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The challenge

March 10th, 2014 at 06:23 pm

I have $131 left to spend in my challenge -- and 21 more days in the month!

On Friday I bought stamps for $9. On Saturday I put in $10 toward pizzas for a family get-together. On Sunday I spent $38 at the grocery, plus $7 for a prescription, and $2 for a homeless person. Plus, I'm counting my Netflix bill of $8, since it is entertainment, not a necessity. I also spent $4.50 on laundry, but that doesn't count in the challenge.

I didn't do any cooking, like I thought I would. Heck, I didn't even vacuum! On Saturday I was out of the house all day, and on Sunday my leg hurt so much I was out of commission. Even lying down all day was painful.

I now know exactly what's wrong. It's called IT Band Syndrome. My pain has mostly been in the knee, but it can also be in the hip and thigh and all areas at once. On Sunday it was all areas at once. I think stair-climbing is what sets it off, especially if I am carrying something. So I am revisiting the idea of the wheeled cart.

The good news is that surgery is not required, or even helpful -- the bad news is that it will probably take its time healing and I have to learn new ways of moving, as well as follow this exercise program indefinitely. Sigh. Getting old -- it's not good!

I feel pretty good today, though. I hope tonight I can make the potato scramble and tomorrow the potpie.

But I have some really good news! My son got a job! It will start out part-time, as he trains, but will soon become full-time. The best part, it's a fast-growing industry. He'll be flying and building drones, and he will learn it from the man who is considered the expert in the field. And he doesn't have to move -- he can stay in Florida -- though he WILL move out of the house where he's currently living, so I guess he does have to move. He just doesn't have to move far away!

5 Responses to “The challenge”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What good news for your son!

  2. snafu Says:

    Terrific news about son. For days like the previous Saturday with potential to be out all day, your crockpot/slo cooker is an excellent tool. Throw in chicken parts or small roast and 1/2 C liquid. Even if you don't use it that specific day, bag it in meal sized portions and it will supply the protein for lunch and dinner for 3 days just needing a salad, vegetable with a potato or rice or pasta easy peasy.

  3. baselle Says:

    Sorry to hear about the IT band syndrome. I don't how serious yours is, mine is mild enough so that 'rolling them out' using a foam roller helps. Of course rolling them out is agony at the time.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I don't have a foam roller -- don't even know what that is. But I massage -- that's agony, too! How long have you had yours? Is this something that never really goes away?

  5. baselle Says:

    I got my foam roller at a sporting goods store. Figure 1 in this article shows what a foam roller is and what you'd look like rolling the IT bands.

    Mine are just a "little tight" so I hesitate a bit recommending this.

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