Wednesday, December 9, 2009

30 Day Shred - Day 24 ("I screwed up the bank account" edition)

Okay, so today was one of those days. You know the kind. The kind where you think you'll have smooth sailing for a little while and then you realize, "uh-oh". My uh-oh? I forgot about some payments I'd scheduled automatically out of our bank account. Yep, I scheduled them and then forgot I scheduled them. I can't even blame it on direct debit snafus. Nope, it was all me. The end result? I overdrew our account and cost us $75 in fees (or, as Dave Ramsey says, "stupid tax").

I called Superman to let him know and to apologize profusely. I called my sister to cry on her shoulder about being an idiot. It derailed my entire day and it was all my fault! Oh, I know how it happened, but that isn't much comfort. The truth? I'm spreading myself awfully thin and I have a lot going on right now and I lost focus.

Even more truth? This is life. Life happens. If I'm going to achieve my goal of getting fit again, I'll have to do it even when life is happening. I've watched with great interest as Melissa at 365 Days of Exercise grapples with her goals and the reality that she's back at work full-time (something that wasn't in the plans for this year long journey). I've watched with a heart full of compassion as Jen at Prior Fat Girl struggles to continue her journey after the devastating and unexpected loss of her mother. My heart goes out to Marcelle at South African In Germany (yeah, I shortened it) as she struggles with crippling loneliness, but doesn't lose focus. I've kept my fingers crossed as my friend Generations Gone By has continued to exercise, even as she feared she was going to hear that she had serious health problems. All of these women's stories highlight for me a singular truth: everyone struggles. Those who succeed transcend their struggles. They don't deny them, they push past them. I'm am honored to be able to learn from their lives.

My 30 Day Shred Challenge? Oh, I spent a good hour feeling sorry for myself. Feeling embarrassed for screwing up our finances. I cried, I lamented, I regretted. Then I got the exercise bike and I pedaled. When I was done with that, I got the treadmill and ran. Finally, I pushed play and I did Day 24 of Level 3 of my 30 Day Shred Challenge. Why? Because when it is all said and done, if the worst thing I ever mess up is money, my life is truly, truly blessed.


Tootsie said... remind me that things may seem horrible but that when we struggle we are not alone...we all have those days...and we all struggle in some way.
don't beat yourself up too was an honest mistake

Erin said...

Thanks, Tootsie...

Marcelle said...

It's okay to shorten it, its a longgggggg title I agree...I go SA from CT living in DE - hehe

I am soooooooo lonely here and am so thankful I have blogger friends as they do help...I want this for myself and gives me something to focus on besides being alone and missing loved ones.

Anonymous said...

Hey, we all have days and the best thing you can do is take care of yourself.

I'm not going to tell you it's only money, because times are where losing $5 hurts, but pet your cat, kiss your kids and be kind to yourself.

Anonymous said...

Didn't get in any Wii time yesterday there just wasn't enough time with cleaning house and trying to get the painting done and the choir practice. Hoping to have more time today.

DarcyLee said...

Been there, done that, and pretty recently too (Ouch!) So, yeah, I know the feeling but we do get past it. Oh, and congratulations on getting so far in the 30-day shred. I'm very proud of you and maybe, just maybe, I will get back on the exercise machine again. Have a great weekend, my friend!