Today marks ONE MONTH!!! I have been blogging.
Cue the confetti and balloon drop.
So far I consider myself successful. I have presented a new post to this blog every day this month. I think you will find I can be rather erratic in my topics. I will talk about nearly anything that is on my mind that day. Some of my post have been long. Others have been short. But I feel they were all the perfect length considering the topics I presented in each. So I am happy.
For those of you who joined me this last month, thanks! How on earth you managed to find me I do not know. I have caroused WordPress to try to learn all the ins and outs of this place. But it still baffles me how anyone can search for and find me. Because I am sure I am in the bottom of the barrel. I can only imagine the other amazing and wondrous blogs you all read before eventually finding me here.
Tonight I have been evaluating my budget. It did stay below my budget. Even so, one thing is very clear to me… I need more money. I have had to slap my hands away from so many pretty clothes. And The Limited has just informed me I only need to spend $68 more on my The Limited credit card and I will receive my first reward. I also received in the mail $15 off my next purchase because February is MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!
Cue the coupons bursting forth from air canons and fluttering through the air as I spin in circles with a smile upon my face and arms stretched out.
I have also received my birthday coupons from Victoria’s Secret. And I know tomorrow morning I will be greeted with an email from Red Robin informing there is a free burger this month and it has my name on it. Now if only a bottle of wine would also magically appear in my mailbox I would be all set.
I am still freaked about my finances. Even if I stick to my budget I am looking at spending more than I anticipate earning this year. That especially has me on edge because I do not know what I will be doing on April 16th. Or rather, April 17th. I think a spa day is in order on the 16th. Wait, scratch that. I have a budget. And the budget does not include spa days.
I do not feel I tried as hard to stick to my budget as I should have. Yes, I was within my budget. But I was still purchasing things I do not need. Well, maybe I did need them. Did I really need the over-sized wool knit sweater? It was $15. It is very warm and period bloating friendly. But did I really need it? I do not know. There are many things that I feel I need but I end up waiting six months to a year to get them. Like my skinny jeans. My last pair I received for Christmas 2010 when I was 30 pounds heavier. I still tried to wear them even after I lost weight. But I ended up donating them to Good Will spring 2012. I did not buy myself another pair of skinny jeans until this fall. So even though I waited so long before replacing them, did I really need to have a pair of skinny jeans?
I need to truly analyze everything I purchase. I am currently not paying rent, health insurance, or half of my food. And someday Matt and I will be living on not much more than what I am currently making. I really need to figure this out before then.
My weight goal for the year was to lose three pounds every month. This month I lost nine pounds.
Cue the marching band and the majorettes.
I knew I would lose a lot this month. You always lose the most amount of weight right when you begin your diet. I will still probably lose more than my goal was for this month and maybe even for March. The problem will come in April and beyond. It is always the last 10 pounds that seem to cling to my thighs for dear life.
Matt has been doing great! He has lost 13 pounds this month! He still has a little to go before he reaches his weight loss goal. I am so proud of him for not giving up. He has done so much to help keep me on track.
So for my 2014 resolution evaluation from here forward:
1) Keep kicking butt and writing posts. Despite internet woes I have found I can still manage a post via my phone.
2) Since clothing seems to be my biggest budget concern, I need to go through all of my clothing and decide if I need to donate any. I will probably find some older pieces that I have not wore in quite some time. Possibly I need to re-purpose some clothing to make it more fashionable and to get me to wear it more often.
3) Alright Ashley, you had your bag of chips for dinner tonight. But tomorrow is the start of a brand-new month. Put the chips away. I don’t care the Super Bowl is on Sunday! Stick to your calories. Get your yoga mat out again and burn some calories if you just have to have that bowl of ice cream. Maybe use your YMCA membership to go use the treadmill there. Do not worry about your high school classmates being there with their kids for karate practice. Keep looking straight ahead.
Here’s to one month down, eleven more to go!