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Kat Gets Older
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Photo: Silhouettes are hard, yo. Hard to do well and right.

I am trying to get my SHIT together - Self-Hindered Improvement Thingies - again. I have been slacking in my financials and my health and my relationships and brain. Something broke in my mind last week wherein I told myself, "ABM, why are you feeling down and ignoring all these things? You are young and can deal with it so get your SHIT together."

Actually, I swore at myself much more than that.
Yes, I do refer to myself as ABM in my head.
And yes, It IS strange.

But, I reordered my thoughts and found some new and reinstated some old tools to help me with all of these things.

Mint.com - iTunes
I now have access to my financial status readily available with weekly summaries sent. I even created a few budgets which are auto-debited when I use my check card via my bank's categorization of the businesses. First, shit I made a budget? Nuts. I was generous with them, sure, but it is a start. I expect to be able to drop the amounts on most of them next month.

Next step: Fix my joint-account deposit. Now that I'm not paying 100% of the rent, I can save that extra few hundred dollars. Woo!

LiveStrong - iTunes

Look, LJ, I think I'm fat and you're NEVER going to convince me otherwise. i am still about 17% body fat after pretty much stopping serious exercise for the last month or two. I want to drop at least 5% in the next two or three months.

To accomplish this I intend to:
  • Go to the gym minimum 4 times a week.
  • Reduce the weights aned increase reps on strength days
  • Stop using the elliptical, switching to running or stairmaster.
  • Use the elliptical as cool down after the previous two.
  • STRICTLY reduce and control calorie intake (no more than 1500 calories a day)

    In general I'm going to increase my Indian style cooking which tends towards vegerian top help reduce calorie intake. I'm going to try REALLY HARD to stop indulging in sweets while restricting calories. I waffle between cutting them out entirely, as I've never been able to accomplish that, or reducing the quantity severely.

    I should eliminate them but a really don't want to and don't think I am capable yet of doing so.

    Also, Fox ought crazy amounts of thin mints and I don't want to throw them away.

    As for my love life, well. There's no iPhone application to fix that but Fox and I have taken steps which I do not wish to discuss with the general masses; suffice that we're talking more which is a good First Step towards re-attaining the Awesomeness That Once Was.

    Kisses and I are peachy. I am feeling less clingy after a good mental bitch-slapping and she and I, in general, seem to be approaching things more relaxed-ly. I am finding things that make me feel special in our relationship which is important to me and I'm trying to keep my brain in line. That last part is likely the most important.

    Well. I'm just fed up with some things and have been putting my foot down. Suck.

    LJ! Life feels better on this Monday! Crazy!

    Also, I am wearing a new shirt and look smashing.

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    world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: March 2nd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I like the acronym.
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
    You're Mom's an acronym.
    world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: March 2nd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'll acronym your face yesterday!
    ardoise_vide From: ardoise_vide Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
    take pix of yer smashing-ness! :D maybe it will make you feel better about yourself when we fawn over you. ;)
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I tried but the CameraBag iPhone application has been getting buggier with every upgrade.
    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I would like to apologize on behalf of livejournal for not being more supportive in the past. In order to make up for it, I will fix most of your listed issues. Just follow my simple outline.

    Step 1: Send me all of your excess thin mints. This will help make you think.
    Step 2: Arrange to have your excess money deposited in my paypal account. I will then invest this money, doubling and tripling it over time, making much much more money. This will prevent your feelings of waste with respect to your financial situation.
    Step 3: Become a carnie. This will help you with both your professional life and your relationship life. You will also get free meats on sticks.
    Step 4: Using the ever growing investment trend of your money, I will send you packages of vitamin C and green leafy vegetables from my garden to prevent scurvy and continue your quest to have washboard abs.

    These 4 simple steps will fix all of your problems forever and most of them can be accomplished in the next hour of your life.
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
    This still leaves my fat and without a house. That seems terrible. Now, if some how being a carnie provided location stability, we could talk...
    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
    What? No, you clearly don't understand the system. You will be thin because the only carnie who is fat is the fat lady and you're clearly not a lady. You'll get to experience everything this great country has to offer. And then, when you retire, all that wise financial investment will net you a house.

    Don't you want to be a beautiful landowner like your forefathers?
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Would I get the powdered wig?
    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: March 2nd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Do you want a powdered wig?
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Do I
    slavetopurple From: slavetopurple Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I can tell you all about cutting out sweets. Oh boy. The first two days are hell, I felt like a crack addict without a fix. Now I hardly miss sugar.

    Would you and Fox ever want to come over on one of our low fat/high fiber French cooking nights? I tempt you with really yummy food so that you'll take pictures of me cooking and I can have one non-dumb looking picture of myself on my blog.
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
    This sounds like an excellent idea. What sort of foods do you make that are high fiber, low fizat?

    slavetopurple From: slavetopurple Date: March 2nd, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Whole wheat penne with artichoke hearts. Veggie stir fry with brown rice and udon soup. Veggie ribbons in broth and angle hair pasta.

    The high fat no carb stuff is more interesting and you could certainly have one of those meals but that wouldn't help with your lower calorie intake goal.

    I'm interesting in trying to make panna cotta, supposedly great dessert but no sugar.
    narcissuskisses From: narcissuskisses Date: March 2nd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Does your new shirt feature a skull? Or wings?
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    One day when I have a neck tattoo I'll wear some skulls for you.
    narcissuskisses From: narcissuskisses Date: March 2nd, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Make sure the neck tattoo says "Frank". I saw a waitress in a Perkins a number of years ago with a "Frank" neck tattoo. It looked really good. Really. I mean it. You should do that. Seriously.
    abmann From: abmann Date: March 2nd, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Everyone looks hot with "Frank" all over their neck....
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