Did March feel incredibly long to anyone else? Even though I was on vacation and traveling (which usually makes me feel as though time is flying by too quickly), last month seemed to drag. It was also an incredibly spendy month – my shopping ban ended, so I bought some new workout clothes (I get really exciting about moisture-wicking clothes, apparently), my best friend moved away, so we spent a lot of dinner out and buying drinks, and all of the travel expenses very nearly blew our budget. Luckily, it was a 3-paycheck month, and I also got a decent raise at work, which offset our gluttonous spending.
So from a money standpoint, everything is cool, but how did I do on my goals?
1. Work out 4 days per week. Done!
The most impressive thing about this is that I actually managed to exercise while we were on vacation, although I think the credit goes to D for this one.
2. Read 8 books and review. Fail.
I got through 6, and 5 if I don’t count the copy of The Richest Man in Babylon from our work library, which inexplicably turned out to be a British book about tRMiB instead of the story itself. I don’t know how that even happens at an American company, but there you go.
3. No bread or refined sugar for 1 week. Kinda?
This was really hard. I actually have a terrible sweet tooth and crave sugar all. the. time. Have you ever eaten something and felt sick afterward because it was TOO sweet? I have never felt that way ever. My downfall was making cake balls for my friend’s going away party – I “taste tested” (read: justified eating) one, and I ate one from stress the next day. I also ate one peanut M&M, which sounds like a crazy thing to even remember or care about, but I took it from a coworker’s candy jar sort of mindlessly as we were chatting, and I think that was the worst violation of all. After all, willpower is one thing (and willpower against cake balls isn’t even a real thing), but mindlessly eating candy is a habit I should not have.
Bread, surprisingly, was not that hard to give up (I made lettuce wraps or salads out of sandwich items), but I definitely gorged on French toast after it was all over!
4. File taxes. Done!
We shoved everything into TurboTax and let it go. We ended up with a huge refund due to my poor planning and not changing my withholdings after D left his job last year. I won’t pretend the money isn’t a nice surprise, but still feel sort of silly for letting it be so huge.
5. Apply at the animal shelter. Fail.
I have no excuses, other than being a terrible person.