May 20th, 2017 – Sunday Savings!

Can’t believe it’s already Sunday! I am glad I still have tomorrow off. I’m really anxious to get back to work. I am nervous too. Don’t know what to expect. A lot can change in two weeks! And my co-workers are good, they didn’t give me any news while I was off. They wanted me to not think about work and really relax and come back refreshed.

I have been using my time off by blogging, as you can see, but also ways to save money and pay off my debt faster, which i’ll share here too as I find them. Of course you have to sift through a lot of things before finding real helpful information and I think I did find some cool things. One I did find was Ebates. I kept seeing ads and commercials for it back in the day and figured i’d finally check it out. It’s pretty cool actually. For stuff I am going to buy anyhow, I get cash back! So I figure it’s win/win. And if you join, and spend $25, you get $10 cash back just like that! It seems pretty great for families especially. You can check it out here.

I shopped around for better internet prices as well. Here in Canada, one of the big companies is Bell and I find them just really expensive, not to mention their customer service isn’t very good. I gave them a chance to keep me, but they couldn’t match the pricing I found and I am getting free installation and no setup fees AND the first month free with Virgin, so I couldn’t say no.

I have also been car shopping, mostly without any real intent since I still haven’t gotten my insurance cheque. Will be glad when that is in my hands and I can at least have that behind me. Then to get a car and have THAT behind me. Hoping to bring my car payments down. We’ll see when the time comes.

My insurance is pretty inexpensive and with everything going on, I don’t really want to shop around with everything in limbo so i’m keeping my current provider for another year. It’s not going up by too much. So the only other bill I can cut back on is my electricity. I’m looking into small ways to bring down the electricity bill. Every little bit helps!

The biggest thing after rent and my car that I spend the most on is of course food, so i’m really pushing myself to stick to a budget and i’m not ordering out at all. I am aiming to meal plan more to avoid wasting food and buying what’s on sale, and in bulk when possible too and installing the gas buddy app to try and get the cheapest gas possible. It seems that the car i’m interested in has really good fuel efficiency, more than my old Kia, so i’ll hopefully save money that way too.

It feels good to be taking real concrete steps to get rid of the debt. Those are all the things i’m doing when it comes to my bills to be proactive. And for my current debt, the main goal is to bring down the interest rates by doing balance transfers when possible, and transferring everything I can to the lower interest rate as much as I can.

One other thing I do every Sunday (or try to) is enter contests. It’s something small, and I figure if I don’t enter, I can’t win. Two years ago when I was doing it more regularly, I won a few things. A bunch of board games, a $1000 Visa prepaid card, a cheque for $250, more recently I won a kindle. I just need to make sure i’m doing it regularly and you never know!

So I know I said I would update every Sunday on my progress, and I will starting next week for my weight, but for my debt, it makes more sense to do it bi-weekly since that is how I get paid. And so you’ll see my first update next week on everything 🙂

Alright, well I will end it there. Hope you are having a good weekend!

Also, I am starting to update my social media a bit more. Toying around with the idea of doing a Caturday post weekly too, people seem to love my cats lol. You can check them out on my Facebook or Instagram. I have a Pinterest and Twitter too, but I haven’t gotten too involved on them yet. I’d love it if you follow me here and if you are so inclined to on one of those platforms 🙂 don’t forget to like away and share with anyone who might benefit from any of my rambling.

Talk to you sometime mid-week 🙂



Favourite Things

Bonus entry for today, don’t worry. I’ll have a regular post tomorrow. Welcome to my favorite things! I just put a few together, mostly things i’ve talked about here and a few more. I’ll keep adding as I mention and think of them.

Amazon Prime – Needs no introduction! I got the free trial and I loved it. I plan to rejoin again once I am ordering more. They keep adding more and more options for us Canadians and I want to do more groceries online as there are so many options that are 131 friendly online compared to in store.

Piyo – This is the workout I keep talking about that I love. The newest from my mentor Chalene!

Chalene Johnson's PiYo Base Kit - DVD Workout with Exercise Videos + Fitness Tools and Nutrition Guide

Push Journal – I can’t remember if i’ve talked about this yet or not, but it’s the best journal i’ve ever bought. A great way to keep track of your goals in a manageable way like no other. It’s a whole system and it’s got options that integrate it with the 131.

SmartLife Push Journal -Colors Vary

Sweet Drops – These are Stevia drops i’ve been using for a while. I find they have the least aftertaste and you can use it in your morning caffeine, or in other recipes that need a little sweetening. Great for the 131!

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops SteviaClear, 60ml

Kindle – I haven’t talked much about this, but I won a kindle recently and I LOVE it. The first book I read on it is my next recommendation

Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

Wishful Drinking – This is Carrie Fisher’s first autobiography and I couldn’t put it down! I really loved it. She talks about her struggles with mental health and it’s great to hear her take on it.


Furminator – I haven’t talked much about my cats, but they are a big part of my life, and with cats comes cat hair! These things are amazing! And my ginger cat Milo often gets matted hair at the change of season. This works GREAT to get through them, and for regular maintenance to avoid extra shedding around your home.

FURminator DeShed Tool Cat, Large, Long

May 17th, 2018 – Medicated!



So I have had a busy week despite being off work. Gotten a lot of stuff done. It’s been nice. I seem to be doing okay, despite some back pain here and there when I strain it too much, and some light-headedness every now and then, but both seem to be happening less and less. And my bruises are fading.

I saw my doctor on Tuesday as a followup to make sure that my heart rate was back to normal, and it seems to be, and I finally bit the bullet and asked about medication. For years I have been trying to avoid this and succeeding in dealing with my anxiety naturally, with exercise, writing, and lots of other coping mechanisms, but it’s been several months going where I have been at a steady state of anxiety and I knew I needed some help.

I don’t think it’s been only limited to what has happened in the past few months, but just in general, worrying about the future. Being single I think it’s normal at my age to feel anxious about it. My parents are getting older, most of my friends are in relationships and/or married and/or starting families. I have great friends and never feel like a third wheel with any of them really, and still have a few single friends thankfully too.

I just would of course love to have that man in my life. Settle down, feel some stability. Hopefully this will be that year. With that car accident I have definitely gotten the kick in the butt I needed to work on my goals so that definitely helps.

This week is prep week for the first phase of the 131 so it’s for learning what to do in this upcoming phase. I haven’t changed my eating habits yet, and because i’m off work i’m still not eating great, so don’t be surprised if there isn’t any real change on the scale for this week, but there will be next Sunday, I promise. I’m excited to show you how fast the weight comes off!

Because of the back aching occasionally and the lightheadedness I also decided to delay doing Piyo until next week. Luckily it’s a holiday here in Canada so I can do it on Monday without having to fit it in before or after work. I always find that easier.

And although I haven’t heard from my car insurance, I will be getting compensated luckily for this week off and I am able to get refunded partially for further therapy sessions. Which I think would be a great idea. Driving is mostly back to normal, although I do get nervous in intersections still and when i’m driving at night, but i’m happy that I got over that fear more quickly than expected.

Now back to the medication. So, i’ve only taken it for a couple of days now, and I can’t say for sure it’s related, but I do feel happier, and more relaxed since I started. I have been told it can take some time for the real effects to kick in, so I wasn’t expecting anything drastic to start, i’m just happy to be taking better care of myself.

I have been working on an ebook this week, more related to my previous blog which you can check out if you are so inclined. It might not be your cup of tea if you’re not spiritual, but I was once very into the law of attraction in a past life, and so i’m revisiting the subject, with the several more years of experiences and opinions i’ve developed since then sprinkled in.

I am really enjoying writing, so you might see more of that. I’ll keep you posted.

And last but not least, it’s a new season, so it means there’s a new fabfitfun box! I am copy/pasting the preview pic of the box because most of the fun in getting this box is the surprise! I think when I get it, i’ll do my first video blog of opening it so you guys can see things in more detail. If you want in the fun, click here!


I will be back on Sunday 🙂

Sunday May 13th – Mother’s Day


So as a result of this week’s events I have decided to really make some changes. And given the title of this blog, I think that working on my main goals and taking better care of myself would be appropriate to share with you guys.

Those being working down my debt and my weight. So as part of that, every Sunday I will give an update on it. I am going to start a new round of the 131 and Piyo again tomorrow. I am hoping that with my progress you’ll be encouraged to make changes too and see how good the program is. You can check it out here. Piyo is also from Chalene Johnson. It’s one of her workout programs. I like it because I can see my progress. Of course I haven’t made any progress in the last 2 months because of all that happened. But it’s high time to make a change.

When it comes to my debt, of course there won’t be a big difference every week, but there will every 2 weeks, so I will update it biweekly. With the car stuff up in the air I expect there to be a fluctuation with that in the next month or so, but after that it will normalize into a steady rhythm. No more ordering out for this girl!

Being that it’s mother’s day I do need to give a shoutout to my amazing Mom. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last 2 months without her. And my dad was great, staying with me at the hospital for the whole 12 hours I was there after the accident. I have great parents. And I know that I am really blessed. If nothing else the accident made me see how many people really care about me in my life. Maybe that was the reason for it, that and me wanting to really change my life for the best. Make the most out of it.

I have to see my doctor this week for a followup to the accident to make sure my heart rate etc are back to normal. And one thing I wanted to talk to him about is medication, at least temporarily. This situation definitely has not helped my anxiety, and I think it would be good to do something at least to get me through this time. It’s not something I take lightly, and I do think that lifestyle changes are often enough to help, but right now i’m at such a constant state of anxiety I think it would be a good idea to help me get over the hump at least.

I really want to use this blog to help people, dealing with anxiety, and anything else they can relate to in my life. I’m nobody special, but I do love to write and help people. And I will never recommend anything that I don’t really love myself. I can be too honest sometimes and I put my foot in my mouth lol.

I have some ideas that I hope to implement and put out there and will talk about these things when i’m ready to/they’re ready to be talked about.

So I will end with my current stats and I will be back during the week!

Current weight: 255.1

Current net worth: – $23,749.01