Monday, February 13, 2012

Challenge updates and parents' absence

With my parents gone, nothing gets done at their house. That includes groceries, cooking, cleaning, laundry, feeding the dog, etc. Sadly, I am the type that will get them done for them, so I was traveling back and forth mid last week to go to my parents' house and clean and cook and play Cinderella man. I've also been rather upset at how things are going down on that home-front and my parents in general, but I won't bore you with that.

This weekend I had to work on Friday on my part time job (left right after my full time job), then crashed at my parents' house and did more cleaning and cooking in the morning, then went shopping. For myself. Yay! I have a new pair of jeans. I was proud of myself. I was looking for a very specific jacket which one of my younger brothers had 'borrowed' from me yet never returned, and I also found that after only 2.5 hours of searching. I don't get why/how people can like shopping. It was driving me nuts!

I don't have the exact numbers right now, but this weekend was expensive, while still within budget. I did buy food (twice) for my parents' house, but I am taking that out of the money I was supposed to pay to them anyway (I pay an additional $100/mo to help with the phone bills or whatever else needs to be paid). So it won't throw my February budget out of balance.

I had a chance to weigh myself, and for the Erika's 10lb challenge, I've lost 3~4lbs, and we're halfway through the challenge! It's ok, I always start slow. Like, very very slow. But I must kick it into high gear if I want to still be part of the -10lb club. I will be doing a bit more walking, which I did some last week, but not enough because I was mostly traveling or doing chores. I do feel clothes fitting a lot nicely, so that's always a plus.

Last, for Carla's low-spend February, I'm still right on track and need to get my numbers together tonight. For the de-cluttering challenge, I did clean on Thursday if I remember correctly, but I didn't take any photos. Have to do that tonight. I actually know where my things are again! Hurray!

I'll be catching up to everyone's posts soon. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

PS: And to the few of you that have today off or next Monday or both, I'm jealous! I want a Monday off!
PPS: And to those of us that get paid on a bi-weekly basis, if you get paid this week, then March is a 3-paycheck month. Hurray!


  1. Wow, you've been busy! I don't like shopping, and it amazes me how much money people spend, especially on clothes.
    Congratulations on staying within a budget last week!

  2. I don't even want to look at Eric'a challenge. I'm sure I'm failing. Still only at 3lbs. here.
    We're doing this together!

  3. Well, I'm a member of the first group - I get next Monday OFF!! But sadly not the 2nd group - I only ever get paid twice a month, for a total of 24 pays a year. Doesn't seem like much!

  4. I am the opposite of Jane..I have to work on Monday but I get paid three times in March.

    Congrats on buying yourself something. I can tell you have something mulling around in your brain that you are trying to figure out and I hope you are able to find the best decision for you!!!!

    Remember no matter how slowly you are getting ahead(I am trying to smell the roses myself)and you are doing great


  5. You are doing awesome man. Look at all the things you are juggling.

    Congratulations is all I have to say. Don't let anything get you down.

    I never get Mondays off but I would never want them off lol and I get paid weekly so it's a bit different for me.

    Enjoy life Tanner. It made me happy to read that you bought something for yourself and seem to be in good spirits for the most part. Keep it up.

  6. I wish I got one of those days off, but I don't :(

  7. Note that we are 4 weeks in, so you are only 1/3 of the way through the challenge (it is 10 lbs in 12 weeks:). You need to have lost 3 and 1/3 lbs to be on track as of Monday.

  8. hey we are both in the same boat! I lost 3.4 and need to kick it up if I plan on making it to the 10 Pound Club!