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Fresh starts are wonderful! I am super excited about March! I began with the cleaning challenge and was able to get a lot of cooking and cleaned the rest of the kitchen as well as deep cleaning the microwave and oven. I also began the fitness challenge today and…ouch! I hate lunges. But I did them.
Now, I did not realize the hair challenge I had planned on doing was an ebook that costs money. I don’t have money so I have switched it up and have decided to just find a new hair tutorial each day. I will not necessarily post every day but I will keep track and update you all so you should have a slew of hair tutorials by the end of this month. I took pictures today. It turned out…ok. I would need to practice braiding sideways a bit more to get to where I would feel this is wearable. But here’s to a new month and trying new things!
Day 1 Braided Half Updo
The End of February and Fresh Starts
Well I never was able to get back into the swing of things for February. Life got in the way. So I have let it go and am trying to catch up on life. Part of why I was excited about this year long plan was how easy it would be to let one month go and start fresh if it wasn’t working out. Well, I still feel guilty!!! I shouldn’t because I did accomplish a lot this month. So I will shake it off and start fresh for March. On a positive note, I have been drinking 64 oz of water a day! I am really excited for April as there is a green smoothy challenge I want to try. But I can’t get the info until April.
March challenges! A cleaning challenge, I will continue to Declutter as the areas suggested to be cleaned warrant it, but my focus will be more on cleaning. 30 day cleaning challenge
Secondly, for fun, I will do a 30 day hair challenge! This one I may or may not hit every day but even if I just get a few in, it will be fun! 30 day hair challenge
And finally another fitness challenge….30 day fitness challenge
The past few…days? Weeks? It feels like forever…I have been struggling keeping up on my challenges. In fact, tonight’s ab set I am skipping because it’s a lot of side plank stuff which, in the past, I have done wrong and hurt myself. The decluttering has been hard because I haven’t had time to get rid of the stuff I am decluttering. So I am not motivated because I have too many bags of stuff in the way. So discouraged. However, tomorrow I will start fresh. I will stop trying to catch up and just start on day 14. I’m not too terribly far behind, but I have done only have hearted decluttering the past few days. So tomorrow I will make trips to get rid of bags and I will also do day 14. Halfway. Need a second wind.
In sorting through my bookshelves I came across several pieces of writing that I had begun and never finished. Treasures. Treasures that will never be published, may or may not get finished, but treasures nonetheless. Perhaps one of my future 30-day challenges could be to finish one of these treasures and publish it here. Perhaps…
What has happened so far…
4 large bags donated
4 more filled
1 bin of books ready to be donated
Quite a bit of trash dumped
Abs, abs, and more abs!
I actually got begin on the Declutter challenge but I am caught up today. The ab challenge has been going great! Some days it feels a bit too easy, not sure if that is progress or simply not doing the exercises correctly. But I am sticking to it!
Things that have helped…taking the bags to the trash and to donation has really encouraged me a lot when it comes to not giving up. It has also helped me to be motivated to catch up even though I was three days behind. With the ab challenge the advantages are that it has built in rest days. That has motivated me not to get behind so that I can have the rest days at the proper time and see how well the program works.
I have also added a smaller challenge that is not confined to one month. I am getting up 1 minute earlier a day until I am getting up at 6:30 a.m. It will take me a while to get there but it will help me when I start going to the gym in the mornings.
So here we go, 9 days in and so far so good!
Oh one last note! I have also added drinking water to my daily challenge. I am not going all in and trying for 8, 8 oz. cups a day…simply trying to drink 16 oz in the morning when I take my vitamins, and 16 oz at night when I take my vitamins. I am also trying to cut back on other types of beverages and adding more tea to the mix. So far so good!
The 28-day ab challenge has a rest day every fourth day. I am so glad because yesterday was difficult. I was beginning to doubt my ability to continue but knowing today would be a rest day helped me get through the workout. Turns out the Declutter challenge also gave me a rest day without intending to. The closet I was supposed to clean out today was actually clean. I looked at it, realized it was good, and counted my challenges for the day finished.
So tonight I cleaned my kitchen, made meringues, started making a few more homemade extracts, and cleaned out my mice cage. Productive rest day.
At this point I have a pile that is probably too big for my car ready to be donated. I am trying to figure out if I have time before Saturday to do this. Not sure. But other than that the challenges are going well. I am trying to remember that this is a Declutter challenge not a cleaning challenge. Which is hard. I want to try to clean everything, but if I do that I will run out of steam. So I have been just keeping up with the normal basics and simply decluttering. Maybe next month I will deep clean.
The day has finally arrived! I have been looking forward to this day for a while now. I started with the ab challenge, it was squats, a straight leg crunch and starfish…it’s ok if you don’t know what those are. I was doing 15 of each move 3 times. I started off with the squats…not bad, I can do this then the straight leg crunch and I thought, ok this will challenge me by the third rep but still doable. But the first round of the starfish I realized I might not make it through 3 rounds! So I took a 1 minute break after that set and started again with similar thought processes. I did the starfish in sets of five with a few second break in between. By the end of the second round I was exhausted!!! But I got through it, and through a third round and I was so happy! I can already feel it in my legs and abs. It makes me excited to see how I feel after the 28 days! But, I am not going to post before and after pictures.
Then I moved on to my second challenge of cleaning out things. I forgot to post previously the link to this one. So here it is: 28-Day Declutter Challenge. I do not have a husband or children so I have adjusted the list to fit me. The first item was toys, so I did my shoes. Here’s the before pic:
And here is the after pic:
I was trying to get the shoes down to the absolute necessities but I kept a few that probably weren’t necessary. One day, one day I will have a shoe closet that is more like less fortunate countries. But for today, I am happy with what I have accomplished.
I am super excited about today’s post because I have decided what I am going to do for my February challenge! But first things first…update on January…I did spend some this past week but it was for my boyfriends birthday and I had planned on that. I am a little concerned as my grocery budget is used up for the month but I think I can finish off the last 5 days with no problems. So, that being said, let’s look a February…
I have been discouraged about how my clothes have been fitting but I hesitated doing an exercise challenge because of a foot problem that still needs a few weeks to heal. But I have also really been discouraged by the clutter in my house. So I have decided to take on two challenges in February. The first is a 28-day ab workout. This is something I can easily do without aggravating my foot. Plus it should only take about 5 minutes a day.
My second challenge intrigues me. It is a different space every day to clean out. I had decided already I should try to take a load once a week to either the dump or the thrift store (depending on the load). This particular list includes husbands and kids but I can adjust those. When it talks of spouse closets and such I can use that to work on summer closet or finish off if I got behind.
My goal with both of these is not to stress if I miss a day. But I will simply skip whatever day I missed and continue on with the corresponding day number.
So, five days left to go of my financial fast and, in spite of a few slip ups, over all I have been able to get back a hold of my spending habits as well as get my finances on the road to recovery. I will continue through February to cut back on spending and by March I should be able to start building up my savings again.
I spent $3 on iTunes.
“But it’s only $3” you might say.
But that is how it begins isn’t it? $3 today, $5 tomorrow, maybe $15 for something on a really good sale. And before you know it you have spent $100.
I am also rejoicing today, however, because I immediately started back on my no spending spree the following day.
Another success today was looking over this past month, seeing how this month will close, and seeing the fruits of all of the self denial I have had over the month. I want to finish strong. To keep this mindset through February as well.
So I sigh, and rejoice, and have begun to consider what my 30-day challenge for February will be. I debating between and exercise and an organizational challenge. Any thoughts?
The following post has been exaggerated to match my emotions rather than to match facts.
Seriously! I was so good today I had to share. It started with having a rotten day at work. Everything went wrong and I worked late. So I left work and went to a store to look at desks for work. Not to look at anything that I should buy. I found several clearance items that I wanted SO much. But I passed them up because I am not spending this month. Why did I decide to do this??? I went to another store…still more things I needed, wanted, and on clearance. WHY? WHY AM I NOT SPENDING MONEY?!?!?! Then I went to another store and thus the saga continued. Finally I headed home. Now it was really late. I was starving. Tired. And I had passed up quite a few purchases. Tons of purchases (this is the point where I added the disclaimer at the beginning of this post, so now I have the freedom to exaggerate even more). Thousands of dollars of savings!!! So I deserved fast food. I wanted fast food. I didn’t want leftover pork. I didn’t want frozen burritos. I didn’t want food I already owned. I wanted fast good. (I reread this post after publishing it and found this typo. But after considering it for a moment I have decided to leave it. I want fast food. But fast food is fast and good. So it fits). And Buffalos has cheap wings on Thursday.
I went straight home.
I don’t think you understand the accomplishment this was for me. In fact, part of why I didn’t go to fast food was so I could blog about this accomplishment. So I demand your respect. Your admiration. Your comments saying that I did something utterly amazing. Thank you in advance.
12 30s And A New Year
Day One The New Quest Begins
It Shouldnt Be This Hard This Soon
Scrimping and Saving
Sighing and Rejoices and Too Many Similarly Sounding Titles
The Final Lap Begins, But February Looms