I Have TOO Much

This year my new Year’s resolutions centred around one basic theme:

I HAVE TOO MUCH

  • too much extra weight
  • too much debt
  • too much stuff

So I set resolutions in an effort to “Trim the Fat”:

  • Lose weight (10-15lbs) by running 4 times a week, completing a 10K and maybe even a 1/2 marathon.
  • Reduce our debt – get a line of credit to pay off credit cards, cut the cards up and begin to make some big payments!
  • Have a garage sale and sell all of the baby crap and clutter!
  • Work harder at work – ask more questions, get involved and do more!

Now that it’s February, most people have long forgotten the resolutions they made (if they even bothered to make any).  But this year I’m keeping mine.  Want proof?

Last month, according to NikePlus I ran 11 times – though my training journal at sweat365.com disagrees (it says I ran 10 times) and I would further disagree – I distinctly remember that I ran twice without my iPod and therefore not getting credit for my run, so make that 13 times.  (Hopefully next month I’ll do a better job of tracking my runs).

According to my Wii Fit I’ve lost a grand total of 3 lbs.  This totally sucks – I ate really healthy, said no to cake and ran more this past month than I did all of last year.  Which means I totally have to step this up by adding more.  More running, some swimming and some core strengthening.  Which is why I set this month’s goal on NikePlus to run 16 times, which is in line with my resolution.  I’m also going to swim 2 nights a week, Monday and Wednesday nights, so you may see less of me on here as I strive for there to actually be less of me.  Before I cuddle up to my laptop boyfriend I will spend some time doing some core strengthening (I may have to visit some fitness websites for some ideas).

My second resolution was to decrease our debt.  What I didn’t mention is that my hubby and I haven’t filed our taxes since 2003.  Yes – you read that right – I said 2003.  Now you would think the government would be all over us like a fat kid on a smartie (an M&M for all you American folk ’cause apparently you don’t know what the f–k a Smartie is), but they aren’t.  Yes the government generally leave you alone when they owe YOU money.  Unfortunately filing taxes from past years is a royal pain in the arse.  So I called up Intuit, those kind folk who make QuickTax and asked where I could buy QuickTax 2004, 2005, 2006, & 2007.  Intuit is one kick a$$ company because you know what they told me?  They said if I buy QuickTax 2008 and provide them with my order # they would provide me with the download links and activation codes for ALL of the software that I need!  Yes INTUIT YOU ROCK!  So that’s what I did and now I’m the proud new owner of QuickTax 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008!!!  Happy Dance!  So guess what?  i have a hot date with my laptop boyfriend this weekend to do our taxes and then send away for the oodles of cash the government owes us (I estimate this to be in the ~$5,000.00 range).  Not a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, but enough to make a bit of a dent in our debt.  I’m well on my way to accomplishing resolution #2.

Resolution #3 was to get rid of the baby crap – unfortunately yard sales in 4 feet of snow don’t do well so that resolution is on hold until Spring (though i hear Spring will be coming soon ’cause our good friends the groundhogs saw their shadows this year).

Resolution #4 was to work harder.  I’m happy to say I wasn’t late for work even once last month (and that’s sayin’ alot ’cause we sure have gotten a shitload of snow this month).  I’ve even registered for a college night school course in my field.  Every Thursday night I get to spend 3 hours being bored to tears and discussing “Supply Chain Management” with 8 of my peers.  My class started last week and I’m already behind on my homework (my text book that I ordered online hasn’t arrived yet).  Sigh.

Yes – with 1 month down this year, and eleven more to go, I’m off to a great start.  How are you doing with your resolutions?


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-Janice aka @momontherun

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10 thoughts on “I Have TOO Much

  1. Those are great goals. Mine are actually very similar – get rid of the excess. I can’t wait for the spring thaw to be able to have a yard sale as well!! Don’t stress too much about your weight loss – the amount you are running you are probably building some great muscle mass – I am so impressed with how well you are doing – and very inspired!!

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  2. What’s really annoying is that I was late with my taxes before and they charged me a penalty. Then I was late another year and they charged me such an exorbitant penalty that it was almost as much as my taxes owing were and when I called them on it, they, in effect, said, “you were late before… too bad”, while at the same time my 2nd husband hadn’t done any taxes for 10 years and they never even sent him a letter. Me? They put a hold on my bank account.

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  3. You win 5 internets for your potty mouth. Good job. Profanity makes me giggle inside. I’m being completely serious.

    Smart move with the back taxes thing. That’s a brilliant way to knock out some debt. Another idea, since you are Canadian, won’t the government take beaver pelts or something? I mean, just go into your front yard, grab some skins, and head over to the trading post.

    Sorry for this comment. I’m in a weird mood today.

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  4. hey, let me know what baby crap you are getting rid of, I’d probably buy some it. Specifically I’d want any 6 mth+ sleepers, an exersaucer, and a bumbo. Plus probably other stuff I’m not thinking of right now, let me know what you’ve got!

  5. YEAH YOU!!! WOOO HOOO!
    Great job on working towards actual goals for the year. If you want something that can make you feel better toward your weight lose goal you can find someplace that will measure your body fat.
    Instead of waiting for “yard sale season” if you have a local classified ad you can list your items for sale there. Ebay is an option if you want to put up with their BS and fees.
    I am sure to file our taxes every year. We usually get a bunch back. We have extra taken out every week just so we get a big return.I know we are giving the govt a tax free loan all year, but it is a good way to save $70 to $80 a week. It pays off in the end and we can pay off bills then.

  6. wow . I cannot imagine not filing taxes! We always celebrate with our tax return no matter how small. Last year we owed grrr … this year we have everything all set just need one T4 and we are filing.

    I started running again …. well walking and running like in the beginning. We bought a treadmill. I love it. Not as much as I love running outside but we have way too much snow to even consider that.

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  7. Your resolutions sound EXACTLY like mine! What’s that saying about great minds thinking alike? In order to tackle my weight issues I’ve signed up for a 10 mile clinic with the running room (goal race is the Brooklyn 10 Miler in May – wanna do it with me?) In order to tackle our debt, I made Chris get a consolidation loan last year which took care of 2 of our 3 credit cards. We’re going back to the bank in April to incorporate the 3rd card. As for too much stuff – I don’t have any ’cause I don’t have any kids! :)

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