Eat. Stop. Eat.

>I am a huge fan of Ex Hot Girl‘s blog. If you’re trying to lose weight, I highly suggest you follow her because she is not only incredibly honest and motivating, she’s also hilarious. Thanks to her recent post about Eat. Stop. Eat. I have discovered something called intermittent fasting. Apparently my husband has been doing this for years without even knowing it, which is probably why he can eat almost anything he wants and not gain much weight. Now if only he would have thought to write a book about it, we could be rich right now.

Anyway, I am going to start following this model of 24-hour fasting twice a week. You’re supposed to do it from dinner to dinner, but I can’t not eat lunch at work, so I’m going to do it from lunch to lunch. If I can actually get my lazy ass off the couch every day for 30 minutes to work out, then I should be in good shape. I’m going to try it for a month and document my progress here. My first fast will be after lunch on Monday until lunch on Tuesday. Then again after lunch on Wednesday until lunch on Thursday.

I weighed myself today and I am at an even 160, which is down .7 pounds from last Saturday. Woo-freakin-hoo. I need to buy a tape measurer and I will keep track of my measurements as well to see if they change at all. As it stands now, I can squeeze myself into a size 10 from Old Navy. That’s probably more like a 12 in other stores since all their clothes seem to run big.

On the househunting front, we saw a GREAT little house last night that would be totally perfect for us. It’s a cape, and it has 2 bedrooms downstairs, plus the attic is finished as a third bedroom. There is one bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, and the living room. There is a deck in the back and a pretty big yard. It’s about 7 minutes from Mr. Husband’s job and my in-laws, and about 15 from my job and 20 from my parents. The taxes aren’t as bad as some other places we’ve seen and the neighborhood is quiet, although it is literally right across the street from the high school (this doesn’t bother me). There are new energy-efficient windows in the living room and kitchen, and older windows in the rest of the house. The floors are hard wood and gorgeous, and although the kitchen and bathroom aren’t to my taste, they are move-in ready. There is an attached one car garage as well.

The bad part? The house wasn’t winterized correctly, so two pipes burst (one under the kitchen sink and one for the bathtub). This has resulted in flooding of the (finished) basement. The carpet is still wet and it smells horrible down there. There is a very small patch of mold (black) on the bottom of the wall under where the kitchen sink is, and there is mold (not black) on the ceiling beams under where the bathroom is.

The house is a short sale and is already priced over $100k under similar houses on the same street that are also for sale. Our realtor thinks we can get another $30k knocked off the price, and he has suggested applying for a construction loan (a 203(k) mortgage) so that we wouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for any of the repairs. We would have to have a contractor and mold remediation specialist come in and give us estimates of how much it would cost to fix, and then that cost would be added on to our mortgage and they would get paid from that. So, essentially, we would be getting a new bathroom, new kitchen plumbing, a new boiler, new hot water heater, and the basement would be completely gutted and the mold taken care of. He said we could even throw in the cost of the replacing all the other windows in the house and get those done at the same time.

This almost sounds too good to be true, and I have indeed read some horror stories on the internet about the trouble people have found themselves in with these types of loans. But, I know that people rarely post happy things and usually only bother to record the negative. We’re going to talk to my father-in-law and maybe have a mold remediation specialist come out and at least take a look to tell us how bad it is before we go any further. It’ll probably cost us a couple hundred dollars, but it might be worth it to know what we would be dealing with.

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