[-$96,924] On the Bench

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My monthly payment just posted, leaving me with a current debt balance of $96,924. Things seem to be moving slowly with my repayment, but I’m hoping to pick up the pace in the next couple of months.

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I haven’t been to the gym in over a week, due to forces outside of my control. I was really upset about not being able to go for so long, but now I’m Read More

[-$98,865] My $100 Stupid Tax and Other Pains

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I know. Long time, no post. I’ve been busy at work this week. I haven’t gone to the gym in the past two days because of work, but I will be there in the morning…with bells on.  Kettlebells, of course. Ok. Sorry. Heh.

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Gym Update
I’m still sticking with it. The self-conscious struggles with being the slowest and weakest person in the room who often needs modifications are still there, but I’m keeping at it.  Last week, the doubts got to me so badly that I half-assed one of my workouts. Afterward, Read More

[-$99,029] My Gym Crawl Update 1

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[My debt balance has increased since my last post because of unpaid accrued interest.]

Recently, I wrote about my desire to get into shape and drop fat while I drop debt. The first step was a “gym crawl” where I try out a few gyms over the course of a week with the goal of finding a place that I liked and that fit me. A couple of years ago, I tried joining a gym, but didn’t feel very welcomed, so I wanted to avoid that fate again.

So, what happened?

Well… I Read More

[-$101,100] Losing the Fat: A Gym Crawl and Other Aspirations

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I made another payment toward my debt. I’m now down to $101,100. Woot! I’m within striking distance of breaking through that 6-figure marker! This time next month, mid July, should be when it finally happens. I…CAN’T…WAIT!  Finally I will feel like I’m making some progress. In the meantime, I toil away.

Unfortunately, my interest rate isn’t the only thing increasing. I’ve been gaining weight Read More

October 2013 Update

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Debt repayment is going slowly.

Good News:
I have paid off one more debt. I had a $1500 student loan that was not in forbearance that I have been paying $40 towards each month.  With my previous paycheck, I paid off the remaining $690 balance. I know that it wasn’t the best move from an interest rate payoff perspective given the loan only had a 5% interest rate, but it was an annoying debt to deal with month after month. I’m glad it is gone. This will free up $40/mo to go towards my credit card payoff.

Other News:
I’m on the verge of shutting down my gym membership. Despite living only 1.5 blocks away, I have been there only once since signing up, and that was for an equipment orientation. There is no excuse for this, except for one thing  — exhaustion.

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I don’t know how people do it. My main job is very stressful for me because it is a lot more responsibility than I am used to. I still feel as though I’m thrashing around in the deep end of the pool so to speak. When I come home after a cramped 1 hour rush-hour public transit commute, I’m exhausted. All I want to do is drop my heavy laptop bag and fall face first into bed, but I can’t. I have more work to do. Between my two jobs, there is always more work to do.

I am very grateful for my two jobs, however I have been having a few warning signs of impending health problems.  One such sign is constant fatigue. Exercise would help relieve the stress, but how do I get the energy to exercise?  I know this sounds like a whine-fest.  I’m going to have to make an effort to at least work out at home and see how that goes. I’m going to make a good faith effort to use the gym before shutting down my membership…

Work:

Despite the stress, it is going relatively well. I admit that for the first couple of months, every time my manager asked to speak with me, I became terrified that I was going get fired.

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I have since learned that this is fairly typical among those who were fired from their previous job.  Now, I just get a little nervous, but not panicky like I used to. Ugh. Debt and fear are the worst.

Social/Dating Life:
Zilch. Nada. This is another source of stress, but it is another post (or 10!) entirely…

For now I need to focus on one thing at a time.

#1 Health

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“Debtor’s prison is real, and opportunity cost is a bitch.” (DDSW)