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When Itís Over

November 24th, 2006 at 11:58 pm

Iím thinking about whatís going to happen post-Challenge (March 2007), and though Iíve got a couple of wants, I think that I really want to keep a lot of the habits Iíve developed or strengthened.

I want to continue to go to garage sales and thrift stores more often; I have been re-reminded how much good stuff is out there. Along with that, I want to continue to be on the look out for great gifts all year long. Some of the best presents I have for this year were super cheap at garage sales, and normally I wouldnít have been thinking of Christmas in July.

I want to continue to go out to eat less. I am really intrigued by enjoying it more when I do it less. Thatís actually dining outÖ.Iím not happy with take out, and am not feeling like I get value there. For dining out, I want to make sure I do it because Iím spending real quality time with friends or co-workers over lunch or dinner, and that if Iím the one who instigates it, I want to go because I want that special food, not because Iím lazy. I may spend more than now, but nowhere near what I was spending ($100 a month). Iím thinking $50 a month average will work. (Now note that Iím debt free and putting a pretty fair chunk in savings; Iím not advocating that $50 would work for everyone!)

I want to continue to be more creative in the kitchen, so that I can make tasty, simple, low cost meals that are good for me. Discovering that chicken thighs that have been put in the crock pot de-bone like a dream was a life changing experience for me. Buying and using a freezer has been awesome, and Iíve been able to be very consistent about packing a lunch and eating breakfast, partially due to new tricks (freezing oatmeal being one).

I want to remain ever vigilant in the face of lattťs and manicures Costco runs and window shopping. I like that I donít spend out of habit. I like that I know where I get a big bang for my buck. Iím not anti-lattť; Iím anti lattť for me. If I am going to treat myself, even treat myself super frequently, itís going to be on the gas for a hot bath, and bubble bath and bath salts.

I want to continue to avoid clutter; appliance clutter, knick knack clutter, any unused item clutter. The less stuff I have the more I like the way my house looks.

Things I may spend money on in March, or sometime after the challengeÖ.

Iím thinking about a laptop. As itís a big purchase, Iíd want to think on it a long time before buying, Challenge or no. I think Iíd use it travelling for work a lot-and the airports seem to have free wi-fi. March happens to be a three paycheck for me, so it is tempting.

Iíd like a nice jewelry stand (earrings and necklaces) and jewelry box. I have a fair collection (semi-precious stones and silver, mostly-no big money, but souvenirs from my travels and gifts, that I wear daily.) I know what Iím thinking of, and I think that I may have to spend a fair amount. Iíll be on the look out.

Iíd like to be able to spend a little more on My Guy for the holidays. This year will be fine; Iím not thinking it will be bad. And what Iíd be looking at spending post-Challenge, maybe $150 total for all gifts large and small, isnít too extravagant. Itís just that a lot of things he would like are not apt to be found used or at garage sales: such as 1 gig flash drives, or original art by certain local artists, or other computer related items.

Iíd like to do more weekend trips. Iíd like to every couple months go up to Oregon or down to Fort Bragg and stay in a cheap hotel for a night or two.

Iíd like something I can put pod casts on. Maybe an iPod, maybe not. I love certain radio shows like Wait, Wait, Donít Tell Me and This American Life and others, and Iíd like to be able to listen ďon demandĒ as I walk to work and back.

Iíd like to get a bra-fitting, and buy one nice high quality bra. It may sound silly, it may even be silly. However Iíve been thinking about this a long time, and come March, itís happening.

What I wonít be changing is my lifestyle. I may have a laptop, but Iíll be hanging laundry and washing dishes by hand and making crazy blender soups. I might have a super supportive brassiere but Iíll still be buying used tops, bottoms, and shoes, and getting buck-a-bag books.

5 Responses to “When Itís Over”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    It's good of you to start planning ahead this way. If it were me, I'd be afraid I'd let go like a crazy person afterwards, but I think maybe you have a better handle on it than that.

  2. Aleta Says:

    Your ideas reminded me of my diet and when I accomplished the weight gain. I started thinking of what food that I would have first that I had denied myself for so long and of course, I would just have it once in a while. While I agree with you and I think that you have to be cautious. I also agree that there are just certain things that one wants that is yes luxurious to others, but something that is a treat for us. I try to use small things like candles, bath beads, or whatever when I have reached certain goals. Of course, I try to find it on sale. But, you have surely done a great job. Congratulations!

  3. Aleta Says:

    Sorry, I meant that when I accomplished my weight loss. I guess that was a freudian slip. OW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. janH Says:

    I love chicken from the crock pot! It just falls off the bone!

  5. Sunshine Suz Says:

    I've been wearing cheap...and the wrong size bras my whole life. In September, my daughter took me to Victoria's Secret and got me fitted. I ended up buying three bras. They were $44 each. EKKK!!! BUT as she kept telling me..."They will change your life, Mom!" The first day I wore one, it did feel like I had a "Secret!". It is unbelievable what a "Good Foundation" will do for you! Both looks and morale! Do It!! : )

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