My weight loss efforts have not been going well lately. I haven’t been gaining weight, but I haven’t been losing weight either. I’d like to say that my metabolism is to blame, but truthfully, I’ve been eating more than I ought to be.
I know that if I give my weight loss goal 100% of my effort, I’ll be successful. Sometimes, in order to get ourselves passionate about our dreams, it’s helpful to think about times when we’ve been successful in the past.
Four years ago, before I began listening to The Dave Ramsey Show, my financial knowledge was nonexistent. I had just graduated from a teaching credential program, and I had $10,000 in credit card debt, $12,000 in student loan debt, a car with about $7,000 still owed to the bank, and a checking account with a few hundred bucks.
I needed to get out of debt. So, I became “gazelle intense,” as Dave puts it! There weren’t a lot of job openings in San Diego, so I moved out to the high desert and got a job fairly quickly. And because the school district that hired me was in a higher-than-average poverty area, I became eligible for a state scholarship that paid off most of my student loans! I rented a modest apartment and lived within a fairly tight budget, and had my credit card debt paid off within a year!
Today, all of that debt is completely paid off. If I could pay off $29,000 on a beginning teacher’s salary, then I can lose 96 pounds! It will take time, but it’s definitely doable!!
What are some things you’ve accomplished that you’re proud of?
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