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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Anyone who knows me, knows I hate to blog but something tells me it's time to try it again. I have had a very hard year. In January my husband told me he couldn't pay the bills like he had been and needed me to help him. Just so we are clear on this. Up until that moment we had lived financially separate from each other. We split the bills and if we had anything left over from our paychecks we didn't need to ask each other what to do with it. We spent it the way we wanted. Worked until over the past few years we both have been in and out of work due to economic reasons. There wasn't usually "extra" money and the credit card debt grew out of control. I was spending a monthly fee on a boot camp gym for women and decided I was worth the money but when my husband came to me for help that was the first to be cut. We have since cut all unnecessary expenses but seem to get further and further in debt. Since I am an emotional eater guess what I did? I stuffed my self with cheap, unhealthy food every time I felt stressed. This summer I gained 10 pounds. Who gains weight in the summer?!! Apparently me. I loved my gym, loved working out but let all this stress cheat me out of a healthy life.

Now I have looked back at where I have been I am ready to look forward to where I belong. I can only take it one day at a time but that is ok. I sure hope that my future blogs will talk all about the many successes I am having and less pity talk.
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    Hi Toni, I"m so sorry all this is happening to you right now. It is always hard to have financial problems and then have to figure out where to cut even more than you already have. Just want you to know that I'm sympathetic to what you are going through because I"ve been where you are. I'll hold you up in my prayers and hope that everything will work out for you. Just don't give up. Stuff like this doesn't last forever, but it sure is aggravating!

    Love & Hugs,

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  • YB0511
    Hi Toni. I want to reach out and give you a big emoticon . I am not a blogger either, but I do know that the times I do blog, I am always glad I did. Thank you for sharing your situation with us.

    I know it can be hard when we struggle financially. I hope things get better and want to encourage you to keep active with free activities - dvd or youtube workouts, walking or biking, etc. emoticon
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  • FRANCO1230
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    I pray that your financial situation gets better. I think it is one of the things that can cause THE most stress for a lot of people. I know working out on your own can be a lot harder than in a group/gym setting, but their really are so many 'free' ways to get a good workout. You have to get the mind set that this is only a temporary setback & you will get back to where you want to be eventually.
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    emoticon Here is another person who gained weight over the summer - you are so not alone with that! I'm sorry you are struggling financially. I've struggled in the past year with needing to cut costs, and deciding what to give up is so hard. I think it can be empowering to turn things around. Instead of focusing on the loss of the gym, try focusing on fitness ideas that don't come with a monthly cost. I've also been interested in searching the internet for healthy, low cost meal ideas/frugal living ideas. You are inspiring me to stop thinking/talking about how to get more frugal, and to just do it! Good luck!
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    Anyone can gain over the summer. I am hoping and praying that you will find success. I know it is in you. This is a start..a success..to look not just back where you started, but look forward to where you are going. I understand about money with not having a job here either. I started walking and doing strength training at home.
    Good luck.
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    Hang in there, times are tough now! No matter what I do, I seem to be getting further and further into debt as well. My hours have been cut at work for months now and my husband is not currently working (through no fault of his own)... I'm looking into getting a second job. But, you do what you have to do and you figure out how to make it work.
    Try not to binge on the unhealthy stuff...or at least, not too unhealthy! I understand needing to make sacrifices, but just make the best of what you have. (Hell, I've been living off Ramen for lunch. Definitely not healthy, but it's cheap and I make it fit into my plan.)
    And, btw, I gained weight over the summer too. You're not alone! Those pesky pounds aren't detered by the season!
    3198 days ago
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