I have so many reasons to love today, that I just can’t pick a favorite.
For starters, I’m wearing my Tuesday socks on a Wednesday, so I’m polka-dotted badass. Dad, that’s not a swear! And yes, there are 3 different pair of Nikes in that picture, 2 of which are always in my office. I also have a pair in my trunk and 3 other pairs of Nike’s at home. I’m buying a new pair this week too. Help.
Reason numero deux: I was able to run almost 3.5 painless miles this morning. The first half mile was a little tricky and crampy, but after that, it was smooth sailing!
Third reason? I was finally able to work with my trainer again after a 3 week hiatus. Heather modified several moves a bit to avoid triggering any oblique pain, and even with modifications, she left me a hot, sweaty mess. I did each exercise for 40 seconds, with a 30 second rest in between each, before moving on to the next exercise.
I feel like I’ve been slacking lately with my strength workouts. I haven’t been challenging myself and pushing myself to my limits, and basically just throwing exercises in as I go, so it felt amazing to have a structured and tough workout.
My 4th reason could also be my 1st reason as to why today sucks. Lent has begun. This means no sweets, no peanut butter, and no credit card. Woof!
I can handle the sweets challenge, no problem. It’s the other two that I’m more worried about. I have a love/hate relationship with peanut butter. Give me a jar and it’s gone in 2 days, just ask my Mom. I love the taste so much that I can easily overdose on it, which makes me feel really gross the next day. In an effort to put a halt to my addiction, I decided to give peanut butter up, and I’m really excited to see how my body reacts to the change!
I was content giving up just the sweets and peanut butter, but after talking to Jen last night, I had the idea to give up my credit card as well. I’ve always been very frugal and am notorious for declining movies, mini golf, bowling, etc. You name it, I said no. Allie really hates me for this, but ever since becoming single in July, I literally have been spending my money left and right. After paying all of my monthly bills, I realized I was only putting a couple hundred away in my savings each paycheck, which wasn’t okay with me.
Don’t get me wrong, I only have about a $44 debt on my credit card. I usually pay off most of, or all of my credit card charges every pay check, so I’m in control with that. I just want to save save save and not waste my money on silly purchases. When I only have cash or my bank card, I get pretty damn antsy about spending money and usually won’t.
I only have one hang up about giving up my credit card. I will always purchase bigger items with the card; gas, shoes, and necessities, because I get redeemable points for these items, which to me, means cash back!
For each item I’ve decided to give up, there are exceptions for each.
- Peanut Butter: I’m allowing myself PB2 due to the lower fat and calorie content, which are the 2 reasons why my pb addiction ruins my slim-down efforts
- Sweets: Arctic Zero ice cream is acceptable, as is tomorrow’s Valentine’s fro-yo date with Lindsay. Don’t even argue that one.
- Credit Card: Only to be used for gas and the new pair of running shoes that I need.
Question: Have you decided to give anything up for Lent? If so, what have you chosen?
I didn’t participate in Lent last year, and the year before that I decided to give up sweets but I failed on day 2 because my Aunt sent me a care package with her notorious mix that I’m also addicted to.
I was in Los Angeles with Jaime and her sister, and they both agreed I had to eat it since she sent it to me. Totally blaming that fail on them! 🙂
This year I want to succeed and I know I can do it! I’m so excited that I’ve decided when the 40 days are over, that I’m going to treat myself in some manner. With my credit card of course. 😉