30 day challenges and record what happened.

That's how I got the idea to try to change my life for 30 days--I think it is easier to set goals with a definite end date instead of some fuzzy "forever" date.

Thus, starting tomorrow, I resolve to:
--exercise for at least an hour every day (this is important but I never have time because I am usually so busy with work).
--no Starbucks or Baskin Robbins (I stop at one of these places almost every day for a high calorie whipped drink which actually is a big waste of money and is rapidly expanding my waist line Frown ).
--make a significant dent in my debt (starting point is $18,100).
--make a positive impact in my savings (starting point is $0).
--practice Spanish at least 30 minutes each day (I really need to brush up my elementary level abilities because my job basically requires that I speak Spanish to clients almost every day and there are a whole bunch of verbs in this language and knowing only one form of each verb is not a good thing).

That's it. I hope that reporting here each day will push me to stick to my goals for at least a month. At the end of this I would like to be thin, healthy, debt free, have lots of money in savings and speak Spanish fluently!