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The Final Lap Begins, But February Looms

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.

January:
12 30s And A New Year
Day One The New Quest Begins
It Shouldnt Be This Hard This Soon
Scrimping and Saving
Compulsive Saving
Sighing and Rejoices and Too Many Similarly Sounding Titles

February:
The New Adventure Has Begun
Rest Day
Catching Up
I Just Dont Care
The End Of February And Fresh Starts

She Strengthens Her Arms

This is an area that I have not been doing well in. I have gotten out of the habit of exercise. It seems every time I try to get back into it something happens and I stop again. So I am going to do as I said in Seven Steps To Strength and pray and ask God for help in this matter. Hopefully when we revisit this topic again I will be on a better track.

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Seven Steps to Strength

She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
Proverbs 31:17

Did the above verse already send you running? I pray it hasn’t! Step one to starting a healthier life is to pray. With Christ we can do anything (Philippians 4:13) and when we start on our knees He helps us keep things going and keep them in perspective.

So step one is pray!!!

Step two set realistic flexible and when possible non-number specific goals. Sometimes it helps me to have two goals, a short term and a long term goal. Other times or in addition to those first two I will have a minimum goal as well as a “would be really nice” goal. My current goal is to lose 5 lbs before my next trip to El Salvador but my “would be really nice” goal is 10. 10 means no cheating at all between now and then but since 5 is my minimum if I hit only that I am happy. As a matter of fact my real goal is to fit into my clothes for the trip comfortably. So even if the numbers don’t match then I will be satisfied if the clothes fit good. So be realistic flexible and don’t rely too much on numbers.

Step three is find a system that works for you. I live on a budget and have food allergies so many programs that others use don’t work for me. I also have an oddball work schedule so gyms aren’t my best option. I had to figure out systems that do work for me.

Step four when you blow it don’t blow the whole day or diet, just start fresh right after. If you didn’t get your exercise in that morning try that evening even if its shorter. Never go more than 24 hours without resetting and starting fresh.

Step five focus on feeling good. When you have more energy and you are comfortable in your clothes you don’t focus on the numbers as much and you also get motivated to keep doing it!

Step six get addicted. The more you exercise the more addicting it is. If you have to stop for a time try very hard to get right back into it or figure out a way to exercise differently in between (I.e. a leg injury may stop you from running but can you swim?).

Step seven stop reading this and get out there and do it!

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