I want to again thank Tonya for the Health and Wealth Challenge. I thought I was pretty healthy before, but it has really made me think about eating and how I don’t have to enter the holiday season like a bear preparing for hibernation. I also do my best work when I’m challenged because I hate to fail.
Week two was a bit harder because I worked in the office more than normal. It’s always good for the wallet, but not so much for having time to try new fitness routines. In case you missed it, here was my report from week 1.
Luckily my juice fast last week killed all the cravings for candy and sweets that I’d been having since before Halloween. I was really glad to get back to real food, and I’m trying not to to negate all that juicing by pigging out. When I do work a long day, I’m very bad about coming home starved and heading for the snack cupboard. I do realize we could stop buying snacks, but with a 7 year old, that’s nearly impossible.
My goal this week was to eat smaller meals or snacks every two to three hours and track all of my eating at myfitnesspal.com. This required lots of cooking and planning over the weekend so as not to make unauthorized trips for take out or last minute rotisserie chickens. I also wanted to avoid processed foods as much as possible.
I did awesome with tracking all my food and staying within my daily calorie allowance. Because I had to record everything, I didn’t want to snack, but I did go back on the Diet Pepsi bandwagon. I’m not sure why I can’t have more than one good habit at a time. Next week I’m hoping to track my eating without having soda every day. Isn’t there a snack that is healthy, has almost no calories, and tastes good?
Exercise was also a challenge as I worked out of town three days this week. With the commute, it certainly limited time available for working out. Would you agree that work gets in the way of all the stuff you want to do?
I did exercise every day but did not work on strength as much as I’d hoped, and I didn’t stretch at all except for last weekend. I hope to have more time next week.
Here are my workouts with normal stuff in black and new additions in blue.
Saturday: 45 minutes stationary bike. 10 minutes of stretching, not as awful this week.
Sunday: Run 3.2 miles. 15 minutes strength training with dumbells. 5 minutes stretching.
Monday: 30 minutes elliptical machine. 20 minutes of legs, arms, abs.
Tuesday: 45 minutes on stationary bike
Wednesday: Spin Class (had to leave 10 minutes early to get to work)
Thursday: Run 1 mile. 30 minutes on ellipitical machine. 15 minutes lunges, squats, leg work.
Friday: Run three miles. 15 minutes arms/abs.
I revealed Monday that we are in the process of buying a 4 plex for an investment property. That was going to be my wealth challenge for the whole month, but you can always find ways to improve your bottom line.
We had a smoking internet promo deal of $19.99 per month that expired this month.The rate was set to go up to $36.99/month, yikes! I called the company to ask about new promotions and was told they could lower the rate to $29.99/month since we were loyal customers. I told the nice gentleman that I liked $19.99 better, and he agreed to continue our promo at that rate for another 12 months.
The other money savings deal I hit upon was with our homeowners insurance. I was pricing out a policy for the fourplex and the agent found a way to bundle our residential and investment properties. I won’t know the exact price until the underwriters are finished with the new property, but it looks like it will save at least $1000 a year!
I know it has been written a million times by just about every blogger, but please, always shop around and ask for a better deal. All they can say is no. I never thought to combine all of our properties because the company that covers our house doesn’t cover rentals. I should have shopped around for one that did because this is a huge savings.
Week two was a challenge, but I’m pretty proud of my results. Hopefully, next week will be a cake walk, but without actual cake, of course!
Have you lowered your bills by making a phone call? How do you find time for fitness if you have to work long hours?