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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

30x30 Week 15

I completed my last week of the challenge strong. 

Top: New York & Co. / Bottoms: Old Navy/ Shoes: Wal Mart

Top: Ana / Bottoms: Banana Republic/ Shoes: Fergalicious 

Top: Old Navy / Bottoms: American Eagle / Shoes: Academy

Top: Ana / Bottoms: American Eagle / Shoes: Wal Mart

Stormie Ramirez
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

30x30 Week 14

I don't think I should even call the challenge Thirty with 30 anymore. I have used more than 30 items, most from my current wardrobe and my recent purchases as a gift to myself for reaching one of my weightloss goals. I also haven't even made 30 outfits, I believe I am short by quite a few.

Either way, I have had fun creating outfits with clothes I already have and seeing my body change and fit into smaller sizes! This weekend, I got a picture of one outfit. I know, I stink at this blog thing.

Top: New York & Company / Shorts: American Eagle / Shoes: Austin Trading Co.

This outfit was one of my favorites. I am finally coming into my own style and I'm loving it.

That's it for now! See ya next week!

Stormie Ramirez
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

30x30 Week 13

Hey Guys! So I missed week 12 of the challenge but more than made up for it in week 13. I wore 4 different outfits however I did make new purchases. 

When I first started this challenge, I wanted to avoid shopping to give myself time to get closer to my goal weight and save money. I haven't reached my goal weight but I'm not sure I want to have a goal weight anymore. I'm becoming more comfortable with my body and I don't think the number on a scale can give me the happiness or contentment I want for myself.

So my goals have changed, I want to wear size small in shirts and size 8 in pants. I have met one of these goals so I rewarded myself with some new clothing.

I am now a small in shirts and blouses! I was so excited when I started noticing my mediums were a bit too loose so I went to the mall for the heck of it and tried on some smalls and they fit!! So three of these outfits this week is including a shirt I got on sale for about $9 that is a size small:)

The first outfit is everything I already owned but the shirt just wasn't included in the challenge. I wore this outfit to run an errand for school.

Shirt: Academy / Shorts: Old Navy / Shoes: Sperry's

After a trip to the mall, my hubby took me on a date to the movies and I wanted to wear one of my new shirts.

Shirt: New York & Company / Pants: American Eagle / Shoes: Sperry's

Since I only wore the shirt for 2 hours, I didn't to pair it with slacks the next morning for church.

Shirt: New York & Company / Pants: Banana Republic / Shoes: Dexter

& to enjoy the rest of the afternoon I switched out the slacks and heels for some comfy shorts (new purchase) and sandals.

Shirt & Shorts: New York & Company / Shoes: Walmart

I enjoyed all my outfits this past week but my favorite was from date night and lounging Sunday afternoon. I can definitely see more outfits using this shirt so I think it was well worth the $9.

Which outfit is your favorite? Do you plan to take on this challenge?

Stormie Ramirez
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mission: Let's Get Serious COMPLETED

The past few months, Anthony and I have been working on paying down our debt. Honestly we don't have that much, just our house, Anthony's student loans and our credit card. It's not a lot of places we owe but the amounts do add up to quite a bit. We decided to start with the smallest debt which was our credit card.

We have struggled to pay down this debt for years, as soon as we would make progress, we would max it out. For years this happened but we decided to get serious (hence the name).

Before we decided how much to pay a month or our goal date, we broke down our bills with the average amounts. Other monthly expenses followed including Mission: Let's Get Serious.

Once we were able to see what our income looked like in ratio to bills and necessities, we decided on a goal date. To find out the amount we needed to pay each month to make our goal we divided the debt into the amount of months. For example, we started in February and wanted to pay off our credit card by June so we divided the amount of our credit by 5 which gave us the monthly payment we needed to pay. It was a reasonable amount so we decided it was a go.

We completed our mission and have now began discussing which debt we will tackle next. We started with the smaller debt first because we knew it would be easier and now discussing the next one is difficult because it's not going to take only 5 months or even a year to tackle the rest. However, that won't stop us from our bigger goal of being debt-free.

I share this with you not to brag but to give inspiration to others to tackle their debt now. I was inspired by Kelly at View Along the Way when she humbly shared the news of being completely debt-free.

Do you have debt? How are you tackling it, smallest to biggest or biggest to smallest?
Stormie Ramirez
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