Friday, January 06, 2012

2011 Recap and Update…


I know it’s been a while people but I am alive and well!!! 2011 was an interesting year for Chitown. I had some ups and some downs but in the end…I am still standing!!! I suffered a break up, I got serious food poisoning, my grandmother passed away, my father had emergency quintuple bypass surgery and I got the news that I will need another surgery next year. Is that some craziness or what?!?!?!

I started out the year very focused following Dave Ramsey’s program and starting my goal of running a 13.1 Mile Half Marathon. I did well financially for about 9 months and then I went on a mental lapse and put back on some credit card debt. I shouldn’t have but I did. I also put back on about 10 of the 18 pounds that I lost as well.

I ended the year with a $12k improvement in my net worth and down 8 pounds. I finished one half-marathon with a time of 2:33 but got serious food poisoning the day before the second half marathon. I landed myself in Urgent Care for 2 IV’s and a few shots the day before the race. Needless to say, that trip to Urgent Care dashed my exercise program and put me in a funk. I also incurred about $750 in medical bills. So September 11th, I cheered on my brother-in-law and he finished the race for both of us.

The following month of October on a Wednesday, my Grandmother finally succumbed to Alzheimers and within a few days, my Father landed himself in the ER with chest pains. My world and my mind were spinning!!! We spent the next two weeks in the hospital with him as he went through angioplasty and then emergency quintuple bypass. He is now home and going through cardiac rehab.

So the last four months, I didn’t have the focus for budgeting and I whipped out the credit card and just went with the flow. That’s about it folks. I updated my Networthiq profile so you can see my month-to-month progress through 2011. Just click on the blue chart and it will take you to the site. I also updated my little progress charts on the right bar.

I have to sit down and set some new goals for 2012!!! I am really excited about this year and I hope to come on here a little more often and give some updates. =)

7 comments:

gonna_make_it said...

Hey glad to see you writing again (im a long time reader) Question, what was the name of the website you were using to try and find a roommate? I'm thinking bout moving to the city from the burbs and think the website might help me. Thanks!

The Borrower said...

Wow, I'm so sorry for the extra burdens life has thrown at you in the past year. I hope your life calms down and peace is the theme for 2012.

Chitown said...

@ Gonna Make It - Thanks for sticking with me!!! I used Roomates.com. Here is the link to the website:http://www.roommates.com/

misskate said...

So glad to see your post! Way to go on the running! I am so sorry about your grandma and I hope your dad's recovery continues. All the best for 2012, I think it's going to be a great one! :)

Zuzu said...

Welcome back. I'm sorry your absence was due to so many stressful events. Can't wait to see how wonderful 2012 will be for you.

Anonymous said...

Longtime readear; thought I'd check in and I'm glad I did! So sorry 2011 was so full of upheaval for you; here's to 2012!

niterainbow.com said...

Welcome back and happy new year!

I wish to hear & see more form you this year. Lets leave the bad memories back in 2011.

Keep in touch and good luck!