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Health And Wealth Challenge: Week 3

Kit Kat's aren't good for fitness

I wish my kid would hurry up and eat this Kit Kat!

If you aren’t health or wealthy or trying to get there, I’m sure you’re bored with my last few Friday posts, but I’m determined to stay the course and complete Tonya’s Health and Wealth Challenge. I actually think I need to report to someone every month so I won’t lose the good habits I’ve been cultivating.

When I was younger, my Mom joined Weight Watchers a few times and always lost weight because she had to be weighed in front of people every week. Once she stopped, she always gained the weight back. I now understand the power or sharing with the public. I would have totally finished off that last Halloween Kit Kat if I didn’t have to report in!

In case you missed them, you can go back and read week 1 and week 2 if you want to track my progress.

Health: Nutrition

My main goal this week was to keep track of my eating with myfitness pal.com. I did do that, and actually ate really well. I think. It’s hard to quantify some foods, like my cheesy chicken chowder that I make at home. I try to overestimate when in doubt.

I felt the need to snack more this week, but have managed to avoid most candy, chips, or unhealthy snacks, well, except for the limited edition Holiday Peppermint ice cream. Have I ever said how much I love peppermint ice cream? My Granny used to buy it for the grandkids this time of year, and I think it was as much nostalgia as taste.  I also drank way too much Diet Pepsi again. I think it’s hopeless.

Next week is Thanksgiving, and we are traveling. It will be a challenge to keep tracking all my food, but I hope I can stick with it. I will probably splurge a few times next week, but I’m OK with that as long as I get back on the wagon after the holiday.

Health: Exercise

Here are my workouts from this week with normal in black and added stuff in blue. This week, I’m proud to say that I got in four days of decent stretching and I tried to go for walks when I had the chance.

Saturday: Run 2 miles, 30 minutes on ellipitical trainer. Walk one mile while doing arm exercises with weights. 

Sunday: Jog/Walk/Sprint intervals for 3 miles, 25 minutes on ellipitcal. Stretch 10 minutes

Monday: Mean Monday Strength Class (Had lots of stretching). Walked 2 miles during lunch break. 

Tuesday: 50 minutes on elliptical trainer. Walk 1 mile. Stretch 10 minutes.

Wednesday: Spinning Class. Walk 1.5 miles while daughter is at dance class. 

Thursday: Run 1.5 miles. Elliptical 25 minutes. 10 minutes of stretching. 

Friday: Run 3 miles. 15 minutes legs/squats/lunges.

Next week, I hope to do something active every day. We’ll be in Phoenix, so I plan to do some hiking in the warm weather.


Our fourplex hit it’s first snag with the appraisal getting delayed. Apparently it’s a complex property, so they need more time. This will probably push our closing back a week, which is not the end of the world, but certainly stalls the momentum.

I did drop some stuff off  at the consignment store and picked up $30 from things previously sold.

I also was happy to have another post featured on Lifehacker. While that does not directly improve my wealth, an uptick in blog traffic is always a good thing.

For next week, my goal is to not be sucked into any Black Friday “deals.”

How are you going to stay on track with your health and wealth goals over Thanksgiving?


About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Sounds like you’re doing really well on this challenge, Kim! I love peppermint ice cream too–oh man, it is so good. I used to be a Diet Coke fiend and I was actually able to give it up by drinking seltzer instead. I couldn’t drop it for just plain water, but bubbly water did the trick. I haven’t had a soda in months (which is saying something from this former can-a-day gal). Good luck next week! I’ve got to be careful and reign in my pie eating!

  2. I have the same problem with the food tracker. Some of our recipes are really hard to quantify. Looks like you are doing really well with the challenge!

  3. To echo what Tre said, it’s so hard to figure out how many calories are in something random, and this week was full of randomness again which offered me free food, but then again probably more calories and no tracking in myfitnesspal. Maybe I’m not meant to do that?? Geez, I don’t know. Either way, I need to stop accepting free food or accept that fact that it’s better for my wallet but I may not be as toned as I want to be. I guess it’s not the end of the world. Nice job on your accomplishments and workouts, and hopefully you can enjoy some warmer weather in Phoenix!

  4. Earlier this week, I had a doctor’s appointment and the scale read a scary number. I did crazy things most of the week to get serious about getting my weight under control, only to realize it was 10 pounds off. It was a good wake up call and I am happy to report that I have lost almost 2 pounds this week because of it. I have been preparing or a big meeting all week, so that kept the spending in check as well. We are hosting Thanksgiving, though, so some of that savings will be wiped away.

  5. I’m trying to avoid Black Friday too. When my friends (inevitably) ask me to go with them I’m going to try my hardest to say ‘NO!’ 🙂

  6. Looks like you’re doing really well overall Kim. The challenge for me has been avoiding the stuff family has been sending us with it being the holidays…but I’m so close to my goal that it’s not worth giving into it. We’ll be hosting Thanksgiving so that’ll make it even easier to avoid the Black Friday mess.

  7. Sounds like you’re doing great, Kim. And congratulations on getting another post promoted by LifeHacker: what’s the secret?

    • If I knew the secret, I’d do it every week. I have no idea other than just keep plugging away with the best content you can produce and hopefully someone will recognize your efforts at some point.

  8. Always amazed at the amount of exercise you fit in, Kim!!! Doing well here too – staying largely away from sugar and flour, and staying VERY active as we declutter and organize the house. 🙂

  9. Great job with the exercising and tracking your calories! Hopefully you’ll be able to pick back up after Thanksgiving!

  10. I’m going to stay on track with my wealth goals by continuing to put int he time needed to make my side hustles successful. As far as health, I didnt’ work out as much as I would have liked this week. I will work out at least 4 days next week, though.

  11. I’ve been getting the workouts going last week. Don’t want to get those extra winter hibernation pounds!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving! Try to still track what you eat despite the occasion. Or, would you like to take a break? maybe you could just catch up after the Thanksgiving. Whatever your decision Kim. I know you’re on the right track. Keep it up!

  13. I’m wishing that I had joined in on Tonya’s challenge… I can totally see the benefit of the publicly announcing. Peer pressure is a crazy thing.
    Here’s hoping the fourplex deal comes together.

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