I Love You Like a Blogger Roundup – 11/01

It’s accountability Friday, my friends.

In last Friday’s roundup I mentioned my desire to have an emergency fund and NOT touch it.  In Monday’s post I declared it’s time for me to finally MAN UP and DO IT.  Today is the first day of the month which marks the beginning of a new bi-monthly budget cycle for the Pizels.  As specified in the post earlier this week, as part of our bill paying / spending plan activity, $100 has been placed into our savings account to begin my challenge to have a $1000 emergency fund by February 28th.    Each Friday the balance of the emergency fund will be listed in a new section of the Roundup post, as seen below.

I love being publicly accountable.  There’s something about sticking it out there for other people to see that makes a person want to succeed.  Which brings me to my next subject.

In the beginning of October I ran the Twin Cities 10 mile race.  As I crossed the finish line I decided that in 2014 I want to again run the full marathon.  It will be my 4th marathon, and I want it to be my best.  My ultimate goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon – it’s one of my life goals.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m turning the big 4-0 in December, but I have it stuck in my head that the time to fulfill this goal is NOW.  Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen at my current weight.  I am going to have to train very hard, and I’m going to have to slim down.  Therefore there will be a short fitness update section from now as well.

Again, there’s something about sticking it out there for other people to see that makes a person not want to disappoint.  🙂 I hope you’ll walk along with me on both of these journeys – with your help I know I can be successful with both of them!

Now, let’s get fist pumping…

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Emergency Fund Update

November 1st is the beginning of a new budget / spending plan cycle, therefore $100 was added to the Emergency Fund.

  • Total Balance:  $100
  • Goal Balance:  $1000 (by February 28th)

Marathon Training Update

  • 11/01 Weight  :  211.0
  • Goal Weight  :   185.0

Training Highlights:  On non-running days I use a machine called the Expresso bike.  It’s a bike at my gym that has trail simulations you can pick from, and they are simulated not only on the screen in front of me, but also in effort.  If I’m going down a hill, the resistance lessens.  if I’m going up a hill, it increases.  On Wednesday I did a total of 16.5 miles including 4 different trails with the longest trail being a 9.5 mile ride with a 1000+ foot climb!

Stop back next week for more fist pumps, and updates.  Have a GREAT weekend!

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22 Responses to “I Love You Like a Blogger Roundup – 11/01”

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  1. I like the stats…amazing how writing down goals and keeping track keeps you accountable. Oh and telling the whole interwebs doesn’t hurt either. Keep it up!

    • Travis says:

      Exactly, Brent….that’s why I’m doing it. I know someone will call me out if I’m not doing what I should be. Plus it would be a public admission of failure which would not be acceptable. LOL.

  2. Thanks for the fist pump Travis, and I definitely will be following your pursuit of your goals. Good luck!

  3. Debt Blag says:

    Congratulations on taking the first step to building up an emergency fund. It’s such a great security blanket for me to know it’s there.

    And you’re making huge strides on getting to marathon weight. Keep it up!

  4. Good luck with all your goals. That would be an amazing achievement to qualify for the boston marathon. What time do you have to do a marathon in to be eligible? Good luck with the weight loss goal too…tough this time of year for sure! I don’t think it’s possible for me to lose much weight, but I’d like to tone up those, um, soft areas. lol! Keep pf-workin’ it!

    • Travis says:

      Thanks, Tonya! I would have to come in at 3:15 to qualify. Currently my personal best is 4:07. So I’ve got a LOT of work to do. But I’ve never run a marathon at my goal weight….and I’ve never done the kind of training I’ve wanted to do. I’m GOING to get there this year…..!

  5. Wow, that’s a great goal, and I do think putting it out in public makes you much more likely to achieve it. I just started training for my fist half marathon, and it might take me three hours to do that! Thanks for the mention.

  6. Mackenzie says:

    Good luck with your goals, Travis!! Have a fabulous weekend 🙂

  7. So psyched that you guys have made that first deposit into the E-fund! Thanks for mentioning my Frugal Rules post, Travis. I appreciate it!

  8. Those are some awesome goals to have Travis! My wife wants to do a half marathon sometime soon, so I know that it’s a lot of hard work to get there and beyond. I didn’t realize we’re so close in age – I turn 40 in January myself. Thanks much for mentioning Laurie’s post! Have a great weekend!

  9. dojo says:

    Best of luck with your November plans. Keep up the good work.
    PS: thank you for sharing my article, happy you liked it 😉

  10. I am very glad that you have decided to focus on your emergency fund. I am lucky that I started to save for emergency fund last year. My mother suddenly became very sick in this May and it was a huge medical bill. I am glad that I could help mom with my emergency fund.

    • Travis says:

      I bet that felt AWESOME to have the ability to help your mom, Kevin! That’s just one example of the kind of freedom that an emergency fund gives a person – I hope she’s doing better now. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts!

  11. It’s good to see you’ve started taking baby steps towards your emergency fund. I’ve read some of posts over at the CareOne Community, and it’s fascinating to see you emerge out of your debt situation.

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