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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!

AdSense Questions

May 29th, 2007 at 06:47 pm

I know very little about AdSense but decided to add it to one of my blogs since that site gets thousands of hits per month. It is basically my hobby site but it seems that many bloggers have this type of advertising on their sites and some seem to make money with it. Does anyone here have any experience with AdSense? Do you really make money with it?

Mid Weekend Update

May 27th, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Friday was a bit of a bummer...no money manifested, had a hideous head cold and just kind of hung around the house all day. Yesterday was a bit better. Things that I will attribute to manifested money (and when I say manifested money I mean something of a financial gain which was unexpected): a frapuccino from Starbucks (hubby was driving by one and thought of me and brought it to me at work--a nice suprise), a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the Pikes Place market (see above) that friends brought when they stopped by, and three small boxes of cereal from the manufacturer that were tucked in with my newspaper in the morning--Cheerios...Yummy!

Still Manifestin'

May 24th, 2007 at 09:14 pm

Today's totally unexpected "manifested money" was a $40 Starbucks gift certificate that a client slipped under my office door as a thank you (for what Im not sure).
~I am a money magnet...I am a money magnet...I am a money magnet~

Top 10 Financial Rip Offs

May 23rd, 2007 at 08:32 pm

Entering the contest and venting at the same time...here's my list:

1) Payday lenders.

2) Time shares.

3) Leasing cars, furniture, etc.

4) Multi-level marketing programs.

5) Lotteries.

6) Rent-to-own (furniture, appliances, etc)

7) Credit cards in general, especially those with double digit interest rates.

8) Adjustable rate mortgages (in many cases).

9) Gambling.

10) Co signing for a loan for someone who doesn't have the financial ability to get the loan on their own.

Did I forget anything?

Nothing Really Manifesting Today

May 23rd, 2007 at 08:17 pm

Still doing the money manifesting experiment. Didn't get anything unexpected today. I didn't count the paycheck received from a client because that was regular earnings.

I read more from Steve Pavlina's site on this subject and he said that when you first start manifesting you will see some small immediate results then a lull where you may get nothing for a while then the floodgates open. I will keep concentrating and wait for overwhelming abundance!

One small thing that did happen today is when I got my haircut I noticed a lady in front of me using a punch card. I have been going to this salon for ages and never knew they had a punch card where after ten punches you get a free service. The lady at the desk gave me the card and punched all of my visits for th last six months so that was something nice and unexpected.

Money Manifested To Date

May 22nd, 2007 at 09:56 pm

This money manifestation thing really seems to be working! Today I got a totally unexpected $86 dollars Smile

Manifested money totals:
Day 1 May 18 used a gift certificate that was donated and found about $2 in coins $47
Day 2 May 19 bus for field trip broke down so will get a $150+ refund
Day 3 May 20 hubby was feeling generaous and filled my gas tank which cost about $42
Day 4 May 21 between coupons and markdowns, saved about $4 when shopping
Day 5 May 22 bought a couple of things for a friend a few months ago and she unexpectedly paid me back today, also found $10 for a total of $86


Still Experimenting

May 21st, 2007 at 09:57 pm

Yesterday I stayed home all day--it was a super busy week so it was nice to just chill for a day. Even though I didn't go anywhere or do anything, hubby took my car and filled it up with gas so I counted that as a little response to my money manifesting experiment.

Today there were no big financial suprises but I was happy to find one of those yummy already-cooked rotisserie chickens for a dollar off because it was after 4pm. Another sign?

Overall Im still experimenting with this money manifesting thing and after reading more of the "how to" about it, I guess it takes a bit of time to get past "little" unexpected amounts of money to the bigger windfalls.