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  • Have you ever cleaned the dishwasher? There might be gunk clogging a filter.
    My laundry "method" is more of a schedule: towels and sheets ( if any) Monday night, jeans and field clothes Tuesday night, darks (or everything else if it was a light week) Wednesday night, lights and whites/ bleached things Thursday night. If you go through more than that per week, you could probably repeat the cycle twice a week with some adjusting.
    As to vacuuming, mopping, and sweeping, as well as clutter, I'm no help. It usually sits there until I get fed up with it and deal with it all in one go.
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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    • I have found the first plan of attack for clutter is start getting rid of things that are not well used or necessary. For example - kids toys that they tend to drag out and then get bored with in 10 minutes. If its that boring they don't need it. Clothes that just don't quite fit anymore - too short, too tight or are worn out -- out they go. That applies to the entire family - but does not apply to that favorite old sweatshirt/t-shirt/pair of jeans or sweats. We just don't need more than one of each. Kitchen.......... get rid of bowls, plastics, utensils etc. that you haven't used in the past year. If its a special holiday item, this doesn't apply. Cleaning supplies: if you bought a product and don't like the way it works - but don't want to throw it out cuz you PAID for it --- let it go, chalk it up to experience and throw it out. Donate or landfill - your choice. Pantry........... check expiration dates on items that aren't needed very often -- I've just gone through my pantry and found cans that expired 2 years ago!!!
      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
      2. Eat to heal
      3. Move to live
      4. Embrace today
      5. Live with intention
      6. Respect my body
      7. Cultivate joy
      8. Find my passion
      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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      • Jen, I tried to create a schedule. It was similar to that, except I sort clothes by who they belong to - makes folding and putting away easier in my opinion. Everything we own is so old that the whole separating by color thing is a moot point. I used to wash my stuff on Sunday, Brad's on Monday, kids' on Tuesday, and towels on Wednesday. Then one day, I was tired and didn't do it and that was all it took to get out of control again. It usually boiled down to 1 load per day, except towels b/c they take up so much room I did 2 loads of those.

        I clean my dishwasher regularly. I shop vac it out, pull the filters, wash everything, run a cycle of vinegar and a cycle of lime-away. Unless there's something somewhere that I can't reach, I tend to get everything pretty good. I probably need to do it again. Will need to remember to pick up some lime-away this week. We have hard water which I know makes things work less effectively. Maybe it's limed up again.

        I balanced our YNAB account last night. I went to bed really stressed and anxious about it. I realized it's August and we don't have anything saved up for Christmas, and still have $500 in vehicle registration to pay before October 1. Plus school supplies and no credit cards to put any of it on. I just sat down with my spreadsheet (I love YNAB but I still can't give up my projections spreadsheet). I have a plan now set for registration and a plan for Christmas, both plans allowing for another week or two to reach the necessary balances should something come up.

        I need to be more mindful of what I'm spending on Thirty-One because I am not making the headway on the credit cards I'd like to be making. I keep throwing a large chunk at the biggest credit card but I'm beginning to think that's doing me no good. Maybe I need to do like Dave Ramsey says and hack at the littlest one first. Get it out of the way. I could easily get it paid off in about 4 months, max five, if I'm disciplined and diligent. I put $500 from Brad's lump sum on the biggest one and only $200 of that went to principle. I hate that credit card. I want so badly for it to be gone. I want to call them and beg for a lower interest rate b/c this just isn't working, but it's Brad's card so they won't talk to me. And Brad is so ignorant to our expenses (that's partly my fault b/c I don't overcommunicate financial matters with him - I'm learning I am a HUGE part of the problem) that I don't think he'd fight hard enough to get it reduced. I'd resort to pleading and begging... he'd accept no for an answer and just tell me that I'll find a way to make it work - b/c I always do. I just need to go about this systematically. Make the minimums on the biggies, pay off the teenies, then work on nailing the big fish. Small fish catch big fish, right?

        I chose not to do laundry last night. I don't know why. I cleared the table after dinner and cleaned up right away with every intention of folding the towels at least (my favorite load to fold b/c they're so quick), but after putting the kids to bed, all I wanted to do was sit on my duff. So, that's what I did. Then some drama came up with two of my Thirty-One hostesses that I'm still trying to decide how to handle and laundry became the last thing on my list. I finally started the dishwasher at 11 and then remembered I still had to balance YNAB. I was up til 12:30. I didn't care about laundry at that point. I did wash the kids' sheets and dried them, and then washed and dried their clothes, so they at least have stuff to wear. It's not folded, but it's clean. That's what matters most right? One of these days the ADD will be under control again and I'll be able to get a handle on things once more.

        Things to do this weekend:
        Close Thirty-One party
        groceries
        fold laundry (all of it if possible)
        stake tomatoes
        clean dishwasher
        vacuum living room

        Dividend Day for P&G (10-2 on Saturday, plus 2 hr round trip commute)

        Brad is racing tonight and tomorrow night. The kids and I are not going tomorrow night. I wish we could but I don't have the money for the gas to drive up there and back (1 hour both ways) or the money for admission and food/snacks for the kids. It's double features so I'd love to go and watch Brad race twice, but I don't think I should. Plus I have SO much to do at home. I think we'll go to Dad's for dinner instead, the kids can play with the neighbor girl for a while and I can get some stuff done - hopefully.

        Today is Brad's birthday. He's off work and fishing with a buddy. I hope he catches a nice one.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • credit card suggestion: Take out another card in BOTH names (just don't give Brad a card) - find one with a lower interest rate. Pay off the current card with the new card (then cancel it!) -- then try to negotiate for a lower rate after you've had the card long enough to satisfy them of your good credit practices.
          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
          2. Eat to heal
          3. Move to live
          4. Embrace today
          5. Live with intention
          6. Respect my body
          7. Cultivate joy
          8. Find my passion
          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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          • Brad's not a problem with the cards. He doesn't carry them now. The problem is that the interest rate is so outrageous that I can't seem to make any headway with them.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • That's why I suggested getting a new card with a lower rate - and pay off the other one, then cancel the account.
              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
              2. Eat to heal
              3. Move to live
              4. Embrace today
              5. Live with intention
              6. Respect my body
              7. Cultivate joy
              8. Find my passion
              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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              • Tomi, I contacted our credit union to see if they can help. They've helped us lower interest rates on both our truck and the car, and gave us a better rate on the camper than anyone else, so maybe they can help us here. Their rates are very nice. I don't expect to get the best rate, but something lower than 30% would be awesome. She also said that if the credit card doesn't work for us, we can do a signature loan to pay it off (contingent upon us closing the credit card - to which my response is "BUT OF COURSE!! Shred that bitch up!!" lol), but I don't think she realizes just how high this credit card is. But whatever... I want it paid off. Even if we have to use a credit card to pay off most of it and refiance the rest... whatever. I've done it that way before too. I just want to be able to say good bye to those cards. (PS, she has told me that they can do an unsecured loan for the total amount owed, dependent on credit app and all that jazz. We'll see how this goes... I'm not expecting exciting news).

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                Whole30 Day 8. In seven days, I lost 7 lbs. WHOO! I should have taken my measurements, but I didn't. *pout* I'm feeling a lot less 'fat', but don't really look a lot less fat. lol My brain is coming around to being less scattered too. I still have to make lists, but I remember to do more things than I did just a week ago. And I'm getting more done at work and at home. Not a ton more, but more still.

                I didn't accomplish all the things on my list this weekend. I did stake the tomatoes. I did get groceries. We did not go to Dividend Day and I did not go to the races. I did go to my dad's and I did close a Thirty-One party (which came in with twice as much in sales as anticipated!!). I also got the dishwasher cleaned out. I did not fold laundry or vacuum the living room.

                I have a Thirty-One party tomorrow night and a Thirty-One meeting Wednesday night. I'm hoping the party will get me close enough to our August goal that I won't have to think about it anymore. Thirty-One put out an incentive for us that if we sold $1,200 in product during the first two weeks of the month, they'd give us $522 in free fall product. I really really really want to meet this goal! And I've been more than up-front with my hostesses about why I want the parties on these specific dates and why I'm no wound around the axles about the party total. They completely understand.

                Anyhow, it's time to go home. Have a nice day everyone.
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • That's exciting news about the loan and getting rid of the high interest card. I think we have one that high as well, but we always pay off the balance in full every month so don't have interest to pay. A few payments getting there a day or 2 late and they jacked up the interest something awful! I should have hubby request they drop it again - or threated to cancel the card. Its the business card so they would lose a lot of business. Last month alone the bill was over $18K.

                  I hope you're still going strong on the Whole30!

                  I have not been doing so great. Keeping calories low - and fat high - but carbs are running about twice what they should be. 50-100 most days.
                  1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                  2. Eat to heal
                  3. Move to live
                  4. Embrace today
                  5. Live with intention
                  6. Respect my body
                  7. Cultivate joy
                  8. Find my passion
                  9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                  • We got a loan to cover the smaller credit card. It lowers our payment about $50 a month and will be paid off in 48 months if we make the minimum payment on it. I plan to use the extra $50 to pay down the other crazy high card for a while, then I'll sock it at the loan.

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                    Whole30 is going well. Down 8.6 lbs in 9 days. So, roughly a pound a day. Not bad.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                      Whole30 is going well. Down 8.6 lbs in 9 days. So, roughly a pound a day. Not bad.
                      very nice indeed!

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                      • My desires to satisfy my emotions by eating are in full swing... Brad and I just received a $2,500 bill for the curb and gutter for our street that we don't have the money for that we fully expected to be applied to our property taxes. The county won't escrow it. Says the cost of the project does not justify the legal fees that come with a special assessment. So, now we have to make payments. Either payments directly to the city or to a loan. Trouble is, I don't know how much we can afford right now b/c things are still in flux with the credit card pay off. I'm feeling very not in control right now.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Originally posted by jenn26point2
                          Feeling a little more in control.
                          That is good. Gheesh, way to roll with the punches. Hugs!

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                          • haha Jon, I deleted my post b/c I'm not sure if that plan will fly or not. I'm still feeling less than in control b/c I honestly don't know where that $25-$50 will come from for now... I guess Thirty-One money with the rest going to the loan. Hopefully I continue to get parties each month or this plan will fail. That's why I'm still not feeling like I have control of this situation.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                              haha Jon, I deleted my post b/c I'm not sure if that plan will fly or not.
                              Well, damn

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                              • But didn't Brad just get a raise? Sorry about the money issues. I think it should be against the law for any government to just send you a bill for something without a vote.

                                I totally understand the need to shove down the emotions with food............ just try to make it primal food. You'll feel awful physically and emotionally if you eat junk.

                                Hugs..............
                                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                                2. Eat to heal
                                3. Move to live
                                4. Embrace today
                                5. Live with intention
                                6. Respect my body
                                7. Cultivate joy
                                8. Find my passion
                                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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