Mulligans and Massages

July 2:

My do-over first day was MUCH more successful than July 1.  Here’s the breakdown…

On the financial front, I did pretty well.  No money was spent on anything that wasn’t necessary to my livelihood and wellbeing.

I had to go to the grocery store because we were out of TP–ABSOLUTE NECESSITY.  I also bought vegetable broth and soup.  All of it was on sale.  All fits the healthy eating bill because I bought the organic, simple ingredients, no preservatives kinds.

I did have to give in and get a massage after having a knot in my shoulder that was pulling a rib out of place.  I assure you, dear readers, that I did everything I could to treat it at home, but it had gotten to the point where I had to call in a professional.  As I mentioned previously, I usually have a massage membership.  My back muscles can be such a hot mess that I get tension headaches, muscle spasms, and this one damn knot that gets so bad it pulls my rib out of place.  The combination of going to the chiropractor regularly and getting bi-weekly massages has worked straight up wizardry on how my body functions.  After having a yearlong membership to the extremely inadequate Massage Envy, I switched to LaVida, where I have truly never had a less than phenomenal experience.  I pay $75/month and get a 90 minute prepaid massage and then member pricing on additional massages.  In May, I decided to try to save a little money for traveling, so I put my membership on hold for 3 months.  When I decided this week that I really did need to give in and get a massage, I shopped around for the best deal and settled on the massage clinic at IBMC.  Because it is a school, the prices are incredibly low to help give the students and grads a chance to perfect their craft and build up clientele.  I was able to get a 90 minute hot stone massage with aromatherapy by a grad for $60 (compare that to $100-120 elsewhere).  Because I booked for a Wednesday, I found a coupon for $5 off that’s only good Monday-Wednesday.  It was incredibly easy to book online, the facility was really nice and had a relaxing atmosphere, and it was substantially less expensive than what I’ve been paying.  It’s located along the MAX line as well, so no driving necessary.  I think I am going to cancel my LaVida membership, though I have loved going there, and utilize this great resource for inexpensive professional massage.

Earlier in the day, I had the single most painful chiropractic adjustment of my life because of the tightness in my back and everything being out of joint.  After that and the massage, though, I slept really well and feel much better today.

Julia had Courtney and me over for dinner and made these delicious enchiladas.  The poblano cashew crema was mind-blowing.

Vegan and gluten-free. Photo from Pinterest

Vegan and gluten-free.
Photo from Pinterest

The stuffing was chard, onions, and olives and a tomatillo salsa.  I had three servings.  It was vegan so it’s like one serving.  Don’t judge me.

For the Minimalism Game, I’m sticking with the month of July so I don’t have to do math by the end.  For July 1, the teddy bear went to the start of the Donate bin.  For July 2, I trashed an old raccoon snowdome missing most of its water and my favorite bra of all time.  It’s the end of an era but it was getting too risky to wear, as one of the straps was literally hanging on by a thread.  There could have been a serious wardrobe malfunction.

July 2

July 2

Do you get regular massages?  Why or why not?



Complete and Utter Failure

Day 1 was a complete fail.  Wow.  I am pretty appalled with myself, while simultaneously glad I had a really excellent day.  It all started with gaining the ability to leave work to go watch the USA vs Belgium World Cup game.  All American beers were half-off, and I felt like I needed to buy something to justify sitting there.  That was fine.  It was cheap (5 bucks for 2 IPAs!) and fit within the rules.  Then the social side of me took over.  I was in the mood to hang out, so I skipped yoga and decided to have another beer on the patio with some friends and a certain pseudo-celebrity from Fort Collins.  Double fail.  Then I got an invitation to go see Obvious Child, which I was hellbent on seeing before self-punishment month and never made it.  I laughed, I cried, I spent $15 at the Lyric.  Fail.  But totally worth it and go see it immediately because it was SO GOOD.  Then I went home and ATE ALL THE LEFTOVERS.  ALL of them.  Like 3 meals worth.  FAIL.  Woke up with a very deserved stomach ache this morning.  So, I’m taking a mulligan and recommitting today and ending after August 1.  Let’s pretend yesterday never happened and I will use this as a learning opportunity.  Fact: if you fail so hard on day 1, you will feel like an idiot and have to blog about it.  SO DON’T FAIL ANYMORE.

Update:  I did succeed up until about 3:30 pm in eating very healthy and following my rules for wellness and frugality.  I rode my bike to work, I made healthy eating choices, I drank all my weird health drinks.  So only half the day was a complete and utter failure.  I am also noticing that pedaling my bike on the hardest gear is becoming remarkably easy.

Frugal in FoCo pro tips  

Look for the best drink specials during sporting events when deciding where to watch. Fort Collins is home to some incredible craft breweries, and bars will often offer great deals on craft beers during special events.  I recommend following your favorite local watering holes on Facebook to keep up with specials.

The Lyric Cinema Cafe is a gem that I’m more willing to spend money on than regular movie theatres.  They show indie films and sell excellent food, beer, and wine, so it feels more special than a regular outing to the movies.  If you can’t live without popcorn, they have the best ever.  EVER.  If you want to lessen the costs of your movie-going experiences, check-in for specials on Foursquare, buy a membership, go to a matinee, or use a student ID (especially on Tuesdays).

If you prefer to see blockbusters, there are two awesome ways to go for cheap in FoCo.  Cinema Saver Six shows second-run movies for dirt cheap.  You might have to wait a little longer to see it, but you’re basically getting the theatre experience for almost the price of a rental.  The other option is Carmike 10.  It’s located near the MAX line, so no need to drive if you don’t want to.  They do Stimulus Tuesdays where all movie tickets are $5.50, and they have concessions specials.  Every day from 4:00-5:30 pm they have “Super Bargain” tickets for $5.75.  They also offer a rewards program.  Andy and I have gotten free movie tickets by racking up rewards on Stimulus Tuesdays or during the Super Bargain times to get the most bang for our buck.