I went on an over-nighter training hike to Stone Door and Ranger Falls in Tennessee. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Here is my review for the week of April 2-8th
Sales of $215.78 after expenses, not including cost of goods. This is below the $300 weekly amount I want. I only listed 28 items, which helps explain the low numbers. Consistent listing is a key in ebay sales. My goal for this week is 15 listings per day, 75 total.
I made $200 last week doing extra work (cleaning windows, digging a ditch). I spent $185 of that paying my city and county business taxes.
The first week of the month is a critical financial time for me. Rent is due and so is my Ebay bill. This coincides with natural lag in my cleaning business income, so there are no checks coming in at that time. I need to fund a $500 emergency fund to cover this and give me some peace of mind.
Proper nutrition and stress control is vital for me to continue losing weight. Last week, after I paid my local business taxes instead of waiting, I ran out of chicken and kale and started eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I can eat PB&J all day, every day. So I ate too much and started gaining weight. Also, on Saturday while working, I at a Little Ceasars pizza. It was only $5 and I was out of the good, nutritious food I normally eat and I had some financial stress and that seemed to console me. Those were bad decisions.
A $500 emergency fund along with proper meal planning should alleviate this.
I need to up my intensity; be more focused and money conscious. Ebay must work or I must get a job. For ebay to work I must list at least 10 items per day, 5 days a week. Really more, but let’s start with that.
Also, I need to be open to adding more cleaning accounts. Maybe 3 or 4 more. It’s either that or get a job and jobs are too time consuming.
Good workouts, I ran 5 days and my times are starting to go below a 13 minute mile. Pushups, situps and stretching all worked fine last week, good consistency.
The bad-my nutrition late in the week when I ran out of cash. My weight went from 236 to 242 in 3 days. I’ll focus on getting back on track nutritionally, eating a kale or spinach salad every day along with having chicken breast and lean hamburg cooked and ready to eat and snack on. I’m taking Monday off from jogging and squatting to heal my right knee which is a little sore.
Feeling good mentally. I’ve been listening to Nathaniel Bradens’ Succeeding Through Inner Strength. I’ve listened to it several times. Braden wrote several books on self-esteem, including the bestseller When I Say No I Feel Guilty. Braden uses a system called Sentence Completion to raise the self-esteem. You can read about his process here. I am currently doing the sentence completions in the morning to try it out. Basically, it helps bring more awareness to your life and your decisions.
Simply not good enough. I need more intention and more financial buffer. I’m going to sell my Playstation 4 and put that towards a $500 emergency fund.
Every year in America, 44, 193 people give up hope for a better life and kill themselves. For every one suicide, twenty-five people attempt to kill themselves. It is the tenth leading cause of death in the US. Middle aged men and women, 45-64 have some of the highest rates of suicide. And men are 3.5 times more likely to end their life than women. (stats from here)
I’ve been there and wrote about it in my book. I’m no expert, I’m a janitor with my own experiences. But I’ve been lucky. A long time ago I read Og Mandino. And for some reason his story has always resonated with me. And his words have come back to me at my bleakest moments. Have you ever heard of Og?
Og Mandino was born [Read more…]
Have you every attended a seminar or read a book that could change your life and yet a year later your life remained the same? Have you ever looked at your New Year’s Resolutions from last year and noticed they can be re-used for this year because you haven’t changed?
Join the club. The majority of people who buy motivational books and courses never finish them and even fewer ever use the information in them. Most people who lose weight gain it back. I can personally testify to that.
So, how do you make change permanent? By using the acronym BDAMD (like, ‘be damned’): Believe, Decide, Affirm, Meditate, Do. BDAMD is perfect because if you don’t follow it, you are damned. So here are the details.
“No wonder you can’t do it, you acquiesce to defeat before you even begin”-Pai Mei, Kill Bill: Vol 2
Think of some successful people you know. What is their confidence level like? I’ve noticed that all the successful people I know are extremely confident. They believe they can succeed. Because they believe they can succeed they do whatever it takes to succeed and it usually works. So a big part of the BDAMD process focuses on building belief and confidence, which brings us to step two. [Read more…]
“Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future”. -Arnold H. Glasow
Does your past haunt you? Do you have failures, hurts and disappointments that affect your confidence and actions today?
I do. My life is riddled with bad decisions and the consequences from my actions. If you’re like me, you realize you cannot change your past, or can you?
Can our past become not only a tool for learning what to do and what not to do, but also an ally to help us live the life we dream of? Yes, and there are two ways to do this. [Read more…]
So, how are your New Years Resolutions or your yearly goals going? Have you failed yet? I have.
One area that I’ve failed at already is weight loss. My weight dipped down to 235 lbs on Monday, January 28th, which is down from 271 lbs on Nov. 1, 2013. I knew I was on course to make my goal of losing 12 lbs. in January, which would put me at 233.
Another goal I had was to [Read more…]