When I was in the shower this morning I thought of a great way to start this post. Now that I'm staring at a blank screen, I can't remember what the heck I was going to say! Oh well...
Today we meet with our new financial adviser. The last guy, who I'd been with for probably 10 years, turned out to be creepy and unethical (and the weird thing is, I wasn't the only one to have a creepy and unethical experience with him - one of my dear friends had a similar experience at about the same time and has also fired him).
This new woman, well, I think I'm going to love working with her. She used to be a therapist, and claims to be able to help facilitate financial discussions between husbands and wives, so I'm hoping she'll be able to help me finally get hubby to understand the importance of compound interest and saving NOW (while we actually have some money) for our retirement LATER (when we'll want lots and lots of money). We'll see how it goes...anyway, I've spent the last two days pulling together all kinds of information for her. It's amazing to me how much paper our finances manage to accumulate!
My other big mission is to get myself back on track with healthy eating. I'm planning to go back on the Weight Watchers Core plan. I won't go to meetings (too expensive), but I have all the information from my last go-round and I'm willing to give it another shot. It's definitely the easiest eating plan I've ever encountered. No counting, little tracking. Think lean meats, whole grains, lots of fruit and veggies, and fat free dairy. Now, the fat free cheese I'm not so keen on (read: hate it), but you do get 35 points (all food has a point value, derived from a calculation based on fat, fiber, and calories) each week to eat whatever you want.
I did well on Core. You basically get to eat whatever you want (until you're satisfied, not stuffed), as long as it comes from the food list. There are only a few rules - ground beef once a day, cold cereal (sugar free, whole grains - like Fiber One and shredded wheat) once a day, and potatoes or brown rice or whole wheat pasta once a day. Gotta love a food plan that lets you eat pasta and potatoes! No baked goods, but, again, that's what the points are for.
I can't start until after Friday (waiting for payday so I can stock up on some food), but I'm getting my plans in order and should be ready to go this weekend!