This is turning out to be a good year (although we are only in February). I told myself I'd make it a good year and so far I have. First, by cutting out all the sugar, I'm eating very clean. This has been good for my body and my mood. I lost 18 pounds since January 1st, and Im enjoying a nice even mood.
Yesterday I went to a baby shower. I was busy all morning and barely made it there on time. I was hungry, so I ate what was served, salad and lasagna. There may have been (most likely there was) sugar in the tomato sauce, so that was a splurge. I didn't put the dressing on my salad. I had a small piece of lasagna and no bread. When they turned on the chocolate fountain, I took it as my cue to leave. Most of the cool kids had left at the point already too.
I was running late yesterday because I bought a new car in the morning.. It's a 2013, but I've been driving the same car since 2000, so it's a big deal to me. It's my dream car, a ice blue Mini Cooper with white racing stripes. It's zippy. As I'm talking to a coworker about how long I've been looking for the right one, I said, "I put the car search on hold for three months while I was refinancing and buying my ex out of my house".. Then another coworker walks by and asks me about the cruise that I'm going on in March. The coworker I'm talking to says "wait Ms. Jeannie, you bought a new car, a house, and you're going on cruise.. What do you do for a living? (Our pay isn't great)". Money is a lot like weight, you just have to prioritize and keep track of money in and money out. You have to set goals. I plan my savings. I saved for a few years for my Mini Cooper. I plan my spending each month. I had the money to buy my car all year. I'm already planning on what I need to do to repleshing the savings account. I like having a savings. I like not carrying a bunch of debt.
The cruise, I could have forgone the cruise, but there is my balance in life. There have been studies that show that people who spend thier money on experiences are happier in life. I will always look back on Italy and my Paris trip fondly. There is a quote I've seen that says, "travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer". I think travel, time with friends, sunsets, laughing, helping others... It's all food for your soul. I've written blogs on how important I think it is these days to feed your soul. I have never done a cruise, so it's a big splurge, but I'm doing it. The friend I'm going with is lots of fun. I remember when I was really heavy, I think around 340 was my max, thinking that eating was the only enjoyment I had in life. I was not a happy woman. My life doesn't revolve around food anymore and it is a far happier life than I had before.
So, I've done some big things this year and it's only February. i can't wait until we spring ahead with daylight savings time because then I can start doing the sunset beach walk with my daughter again. I have lots of good stuff planned for the year.