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Splurge Complete

April 25th, 2007 at 01:54 am

So I bought it. New shiny laptop. Itís replacing my desktop. I can take it traveling for work, or use it in bed, or sit in a cafť and use it. It was getting close to the time to upgrade or replace my desktop, and I use the computer a lot, so it feels like a decent splurge, instead of an extravagant splurge.

Being on Weight Watchers has got me eating really good food. Good in both senses: healthy, and tasty. IĎm eating a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, lots of fish, even some shrimp. Lots of artichoke hearts, hummus, parmesan. Sautťed zucchini, beans, yogurt, whole grains. Flavored oils, vinegars, tapenades. Iíve lost 13.2 pounds in 7 weeks, exciting enough to be motivating, slow enough to feel solid. Iím also cooking more, and still buying lots of basic ingredients instead of convenience foods.

I host poker Friday. Iíve lost the last two times by playing very sloppily. Then Saturday I drive four hours to my folkís place in Clearlake. So Iíll be social, and productive. Along those lines, I removed the TV from the bedroom. Itís a baby portable, broadcast only, that used to move around, but became parked in the bedroom. I found myself watching bad, bad TV. So much in life to do thatís either fun or taking care of business, and I didnít want to keep wasting time. I still love my Netflix (to get some good TV shows!) and have shows I love, I just want to watch by choice not habit.

My new laptop also doesnít have one of the games I used to play all the time. I always feel good when I take an action to change something thatís been worrying me.

12 Responses to “Splurge Complete”

  1. fairy74 Says:

    Enjoy your new computer Smile

  2. princessperky Says:

    congrats on the new computer and weight loss!

  3. monkeymama Says:

    A nice splurge indeed. I love our laptop to death - means I don't have to be so anti-social when I need to work or just want to surf the web.

    Slow and steady definitely wins the race - good job!

  4. jodi Says:

    I'm glad you wrote that about the tv...I noticed myself being sucked in a little bit more lately too. I'll have to make a conscious effort to keep it turned off (isn't this no TV week anyway?)

  5. Lux Living Frugalis Says:

    I have been missing you, are you okay?

    I took my TV out of the bedroom last year - too much junk on, not very restful.

  6. Frank Says:

    LOL, I got my new laptop this year. And
    within two months, i started to ignore the desktop
    pc completely, at first it was hard to adjust my
    fingers to my laptop keyword, but now I ENJOY,
    less movement and fast speed.

    Congratulations on both good news of laptop and weight loss..
    Frank

  7. MAREE IWERS Says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog, you are so brave to take this on for a year. I now find myself questioning almost everything I purchase, and the things that I thought were needs that were actually wants. Hope your doing well and I would love to hear how life has been post challenge...

  8. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Still missing you!

  9. Thrifty Ray Says:

    where did you go???? I miss seeing your blogs and hearing whats up...check in with us if you get a chance!

  10. LuxLiving Says:

    Well, it's been a long time and I still miss you!

  11. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Miss you! Hope you are doing well!

  12. Cat Says:

    Hello--Are you still there? I am writing an article on extreme frugality for a small publication in VA and am interested in communicating with you about this thrifty living project of yours, even though it is a few years old. I have a few questions for you. Thanks!!

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