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January 5th, 2015 at 06:46 pm

I went back to work today - boo! I got up fairly early, gathered up my pre-made lunch and workout clothes and headed into the gym at work. I arrived later than planned and considered skipping the workout and just taking a shower, which I desperately needed! (My bathroom renovation project is still in progress, so I am without a tub/shower. I showered at a friend's house every few days over my break, but her husband had an accident this weekend and I didn't want to bust in on their lives yesterday.) Then I realized there was no way I was going to convince myself to exercise this evening after work, so I decided to do the workout and just arrive later at work than I wanted to.

I did 30 minutes on the treadmill - 10 minutes warm up walking, 15 jogging with some fast sprints thrown in at the end, 5 minutes cool down walking, followed by 10 minute of yoga stretching. One of my main goals when I exercise is to remain injury free, so I always ease in, cool down and stretch (although sometimes I get lazy and don't do much stretching). Yay - I then showered and felt great afterward. So glad I "just did it"! My weight was 141 this morning, so possibly a pound or two lighter.

I spent some time yesterday preparing food for the week with items I had that needed to be used up. I made three salads for M, T, W lunches and an egg bake with eggs, milk, local kale, scallions, goat cheese, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano that I will slice and eat for breakfasts. Here's what I ate around 10:00a today:


The egg bake was tasty and the pear was perfect and delicious. Salad and clementine for lunch, although the fruit was not tasty, so I ended up composting half of it. Dinner was pasta with broccoli, carrots, kale, scallions, tuna, kidney beans topped with olive oil, salt & pepper. I'll have the same for dinner on Tuesday. I started "no sugar" today and will have freshly ground peanut butter with raisins if I get a craving this evening.

I'm determined to have a very small food budget this month by using up what I already have. I should only need to buy fresh veggies and fruit for at least the first two weeks.

Lunch for three days


I've already checked off some of my weekly financial to dos!

Called my doctor's office for a massage referral and I already received it electronically! I usually forget to do this at the beginning of each year and it takes me forever to contact the doctor, which delays the massage therapist's billing, because the insurance company needs the referral form to pay out. She will be very excited when I see her on Wednesday with form in hand!

I printed out the bathroom contractor's bill and gave him a check this evening when I got home since he was still there working.

Before I left work, I scanned the healthcare account paperwork and emailed it to the processing office. I think the $1400 reimbursement will be mailed in check form. I should probably figure out how to have it direct deposited for next year, but at the moment I just want it done and on its way.

I'm going to attempt to go to the gym before work again tomorrow. Same workout as today. It's hard to cut back to 30 minutes after having so much time during break to exercise, but I know that 30 minutes done consistently is better than longer sessions done sporadically. I sometimes get caught in a trap of thinking I need to do long workouts and then I avoid them because I don't have time or energy. So shorter and sweet should do the trick this week.

3 Responses to “back to reality”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like you made a good start to your week back to work!

  2. starfishy Says:

    FT - yes it was a good start! slowed down today because it feels like i'm getting sick Frown but trying not to lose momentum too quickly...

  3. snafu Says:

    Starfiishy, I hope this reaches you...
    http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/general-discussion/78592-2015-decluttering-thread.html

    Saving Advice Forum side Discussion section 2015 thread headed by Disney Steve called Declutter.

    II used to be a regular participant on Marcia Gracia's NewLetter found at getorganizednow.com that you might like to try stays company ready with about 30 minutes of effort daily.

    The most important protocols for me were to define clutter as anything not used or needed in the past 18 - 24 months.
    * If it doesn't serve us, it needs to go... sold, re-gifted, donated, recycled or trashed.
    * Anything new in requires something
    * Everything needs a 'home,' kept where it's used Set the timer for 15 minutes and play 'Beat the Clock' tidying all principal rooms, cups to DW, backpacks to departure door, bkfst non perishables @ table, takeaway lunches in fridge, tomorrow's clothes hung on the back of the bdrm door etc. [I see it as the most critical part of my day, it sets the tone for the next day's departure....]

    sorry, likely more than you want or need










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