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…
Posts That Make Me Fist Pump
- Top Ten Scariest Financial Products from On Target Coach
- Personal finance things my grandma taught me from Dojo Blog
- Top Five Ways To Make Sure You Never Retire Early from Eyes On the Dollar
- Buying in Bulk: Making Warehouse Club Shopping Worth the Trip from Frugal Rules
- Would You Repay A Debt That’s About To Drop Off Your Credit Report? from My Money Counselor
Shameless Self Promotion
- Programs That Save You at the Grocery Store AND the Gas Station! is my post this week in the CareOne Community
- 3 Ways My Daughter Is A Halloween Costume Shopping Superstar is my latest staff post at My Personal Finance Journey
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!