Last week was fun. I don’t usually shared non-food related spending on this series but I thought this was a particularly egregious week. Here’s some eye candy for you:
$7000 in one week is pretty sweet. Lots of things are changing right now. I am getting more and more excited for my master’s program. I really want to be able to develop a framework for putting small projects together with data I come across. Magic is chugging along and I’m diving in deeper and deeper. I have been mainly going to events where I don’t need many cards to play but I decided to take the plunge and buy a bunch of cards which will let me build decks again. I want to build a platform for buying and selling Magic cards. They have those already but I want to look at the price data. These cards act a lot like stocks so I think it would be cool to see that data.
New lows! I’m hovering around 168 lbs as of writing this. I ate out a lot last week and I still lost weight. Although it’s a good problem to have, it’s peculiar. In the past, eating out meant that I would spike in weight after eating larger portions and food which wasn’t as healthy. This time, I’ve still kept losing weight. I think it’s because I’m losing muscle mass now. That’s not ideal but I think it’s a product of going down in weight in general. I’m not eating enough calories to keep the muscle so I lose it, even if I eat out.
Last week, I got back on track a bit more with workouts that pushed me. While I’m in New York, I like to focus on my shoulders and back since there are rowing machines and pull up bars that I don’t normally have access to. It’s safe to say that I have regressed in the frequency of my workouts but I’m still losing weight. Again, this might just be another piece of evidence that I’m losing muscle now. Honestly, less maintenance is better. If I can get down to the weight I want with less needed exercise, I’m all for it. I love being in shape and being fit but dedicating one hour Monday through Thursday after work is a huge time sink.
Oh boy, the first two weeks into the month and I’ve blown past the budget in a big way. At least, out the 7K I spent last week, less than a tenth of that was on food. Part of this was work travel and part of this was being in New York and paying for both Hiro and myself. I don’t see this slowing down at all this month. I already know of two more times I’m going to eat out this week.
This meal budget continues to be the thorn in my side. Instead of putting in more work (which helped with losing weight), this involves cutting back which we can now see I’m not as good at. Maybe I need to shift the paradigm and somehow make this about more “savings” rather than less “spending”….!