July Goals & June Recap

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It ended up being a spendier month than I had hoped! I’m going into July with a new resolve, though. Let’s roll tape:

  • Sign up for dance class on hold. I put this on an indefinite hold to work through my injury, plus I’ve started doing Zumba really regularly and I think my dancing desire is being fulfilled 🙂
  • Make travel plans for July 4 check. After a lot of fighting and nearly booking a plane ticket to see a friend in Atlanta instead of visiting family who couldn’t get it together, I’m going to Ohio.
  • Read two books fail. I read one at least!
  • Go to the theme park near me (thanks for the free tickets, Coke!) check. I didn’t waste any time on this goal, going on June 1, and I reviewed the park here (and discovered that I’m officially a Park Snob!)
  • Pay $800 to my debt check. I paid $818.52 this month, including paying off my smallest student loan which meant I got to see this for the first time:

first loan payoff

  • Set up my 401k check. It won’t hit my checks for one or two pay periods, so I’m not sure how it will effect my monthly take-home, but at least it’s something to cross off!
  • Get my budget back on track
  • Finish unpacking I’m as unpacked as I think I’m going to get. Apparently the guys got a storage unit which we really have no need for but I’m sure I’m going to have to put in for it, so I might take some of the things under my bed out to it.
  • Buy a bikecheck! I bought one for $80 on craigslist.
  • 20 No Spend Days big fat FAIL.
  • Sign up and start training for a half marathon check. I signed up for the Rock ‘n Roll Cleveland Half and to say that I’m terrified is an understatement.

My July goals are mostly money-centric:

  • Track spending
  • Lose 5 pounds
  • Go to King’s Island
  • Pay off another dental bill
  • Go on a shopping ban following July 4th weekend
  • Juice 2 meals a day 4 times a week
  • Sign up for two more races
  • Read one book
  • Track my blood pressure before & after workouts
  • Do two secret shops
  • Deliver my next load to Goodwill
  • Do a Vlog
  • Pay another $800 to debt
  • Finish my “life binder”

You’ll notice that tracking my BP is on the list for this month. In high school, I had some pretty crazy symptoms including passing out at random. The worst was during an outdoor band performance in December, when my fellow drummers had to carry me inside and I woke up being held up by my director. Doctors could never figure out what the cause was, and eventually it stopped happening. This is all to say – I have naturally low blood pressure, I’ve been having the symptoms again, and I’ve noticed that my already-low BP has been bottoming out while I’m in the gym. (It went down 20 points during an hour on the elliptical.) I want to hit a doctor’s office with solid documentation so they can’t just brush me off.

Happy July!

July 1, 2013
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  • Reply KK @ Student Debt Survivor

    That blood pressure thing is pretty scary. It’s always better to go in with documentation of your symptoms and when you’re experiencing them, otherwise doctors and dismiss you, which is frustrating. I’ve never done a blog before but I think it would be fun.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:03 am
    • Reply desi

      Especially with the history I have of being in and out and these symptoms recurring, I’m trying to track everything I can think of!

      July 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

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