I have decided that it is time for me to take my health a lot more seriously. I am not trying to start a bunch of weird diet plans or one of those insanely intense exercise projects. You can do yourself a lot of harm if you jump in on a radical change of the way you live your life. I am thinking about exploring the benefits of walking daily and eating sensibly to start off. It is not a wise course to go headlong into a more intense regime of diet and exercise. The future probably holds much more intense working out, but that is not a good way to start out. You want to build up to where you are physically prepared to endure the exertion of that sort of work out. You may get a heart attack or sprain a bunch of your muscles if you go in it too hard to start. I need to lose between fifteen and twenty five pounds in the final analysis, but there is not so big of a hurry to get to the final goal. I figure that if I lose half of that amount, then that is going to be good enough to stave off serious repercussions. More to the point once I have lost that much I will be able to move on to a more intense program if that is what I think that I need to do. I figure that getting that much off is not really going to be an issue. I should be able to do it by simply walking a few miles per day and giving up foods which do not contribute. I drink a lot of sweet tea and a bit of soda as well. Trading water for that should eliminate a ton of calories.Continue reading »
Money management isn’t something that I excel at on my own, so sometimes get a little help from Quicken 2016. By creating a budget, I learned that I had some extra money left over that I could put to something useful. I thought about what I could use the most, and the first thing that came to mind was a car. For years I’ve been taking public transportation, and I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences on it, some good and bad. Having to wake up early to catch the bus to the train station is always an annoyance, and having to deal with the crazy people on the train is an even bigger one.
Once while I was riding the train, there was a man who was selling some candy. This wasn’t boxed candy that he bought from the store, but candy that he made at home. The man had poured chocolate and fruity candy into molds and made lollipops. He walked up and down the train car asking anyone if they wanted to buy one, and each time people declined the offer. When he got to me, I told him no, but he wouldn’t accept my answer. He started trying every sales trick in the book to wear me down, but I wasn’t going to give in.
When the train stopped, a few more people got on and he tried to sell them candy, but one person got into an argument with the man, and the man threw his candy in the other man’s face and ran off the train. This was the experience that made me realize that I didn’t want to ride on public transportation anymore. I looked on some used car websites for a car that I could drive around. I didn’t care about having the latest model, I just needed something affordable.Continue reading »