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Almost June, already?!

May 30th, 2020 at 01:54 am

Time sure does seem to be passing quickly. It seems like I just barely finish the data process for one month when its time to start the process all over again.

I took a couple days off this week to attempt to get some home projects done. I did actually manage to accomplish a few things - changed out my winter clothes for spring/summer clothes, and used a Rug Doctor on our upstairs carpets. I also strongly hinted to my DH about wanting to have someone come and tile our bathroom - get rid of the carpet!! (No, he doesn't want us to DIY - he thinks it would be too easy to do a bad job.)

So ... I had a Zoom with my supervisor yesterday. I found out that they are not replacing the second receptionist at our office due to budget cuts (she retired in January I think.) Guess what? I get to be the main receptionists permanent break giver now - and back up if she's gone on vacation or sick. Woo hoo! (can you read the sarcasm? if not, add a lot and you'll get close) It doesn't start until we are all back to "normal" working in office.

I just have to repeat to myself - at least I still have a job. We did actually technically fire someone - although the term was = we chose to not renew her contract (after 19 years!)

I was looking at paydays - it looks like we're going to have a 6 paycheck month in July! I told DH if he wanted to take 2 or 3 days off, July would be the easy month to do it without affecting our budget. I doubt he'll actually do it though, it would cut into his spending money too much. (which, I will say, he's been putting a lot of it into the stocks/etf's and has done pretty well)

But, he can't say he didn't have the opportunity!

I have something like 16 vacation days left (and still accruing) since I didn't use 9 days for Ireland. I need to look into it more, but I think we can sell back vacation days in August - though with the budget cuts, maybe not?? I really need to get a better handle on that - I usually use all my vacation time each year, so don't worry too much about it. (My supervisor was telling me that the receptionist is wanting to take the week after Christmas off and wanted to know if it would conflict with my vacation plans - I told her nope, the only day I plan to take off is the weekend of my birthday (15th.) But then we looked at the date, and it is a Tuesday, so we were both saying - may as well take Monday and Tuesday! Do up my 45th birthday big! -- likely not actually do anything ... but will be nice to have a really long weekend.)

So ... by September 22 I need to have lost about 20 pounds or I will be saying say'o'nara (sp?) to nearly $1k (HealthyWage.) Yeah, I don't like that idea. (About $300 of it would be my actual money, the rest would be winnings.)

I've been fighting the same five - ten pounds most of the past five months. (Mainly because I keep jumping off the cliff into junkfood'ville and have trouble climbing out.)

At any rate, I am committing to absolutely NO:
Processed foods (that means Amy's, Laura!!)
flour of any kind
sugar (this includes my beloved date sugar ..)

My focus is going to be on eating as much as possible foods without labels - legumes, whole grains (not processed into flour), vegetables, greens, and fruit (not dried, but whole.)

This is for the month of June. I will reevaluate at the end of June to see if it is actually working, and if I want to keep going with it.

I do hope to eliminate processed food and dairy completely from my diet, but one way or the other, whole grains flour will come back into my diet, and possibly the "healthier" sweetners like date sugar.

My DH is doing keto - one meal a day. He eats around 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. So ... we aren't eating together at all anymore. This makes it so I can change my eating timing to around ten a.m. to six p.m. - which is healthier than going as late as 8 p.m. and pushing up against bedtime.

(DH has lost 25lbs in two weeks. He is ecstatic. I'm happy for him, but also worried about what some of the weight he's losing is actually comprised of. Not to mention the copious amounts of meat he's eating ... and fat - but - silver lining -- he's eating spinach!!)

This will definitely save us money in our date night category! (i.e. no eating out, even if I was willing to go to a restaurant right now)

5 Responses to “Almost June, already?!”

  1. mumof2 Says:

    I'm just wondering why you would lose money or gain by losing weight?? I was thinking of keto have had some great reviews i just have to watch for is common...I can't believe it is almost june

  2. Turtle Lover Says:

    I'm always glad to see your posts! I, too, have been eating more than I should. Every time I want to make a change some life event happens and I break my rules ... sigh .. my will power is not very good.
    Glad you still have your job

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Mumof2 - I'm participating in something called Healthywage. I made a bet saying that I would lose 40 lbs by September 22, 2020. Each month I give Healthywage $25. On Sept 22 if I have lost 40 lbs, I get my money back, plus another $600 or so. If I haven't lost 40 lbs, I can either extend the bet for another 6 months (at $25/mo), or just cut my losses and lose the $300 ($25x12.)

    TL - Thanks Smile Yeah, I hear you about will power. Will power alone can't do it, you have to change habits. Changing habits is hard. So hard.

  4. MagicPenny Says:

    I know you are worried about DH’s long term health, but he should be able to do keto safely if he plans carefully. It’s like all the other diets out there, no easy trick around the difficult changes that need to be made. When we try to keep processed foods and junk in the diet by finding loopholes, that is when the health problems come up and the weight loss stalls. I loved how I felt on keto, but admitted I couldn’t keep up with the strict guidelines safely- I would eventually give in to unhealthy shortcuts like bacon 24/7! Hope DH has a Dr he checks in with who can monitor his progress for safety. And yay for spinach, lol!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I have been ISO eating & drinking wine and have needed motivation to get back on track - you have motivated me! I remember how you always did DietBet so I have joined up on that, and downloaded the app - am planning on doing a challenge that starts somewhere between the 6th & 10th June, I think. We have a long weekend this weekend so I just want to enjoy that before I start. Thanks for the motivation, and good luck with your bet! (Ps if DH is eating spinach that's a good start anyhow because he will probably keep that up now)

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