Thursday, March 12, 2015

Joined a Gym

I'm taking charge and made the decision to join a gym. Yep more money out of the chequing account but I needed to take action.

Working out at home wasn't working out. So I did some research and found a place that I can get to from work fairly easily. I splurged a bit and got the membership that included 12 sessions with a personal trainer.

Today I met my trainer and we got my measurements and discussed goals. Tuesday is my first workout with her and I have a feeling I'm going to get my ass kicked. Which it totally needs.

Here's to future progress!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Easy Lunch Boxes

*DISCLAIMER*

I have not been paid for this little review. I purchased this with my own money.

In my previous post I briefly mentioned taking my lunch everyday to work this month. Part of the reason for this was because of the Easy Lunch Boxes I bought.



I totally *LOVE* them. I can take any number of things in them for my lunch all in ONE container. This, it turns out, is really important to me. Less for me to haul around and I'm more likely to eat everything in it. Also there's less dishes to wash!

So far it's been mostly sandwiches, fruits, and veggies. Several times though I've done my own version of a lunchable and it's been great!

It's inspired me to get more varied in the types of sandwiches that I'm taking and I'm looking forwards to spring/summer when there'll be lots of fresh produce around.

I paid $15.95 + tax (no shipping because I had a trial of Amazon Prime at the time) for 4 containers and lids. That's basically $4 per box. A pretty good deal if you ask me. ESPECIALLY when I think of how much money I've saved by not buying lunches (and calories for that matter). So far they've held up well.

If you're looking for an easy lunch container solution I would definitely recommend them!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Taking Care of Adult Things

So today after work I made it a point to go across the street to my dentist's office and book an appointment for a checkup and cleaning. I've been putting this off for a while. My last visit was in 2012 just before my school benefits ran out. After that I didn't work for 2 years. So the dentist fell by the wayside. Then last summer I got benefits but I still put off going. Yeah I'm bad for the procrastination. Working on it.

But I did it. The appointment is made for next Monday and I know then I'll have to book another to get the process of getting my crowns done started. So the new phone I was hoping to buy will have to wait. I've been delaying the crowns for so long that it just has to get done. I have the money and I'll do it. All part of my goal of taking care of myself.

Sometimes it sucks being an adult.

On the plus side next Tuesday my new couch (I paid half and the boyfriend paid half--thanks Grandma and Grandpa who gifted me the money to buy a couch). I'm very excited for this.

Being an adult has it's perks LOL.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

End Of Month Update: January

So here's a quick update on how my resolutions for the year are going.

1. Stop procrastinating. This one still needs work. I'm getting a little better as things are getting done but my first inclination when I get home from work is to be a bum and spend 2 hours surfing the net.

2. Get my house cleaned and purged. This is on going. Nothing much has left the house yet. Did get some new shelves for the front hall so I have a place to store my purse and backpack that ISN'T the living room floor. Also this gets the reusable grocery bags off of the floor.

3. Improve my eating and drinking habits. This has been going great! I've taken my lunch to work every day! I've only had 2 Coca-Colas since posting my goals. That's HUGE for me! Working on drinking enough water consistently.

4. Take care of my physical self. Now that I've gotten a handle (mostly on my eating) I'm going to be upping the physical activity level in February. Still need to make sure I'm flossing regularily.

5. Take care of my mental self. I've been reading a lot more (yay!) and done some knitting. Not quite over the frantic knitting I had to do for Christmas I suppose.

6. Get a job in a library. This was a total fail. Did nothing for this. BAD ME. Something to work on in February.

7. Be less wasteful. We've been really good about using stuff up! Haven't had to toss a whole lot. Just some chinese food we forgot about.

8. Crack down on my spending. I've been pretty good about the spending. The shelves were paid for by the boyfriend so yay! Bought a new charging cord for my iPad. Going to go for even better in February. I'll be getting my new phone then hopefully. It will be fully paid for in cash so go me!

Overall it's been a good month but I know there's room for improvement.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Welcome (belatedly) to 2015!

Happy New Year!

It's late I know, I know. I've wanted to write this post for the past week and a half but between visiting my parents (who have SLOW SLOW internet), visiting with other family and friends and work it just hasn't happened.

But I'm doing it now and that counts for something right?

Which is my lame segue way into my resolutions/goals for 2015.

1. Stop procrastinating. This is a big one for me. I'm a huge procrastinator and I really want to break that habit. So my new motto is (to quot Nike) Just Do It! Whether it be dishes, laundry or whatever needs to be done. Just do it.

2. Get my house cleaned and purged. We (the boyfriend and I) have already started this. We did a run to Goodwill and the Ecostation today to get rid of stuff we didn't want, old electronics and a ton of recyclable material. We don't put our recycling out in the blue bags because we don't see the point of buying the bags when we're so close to recycling. I've also did 20 minutes cleaning on the spare room/office space today and it's better.

3. Improve my eating and drinking habits. Less crap food and drink more healthy options. A big part of this is continuing to cut back on my Coca-Cola intake. So far I've made it a week without one (a big deal for me considering I'm up at 4am most days and at work by 5am). My water intake has increased and I'm going to work on keeping at a decent level.

4. Take care of my physical self. I've lost 10lbs working the morning shift and I'd like to lose minimum another 10 lbs, hopefully 20. This would put me at a very healthy 120lbs. This is doable. This means upping my physical activity and sticking with goal/resolution 3. The other part of this is taking care of my skin, teeth, hair, etc. Making sure I wash and moisturize, brush my teeth and get to the dentist.

5. Take care of my mental self. Last year at this time I was depressed and in a funk. Now not so much. Getting a job helped big time. This year I'm going to be focusing on doing things that I love and make me happy. Making the time to knit and spend quality time with my friends is high up there.

6. Get a job in a library. Don't get me wrong I really like my current job but it's not something I want to be doing for the rest of my life (the free bread is really good though). I sort of gave up on a library job after I got my current job but now it's time to rededicate to breaking into the library field.

7. Be less wasteful. Me and the boyfriend have a bad habit in forgetting about food in the fridge, freezer and pantry. My goal is to make sure we're using it up and not tossing it.

8. Crack down on my spending. I got spendy the past few months and it's showing on my credit cards. I'm considering a shopping ban (aside from necessities and what I have on gift cards). I don't really need more stuff so I want to save money for debt repayment, savings and for things I'd like to replace (like my really old cellphone. It's a flip phone so that should tell you something). I really want my net worth number to get to the positive side.

So there you have it. It's a lot to accomplish and I just have to remember that I won't get it all in a month that I have a whole year to build up really good habits and to accomplish my goals.

Do you have any New Year's goals/resolutions?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust!

It's official.

I just paid off Student Loan #2.

It feels great. I can't wait to see it hit the $0 mark on the other end.

Time for some Queen: Another one bites the dust!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Goals & Budget

Yep. Been MIA for over a month. Not cool I know. I bought glasses and what not and then got depressed about my finances and couldn't be bothered to write up a blog. Not to mention being rather tired as I've been working the morning (5-5:30 start) shift. Let's just get to it shall we?

 

*Notes

  1. Rent is off again because I went for a massage in September and the reimbursement from my boyfriend's insurance is coming out of rent.
  2. Got a little spendy on Card #1
  3. Student Loan #2 is higher because that's the amount (give or take a few dollars because of interest) that is left owing on it.
So let's talk about note #3. Loan #2 will be paid off in October barring unforeseen circumstances. It would have been done in September but I had to pay off my glasses so that delayed things.

Also my raise finally went through last month as did my benefits. This first cheque will reflect both of those items for the first time and I'll have a more accurate picture of what my cheques are going to look like.

Goals
  1. Pay off Student Loan #1
  2. Get my house organized and clean
  3. Reduce my sugar intake
  4. Hula Hoop daily
  5. Continue doing Duolingo daily
  6. Make time to knit at 3x a week
So yeah. Been drinking a Coke a day again. These early mornings have been rough so I've resorted back to the Coke. Starting to get used to them so hoping to reduce my intake again. This is a constant battle. Also decided to refresh my French skills after hearing good things about Duolingo (a free app I've got on my iPad mini. I started back in September and things are coming back. I shall probably do a post about it this month.

An ambitious month but seeing as I've been lacking in ambition lately it's probably the kick I need.