I posted last week my need to get fit, particularly in 2 areas - physically and financially. The problem of course with this whole thing is that anything I put up here is public record and there's just some things that should be private - or at least semi-private. So I've needed to come up with a little plan about how I'm going to share updates on these two areas. My plan is still in its infancy, but here's what I'm thinking.
A) Physical - this is the easiest and should be the easiest thing to check up on. I'm going to post 2 things on a weekly basis. 1) My weight. 2) What steps I've taken during the week to lower that # and to make my gen fitness increase. Right now, it's baby steps:
1) As of yesterday, 212lbs. Ultimately, I'd like go hit 180, but I'm willing to get to 195 and feel successful.
2) I've cut out snacks after 9pm & purchased some "running" shoes. Baby steps.
B) Financial - this is the harder thing to check. I'm not about to post my budget, not that my salary isn't already public knowledge, as a pastor. Tell me one other place where people see your compensation on a yearly basis on paper and vote to decide whether it's appropriate? But I'm not complaining, just saying it adds another dimension to things. And it's also misunderstood. So, I'm going to base my updates on Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover book, which we've begun to read. 1) What we've read in the book, by chapter. 2) What we've implemented in the plan.
1) Introduction & First story. Chapter 1 we already read online, prior to getting the book. Hoping to get through Chapter 2 or beyond this weekend.
2) We've gone pretty much cash only, which I know is something he'll say but we haven't technically "read" it yet.
What I realized about these two areas of my fitness is simply this: I used to be physically fit (I was a college athlete, running track) & I used to be financially fit (didn't have/use credit card or paid it off monthly, strict budget, knew where I was in planning for the future) and now I, and we, are way off from that. I'm acutely aware of my unfitness because I was so fit before. Now, it's time to get back there...