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Spending Recap: April 7-13, 2014

Soup & salad at Earls

Monday 7th
$20 birthday present

Tuesday 8th
No Spend Day!

Wednesday 9th
$112.44 FitBit Flex

Thursday 10th
No Spend Day!

Friday 11th
$5.68 Menchie’s

Saturday 12th
$15.70 Craft Beer Market
$15.44 groceries

Sunday 13th
$21.24 London Drugs
$14.46 Noodle Box

Freelance Income: $0
Expenses- $204.96

TOTAL: - $204.96

This past week I bought a Fitbit Flex. I’ve been debating between the Flex and the Nike Fuelband for a few weeks now, but in the end, the Fitbit won out. BF has one and wears his every day, so my decision was partially influenced by him. But mostly because the FitBit seemed to be the most comfortable to wear, and wouldn’t seem out of place when I wear it in the office. In the week I’ve been using it, I have nothing but good things to say about it. And actually I’m surprised at how big a motivator it has been to move more often. After we get back from Las Vegas this weekend, I’ll be sure to post a review with all the pros and cons I’ve found so far. So, if you’re a FitBit user, add me as a friend! :)

Over the weekend, I ran 6km (pain-free!) to meet Blonde on a Budget for brunch. I am so happy to be pain-free that I wanted to keep on running… but from past experience, I know I need to take it slow.

On Sunday, instead of running, I went for a long walk (FitBit says I walked for over 15km) and listened to some podcasts. I’m a little late on the podcast bandwagon, but am really liking Under the Influence, as well as Freakonomics. So if anyone else could recommend podcasts similar to those two, that would be awesome!

How was your week of spending?

75 days later

New runners: Brooks Adrenaline!

New runners: Brooks Adrenaline!I haven’t gone on a run since January 26th. That was 75 days ago.

This is probably the longest I’ve gone without running. Sure, at least a couple times each week over the last month, I’ve gone walking for over an hour. But that’s not exactly the exercise I want to do, and it’s not what I’m used to.

So I used my foot injury as my excuse. It’s a pretty good excuse; a nagging injury that hasn’t gotten any better since September. But I could have been doing more – like going to the gym and using the elliptical machine, or riding a bicycle. It’s even less of an excuse now that I have access to a free gym in my office building.

The BMO Half Marathon that I registered for in February isn’t going to happen. It’s in less than a month (May 4), and nowhere near ready. Sure, I could likely run/walk and finish, but it’s not going to be pretty. And the chances are pretty high that I’d just injure myself even more. Not worth the $136 registration fee. :|

I met someone recently who is running the Boston Marathon this month. We chatted about running and injuries, and he’s in the same boat as me – trying to prioritize a team sport with running. He said he eventually had to give up his team sport because the practices/games conflicted too much with a running program. And it’s true. It’s something I really struggled with this past year. Playing field hockey 3-4x/week does not give much time for a proper half marathon training program.

So here’s my plan. Now that my foot is feeling a bit better, I’m going to slowly ease back into running. That means forcing myself to go slower than I want to. Taking a lot of rest days in between runs, and really listening to my body when it tells me to take it easy.

Saturday will be my first test. I’m meeting up for brunch with my pal Cait from Blonde on a Budget. Instead of driving there, I’m going to (slowly) run the 6km there. Then leisurely walk the 6km back. BF and I frequently walk 10km+, so I know it’s not too big of a stretch. I’m excited to start excercising again, and am really looking forward to being able to run distances again. :)

Spending Recap: March 31-April 6, 2014

My Saturday evening companion

Monday 31st
$35.12 groceries
$57.10 oil change

Tuesday 1st
No Spend Day!

Wednesday 2nd
No Spend Day!

Thursday 3rd
No Spend Day!

Friday 4th
No Spend Day!

Saturday 5th
+ $400 freelance income
$18.65 Pearl Hot Pot
$4.71 Value Village
$29.30 dinner

Sunday 6th
$20.31 groceries

Freelance Income: + $400
Expenses- $165.19

TOTAL: + $234.81

For the month of April, BF has decided to give up a lot of things that we’re so used to consuming – coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, and alcohol. I’m not that hardcore, so I’ve only cut out coffee and chocolate. But since we’re together so often, I find myself consuming a lot less sugar and alcohol as well. Meanwhile, I still knock back 2-4 mugs of green tea per day. :)

But, not going out to Starbucks during the work week, plus my goal of bringing my lunch to work every day, has resulted in a significant increase in No Spend Days.

Over the weekend, I finally got around to doing my taxes, and am expecting about $800 back. :) $400 of it will be earmarked for travel later this year, and the other $400 will go towards retirement.

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