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June 2012

June #PFWorkout Update

June 30, 2012

For anyone new to Blonde on a Budget, #pfworkout is a hashtag personal finance bloggers use on Twitter to share exercise, weight loss and healthy living accomplishments. Each month, I set personal goals and post updates on my progress.

My goal for this month was to workout 5 days/week. While that didn’t happen every week, it did for two weeks in a row. I also worked out twice on two separate days and saw one number that I’d been aiming for…

This month, I:

  • worked out 17 times in 15 days (including today)
  • ate an average of 1618.4 calories each day (tracked on LoseIt!)
  • lost 3.0 lbs.
  • lost 0″

Adding my previous numbers, I’m down a total of 15.0 lbs. and 10 inches. That might not sound like a lot, considering I’ve been at this for 4 months now, but I’ve learned that losing weight is about so much more than just seeing the numbers drop.

With that being said, I’m going to make July my happiest and healthiest month yet. I’m planning on working out at least 25 of 31 days and I can’t wait to see what my next #pfworkout update looks like!

What #pfworkout updates are you most proud from this month? Haven’t used the hashtag yet? Join in anytime!

Guess Who’s Going to #FinCon12!?

June 26, 2012

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After deciding not to attend the Bold Academy, I started to question what I would do with my non-refundable plane ticket. Because of the airline I was flying with, I could change the flight but it had to be international (going to Toronto was not an option). So I weighed out three other choices: visiting a friend in Arizona, taking a solo trip to NYC, or going to #FinCon12 in Denver. The title of this post should tell you which trip won.

As everything was being worked out, I contacted one of my favourite female bloggers, Carrie from Careful Cents. I asked if she was going to #FinCon12 – yes. I asked if she had a roommate – no. I asked if she would want one – yes. And with that, I knew this was a trip I could not only afford now but one that would make this entire experience come around full circle.

Going on a solo trip to NYC was a close contender, as I’m dying to meet the ladies at LearnVest, but I think I’m going on a girls’ trip there in May of next year. Now, I get to meet, hangout, and learn with many of the bloggers in this community; the people who have been my biggest supporters this last year. I’m so excited to meet you all! And maybe we’ll even squeeze in a couple #pfworkouts!?

Are you going to #FinCon12? :)

A Bold Move

June 22, 2012

Well, this is a post I can guarantee you never saw coming…

For the last week or so, I’ve had this pit in the bottom of my stomach. At first, I thought it was just stress. I had been go go go with fundraising, trying to finish school and working out 4+ days per week, that I hadn’t taken any time to sit and really reflect on what it is that I was feeling.

When I was at the gym, I wasn’t focused on my workouts. I was focused on the time and how little I had. When I was doing homework, I didn’t care about the quality. I wanted to produce the content and submit it. I wasn’t eating very well. I was only getting 3-4 hours of sleep per night. And I was ignoring what was really going on. But earlier this week, I finally figured it out: I didn’t want to go to the Bold Academy anymore.

There are a number of reasons that made me reach this decision, not all of which I’m comfortable sharing yet, but no one could have been more shocked about it than I was. And then came the fear. The fear of saying that I didn’t think it was the right move at this time. The fear of telling you that, after two months of talking about this, I no longer wanted to do it. And the fear of what everyone else would say in response.

I tried to talk myself out of it. I went back and re-read every single post that I’ve mentioned the Bold Academy in. I read emails and tweets and text messages from you all. I repeatedly asked myself how I could come so far and now not want to go. But nothing could change my mind. So, I trusted my gut instinct and my intuition and I gave up my spot. And the relief that came with it has been unimaginable…

I’m now crazily working through refunding everyone’s donations, as well as still trying to finish school by the end of the month. But then I’m going to take the first week of July off to relax and reflect. I’ve been in school for the last 24 months, and haven’t had a summer off since 2009. That’s not even close to being one of the reasons I gave up my spot in the Bold Academy, but I am realizing that I could probably use a bit of a break.

The final point I want to add here is that I do not discredit any of the efforts you all made to help me reach my goal of going. I was there. I was in. And it would never have happened, without you. I feel as though I am full of good, new and positive energy, that I not only want to share with others but also use to pay it forward. I feel like a new version of myself. A better version who knows the good this world is capable of.

I’ll leave it there for now, as I have a lot of missed sleep to catch up on, and then more homework to do. But I’d like to add that I hope you won’t see me as any less of a person or friend, as a result of this decision. Because trusting your intuition is one of the scariest things you can do… and I don’t regret anything about trusting mine.