I've been thinking a lot lately about how Dave's financial principles and practices can actually apply to a lot of aspects in my life far beyond our budget. He has a lot of people that say once they get their finances in order they start getting other aspects of their life in order too. I can see how that would be the case.
I've been battling my weight ever since I graduated high school. I was very active in high school and would have never suspected it to be an issue. Move to a stressful school program in college then a sedintary job in front of a computer all day, and the pounds really add up. Before I got married I lost almost 15 pounds using Weight Watchers. I wasn't down to my ideal weight, but was within the appropriate range and feeling pretty good. Again, fast forward to infertility treatments and 2 kids and I've got all the weight back... and then some. After Addison was born Tim and I started doing Weight Watchers on our own again. I've lost about 15 pounds since I started in late September and have about another 15 to go.
So, what does this have to do with Dave. One of the reasons we've been successful with Dave is that we've been very dedicated to tracking every penny. We've committed to our goals and stuck to them. It's clear that the only way I'm going to reach my weightloss goal is to do the same. I need to commit to my goal and track every thing I eat along the way. I have a daily budget of Points (if you're familiar with WW this makes sense). When they are gone, they are gone. I need to stick to that. I'm also starting to think of my Flex Points as my blow fund. It's a little added cushion to enjoy some of the finer things in life and provide some wiggle room when I feel cheated. I'm also going to commit to accountability. You'll find my weekly weight tracking on Our Home (and More) site.
I've also been trying to keep Dave's saying in mind, "You need to live like no one else so that later you can live like no one else." in other aspect of my life. Right now Addison is still nursing and refuses a bottle. This makes it almost impossible to do much of any thing. Tim and I were thinking about a night away for our anniversary, but we can't go without her going too because she simply WILL NOT take a bottle (or even a sippy cup). She doesn't sleep through the night without a feeding yet either. Add in the fact that she has a pretty early bed time and Tim and I have no social life right now. This is not always easy to deal with. There are a lot of things I would like to do, but they always seem to happen at bed time. I keep reminding myself that this is a short term phase. By the time she can sleep through the night and go without a bed time feeding, we'll practically be debt free. Then we can do every thing we want and then some. Then our anniversary trip can be a REAL trip and not just a night at a local casino. Really, it's a short term sacrifice for a HUGE long term reward. I can do that! Right?!
So, here I go... I'm going to live like no else so later I can live like no one else!