2 weeks

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Hello everybody (Nooorrmm!)

I've cut down on the late night snacking since my last post and that seems to be making the difference as I've lost 2lbs. Really though, it could be anything (like less salt, quality of foods I'm eating, etc) but I'm betting on the snack adjustment. I've gone to bed a little hungry the last few nights, but I could have had some veggies to take the "edge" off. I didn't want to though because I've been eating tons of veggies and just don't have a taste for them at night. But that's the price we pay sometimes. I let my eating get out of control again so my body has to work itself back to where I was, and that takes time if done right. Plain and simple. Also, I'm starting a new exercise regiment where I'll do 3mph 3 times a day for 1/2 hour on the treadmill (as opposed to 3.5 mph, 1 time a day for the same time). Going to see if I can: a. Do it :) and b. how I feel after 2 weeks of this.

I'll be able to keep more regular hours now and should be able to post at least 3x's a week, if not more.

I've picked "2 weeks" as my yardstick because I've heard that's about the time it takes to form a habit. I can't imagine not dropping some lbs and getting more physically fit as long as I maitain good eating habits.

Also, the time frame coincides with my entrepreneur project i've been setting up. You can click below to see how that's going.

If you're on this page, you either clicked on accident or want to see how starting my own business is going. Either way, I'm glad you're here!

I have a little more time on my hands as all of the administrative work for my new company GO 4 IT Consulting is complete. The name of the company is GO (my initials) 4 (looked better than "four", and IT (Information Technology) because I'm not very clever when it comes to business naming. I can work in just about any network technology capacity, but I also fix computers, and for a song at what you'd pay at any big box store or local computer repair shop (I know, shameless plug; sorry!).

As far as the financial health of the family, it's not very good. I have put every dime we had into this whole affair. I have credit card companies calling with no way to pay them. My unemployment runs out in 2 weeks and I have a total of $2 to my name (enough to get me into my son's basketball game tomorrow!). I am most definitely putting all my eggs into one basket. I've paid for the advertising, new phone line, business cards and insurance so all I can do is wait.

I hate being on unemployment. I've never had to be on it and now it's coming up to almost 2 years raising a family of 6 on $400 a week (I was earning about $1100 a week when I was working). To say it has been a juggling act is putting it very mildly. I'm curious to know what else I could have done to stretch a dollar farther. I have had to rely on my credit cards for much our family purchases, expenses, etc and to the tune of about $20K no less. I've always been a stickler for not carrying balances and have always paid any purchases made on a credit card in no more than 2 payments (months). But when faced with no gas, food, heat, school supplies, etc, well, I had to do what needed to be done.

The greatest part is that my credit is now ruined for some time through no fault of my own. I'd pay these bills if I could and have called my card companies NUMEROUS times trying to work something out. They all say the same thing, : "I'm sorry Mr. Ortiz, but all we can accept is $XX. We know you've been a good and loyal customer but our minimum payment is based on balance, not your credit history". My response is always, "Well I'm trying, but I can't pay that amount you stated. I can, however, hang up now".

With a bad credit score, It will now be difficult to find work, which is why my wife and I made the decision to invest in owning our own business. The banks won't help us, even though everyone's tax dollars went to bail THEM out, but that's ok. I'm good at what I do, so I'm not worried. All it will take is one job, one project, and I'll start building a good reputation. I already have many positive references from people's computers I've fixed.

Anyway, I just want to say that I know many of you are in worse shape than us and that I truly am pulling for you to overcome these hard times we're in. I know it can seem overwhelming sometimes, but we have to believe we'll pull through this, and better for the experience. I know I already am. I'm not as arrogant as I once was when it came to work. I don't feel entitled anymore. What I feel is damn lucky to have the opportunity to succeed. There was another generation that appreciated the very fact that they had a job; the WWII generation. And don't we still consider that the greatest generation in U.S. history? I know I do.

I've cursed God many times the last year or so. For that I am truly sorry. I've come to realize that this mess isn't God's fault. This isn't God's problem, it's ours, and we have to find the best way through it, making sure it never happens again; always remembering that God helps those that help themselves.

Time to get on the treadmill. Have a great day!

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You know how it goes. The kids come along, there’s less time for you and in trying to keep up with their busy lives, your eating choices aren’t always so hot.

Greg Ortiz is a 39-year-old south suburban man who, tried, with the Sun-Times’ help, once before to get back to the athletic — and thinner — guy he once was.

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This page contains a single entry by Greg Ortiz published on March 4, 2010 6:00 AM.

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