Simply Getting By

Simplifying my life & taking back control of my choices, possessions, lifestyle, and nourishment in order to salvage my finances, the environment, and my sanity.

Welcome! (Again…) September 10, 2008

Filed under: career,decluttering,fitness,money,weight loss,work/life — Raine @ Simply Getting By @ 10:56 am


Whoops!

Somehow I ended up deleting my whole blog while trying to update the look. Sorry about that.

Maybe I needed a “fresh start” anyway. I’ve been pondering a few new things lately, and procrastinating on many others, so I guess I can use this blog as a place to track my progress and keep myself a little more accountable. I was a little concerned about posting some of this publicly, because I tend to fool myself into thinking that clients might be put off by this blog if they read it and see that I’m not perfect, but then I realized that’s that’s all part of being human, and I’d rather be myself than put on a front anyway. I have a feeling it’ll be a lot better for me in the long run being honest with myself and others and maybe connecting with some people going through the same things than it will trying to be perfect, so please feel free to comment.

You might have noticed the new header lists a few rather ambitious goals, so I’ll break them down into a little more detail here:

Losing 100+ Pounds
Right now, I weigh around 284 pounds [fluctuating between 280-285]. My goal weight is 165, but even around 180 would be on the larger side of a healthy weight range for me. I don’t have any health problems from the weight, yet, but I figure now is the time to get it down before I develop any. My plan right now is to follow an 1800 calorie a day diet, exercise at least 3-5 times a week, track my progress at The Daily Plate on LiveStrong.com, and keep consulting with my doctor to stay on track and to adjust this plan as necessary.

Becoming A Runner
I was w
orking on Couch to 5k a few months ago, and had a couple problems, including 2 stress fractures and a pulled chest wall, so I decided to tone things back some. For now, I’ll be walking 3-4 days a week and doing either yoga or strength training on the other days. Once I can walk 3 miles at a 15 minute pace comfortably, I’ll start adding jogging intervals back in slowly, and will probably work my way back into C25K from there, then build a running program from that point on. I would ideally like to be in shape to run a marathon before I turn 30, but I’m taking things slow right now so I don’t end up getting injured again. As the weight comes off, and the walking progresses, it should make running much easier as well.

Decluttering and Organizing
My house is a wreck right now. I know most women say this, including my grandmother, whose home usually looked like she’d just got done doing a Better Homes & Gardens cover shoot. I’ll say it again – my house is a wreck! – I’m talking, call Oprah Winfrey, bring in the dump trucks, this girl has some serious clutter issues going on! I have family that may be coming to visit in a couple weeks, so it’s sort of kickstarted my cleaning plans. So far, I’m working things throwing away stuff I don’t need and trying to put things at least in the room where they belong, and by decluttering and straightening things up in 15 & 30 minute intervals. I’m starting to follow FlyLady to get all the normal cleaning done.

Working My Way To A New Career
Ive spent the past 5 years working a night shift job as a Correctional Officer [prison guard]. It’s not all that hard, but all of the drama is stressful and it leaves me mentally worn out because I get bored pretty easily. The pay and benefits are pretty decent, but that’s not really a good incentive for staying in a job I dread going to every night. I got my NC real estate license in February of 2007, and I have been working part-time at Keller Williams Realty. I absolutely love working there and helping people find the perfect home, but it’s been a struggle juggling this with my other job’s schedule, finding the money to pay for fees and advertising, and managing my time to get everything done so I can be successful. I’ve decided that I am going to really work on my business in the next year, and hopefully quit the prison and go full-time in real estate only next year.

Edited to add: The office I was working at closed down, and with the economic downturn, a full-time career in real estate is not working out at this time. I was thinking about taking a break already, but the closing of the office sort of sealed it for me. There are parts of it that I really enjoy, but I’m not sure if I’m suited for office work as my only career. Thinking back to the past, the most fulfilling jobs I’ve had were hands on [in a restaurant kitchen & in a furniture factory], so maybe I need to feel like I’m producing something tangible to really feel fulfilled by work. Since the office closing, I’ve had a lot more time to cook at home, and for the local soup kitchen, and I had forgotten how much joy I get from that. I am considering culinary school, with encouragement from my husband. Even if it doesn’t translate into a new career, a lot of the things I learn will be useful at home and for part-time work or seasonal catering jobs.

Getting Out Of Debt and Saving for the Future
Like many people my age, I left college deep in debt and dug the hole even deeper from there. All of this debt, and the high monthly payments that go with it, have kept me in a job I dislike and have held back my real estate career and many of my other dreams and plans for the future, plus made it hard just to make ends meet some months. I don’t know who came up with the idea of giving college students credit cards with 20+% interest rates and credit limits of $20,000-30,000, but I believe that the person had to either be really stupid or very heartless and conniving [I know the plan here is that their parents will bail them out if/when they get overextended, but it’s still just wrong]. I still can’t blame it on all on the credit companies though, because it is my fault that I ended up over my head with credit card debt, student loan debt, and a car payment that’s twice what I should reasonably be spending, so it’s up to me to get it paid off. At this point, I’m still playing “catch-up”, but I will be selling items on eBay, having yard sales, and finding ways to cut costs so I can put as much as possible towards paying down my debt. I will be doing this using the debt snowball method and following the advice from Dave Ramsey‘s website, books, and podcasts.

Finding New Ways To Enjoy Life
This is really what all of the above come down to. My life is pretty good as it is. I have a wonderful husband, our own home, and a secure job with a steady paycheck, my health is much better than to be expected [I’m a leukemia survivor], I have a good start on a career that I love, and I have the power to change most of the things in life that I am not satisfied with right now. Still, I am always looking for ways to make life better for myself and my husband, and for reminders to keep a positive mental attitude and to keep on reaching and making progress towards my goals. Life is overwhelming at times, but I feel like if I can work on things one small step at a time then it won’t all seem so big, and the small goals will motivate me to keep going until I reach the larger ones.

For anyone who reads this, please let me know how you found my blog, and if you are working on any of the same things. If so, good luck, and got any good tips?

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3 Responses to “Welcome! (Again…)”

  1. Glamorous Life of a House Wife Says:

    Look how fun you are! I love your blog title and the look! So cute. I am so happy to find you!

  2. Raine Carraway Says:

    Thanks. I like yours too. It’s nice to see that more women with careers and college educations are wanting to focus on their homes and families first – a lot of my friends look at me like I’m crazy wen I tell them I’d just as soon stay home, and plan to once we have children.

    btw, the chicken pot pie recipe was a hit wit the husband. πŸ™‚

  3. Sherri Says:

    Thank you for linking to me. πŸ™‚ It’s always nice to meet up with kindred spirits. πŸ™‚

    We’re big fans of Dave Ramsey, too. We’re completely out of debt except for our house, and it is the most freeing thing in the world. πŸ™‚

    I also love Flylady. My house is so much better than it could have ever been without her help. πŸ™‚


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