Fitlab Worthing

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Evolve Lab – Strength

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SPIN CLASS

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Evolve Lab – HIIT

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The first part of “Health 2020” is to join a new studio in Worthing. The cost is currently 50% off @ £49.50 for unlimited classes plus open sessions. They also have a fight club but I’ll be leaving that for others to enjoy.

I plan on doing a review of my experience in future months.

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2020 is THE year

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I’m making 2020 the year of change, the year that I have to sort my self out both in health & in wealth.

Wealth

I have plans to start paying down my debt, slowly at first but throwing what I can at it when I can. I have set up a separate YNAB budget just for debts as well as it’s own bank account.

I am also setting targets for things I want to achieve throughout the year.

Lewis (bonfire night) £100 / £10 pcm
Christmas £200 / £10 pcm – to be added to as & when
Offers £300 / £15 pcm – to be added to as & when
Savings £no target / £10 pcm – to be added to as & when
Daytona flights £1010
Daytona hotel £2000
NASCAR tickets £1500

The Daytona holiday isn’t til Feb 2021 so have time to save up.

Health

As of 5th January, I am 166.4 lbs

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My measurements are:

Neck 14.5ins | Wrist 6.5ins | Wasit 39ins | Hips 45.5ins | Calf 17.5ins | Thigh 26.5in | Chest (O) 45in | Chest (U) 38in |Stomach 45in

As you can see I have a ways to go. I have plans to join a crossfit box in February, it’s £75 a month but cheaper than other boxes and it for 3 classes a week rather than the usual 2.

What are other peoples plans for 2020?

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The struggle goes on

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It would appear that I don’t have enough money to cover all bills for January!!!

Between now & 1st Janaury I have the following things going on:

  • Xmas drinks
  • Boxing day drinks
  • OH’s birthday
  • New Years event

I have £60 in the bank and £38 in Paypal. I think I still need a little food but have just had a food delivery so that will be dinners for the next few weeks thank goodness.

I get OH’s bills share on 29th, as the 29th is a Sunday I no doubt will get it on 30th not 27th like I want.

So onto bills.

30/12 – £650 into bank
30/12 – £47 mobile + £55 cable (1/2 of bill)
30/12 – £548 left in bank

02/01 – £16 gym + £34.99 gym
02/01 – £13.20 TV Licence
02/01 – £483.81 left in bank

03/01 – £1 + £5.93 debt payments
03/01 – £25 Vanquis
03/01 – £30 other credit cards (not even min payments)
03/01 – 421.88 left in bank

07/01 – £5.99 Netflix
07/01 – £415.89 left in bank

10/01 – £306.99 into bank
10/01 – £722.88 total in bank

11/01 – £700 rent (£50 still owed)
11/01 – £22.88 in bank

17/01 – £246.77 into bank
17/01 – £50 rent
17/01 – £50 cable
17/01 – £169.65 left in bank (spends)

Yeah, it’s going to be a struggle, I haven’t even mentioned the electric or water or if I have to pay a bigger first payment to cable. The £169 most probably won’t be there on the 17th. I’m avoiding paying my credit cards as I just can’t afford to. I will make up for it come February.

I can’t get a loan unless I want to use a guarantor (not likely) & my parents are on a cruise til mid-January I think, so there isn’t much I can do really,

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End of 2nd year

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So I have officially finished 2nd year of my nursing degree.

Two weeks ago I got my final set of grades. A pass on drugs exam (only pass/fail), Long Term Conditions exam 60%, Evidence exam 66%, Evidence Lit review 57%, Evidence Project plan 88%, OSCE pass (only pass/fail).

The nursing department appears to use all 120 credits to workout the GPA/% for the year rather than 100 credits like the rest of the university.

I worked out my 2nd year classification/GPA using the following document: http://www2.port.ac.uk/accesstoinformation/policies/academicregistry/filetodownload,201850,en.pptx I made it a GPA of 2.65 (do you round that to 2.5 or 2.75?), the uni has given me 2.5 (used all 120 credits, not 100?). I effectively have a 2:2 (just). Now I have 2 terrible essay marks bringing my overall grade down and have lots of work to do to get a 2:1 at the end. My 2.65 could very well have been rounded down to 2.5, therefore, disregarding my horrible 40% unit mark.

I also completed my last placement this past weekend. It was an interesting one, went to theatres twice to see brain and spine surgery, spent time in recovery, was with in charge multiple days and in a bay the odd day. I also ‘did’ a few nights, I’d turn up and show my face then get sent home 😉

Overall I have enjoyed my 2nd year but am on the fight again to get the placements I want for 3rd year.

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Struggling

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So I had a meltdown as at Christmas event on Sunday. I don’t know what really went on I don’t remember much of it. One min I’m having a great time the next I’m in tears and feeling all alone. I can’t face seeing the people I was with that day (other than OH) or going to that pub for a long time. In fact, I don’t even want to leave the house. I called in sick for my placement yesterday and cancel my bank shift for today. Now I need to make up those hours and that pay.

Speaking of pay, I have no idea how I am going to pay the bills in January or the CCJ if I get one. One thing going my way (I think) is that I might be able to push the ccj back to January by saying I can’t do the mediation on 12th December. I can’t see I’d get a court date for December. Also, Moriarty never show up to court so it goes against them.

I’m feeling very down at the moment, not saying much at all and looking distant.

One good piece of news. I got my final uni marks yesterday and I got 88% on one of the components!!! I’ve never had anything like that before. Due to having 2 very poor marks, my overall grade will be sitting on the border of 2:2/2:1 but I’m happy with that. On;y the OSCE to come back but no-one ever fails that.

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My finances laid bare

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What can I say about my finances, other than they can only improve from this point forward.

I have a few different strategies for certain debts: statute-barred; repayment; DMP.

I used to be in a Debt Management Plan and I even had a DRO at one point but I never learned my lesson so it seems. Those that I’m not paying off I am going down the statute bared route & hoping that I make it through 6 years (1.4 years down). I am having issues with one account and I’m currently fighting a CCJ in court.

I wanted to make a post detailing my plans and making me accountable. I intend to update once a month on how everything is going.

Statute-barred

Creditors have to take legal action about debts within certain times which are set out in the Limitations Act 1980. For most sorts of debts and bills in England and Wales this time is six years.

If the creditor doesn’t start court action within this time, the debt is not enforceable because it is “statute-barred”. When a debt is statute-barred it still exists legally, but because you cannot be taken to court for it, you do not have to make any payments to it.

This six-year period begins when the creditor has a cause of action – this is the point at which the creditor could go to court for the debt.

If you are making the normal monthly payments to a debt, you can’t be taken to court for it. It is only when you have missed payments and the creditor can go to court that the 6-year period starts.

I am going this route for most of my closed & defaulted accounts. So far only one has taken me to court where I’m fighting a CCJ, the others either aren’t contacting me or are sending idol threats via text. I am counting down the months til I can say bye-bye to them.
If any of these come back and start threatening court, I will drag it out as far as I can then try to set up a DMP with them then look to offer full & final settlements down the line. I am going to do this alone and not through a fee-free company so I have full control over everything and can offer more money to one if I have some left over at the end of the month

  • David Lloyd [gym] £580 – no longer on credit file – heard nothing [poss SB]
  • Trugym [gym] £86 – no longer on credit file – heard nothing [poss SB]
  • Lending Stream [PD] £86 – no longer on credit file – heard nothing [poss SB]
  • QuickQuid [PDL] £539 – taking me to court
  • Natwest [Loan] £4888 – Default on file – treats by text [1.4/6 SB]
  • Natwest [OD] £766 – Default on file [1.4/6 SB]
  • Very £766 – Default on file – treats by text/letter [0.11/6 SB]
  • JD Williams £1241- Default on file – unenforceable [1/6 SB]
  • Cash Plus [card] £280 – Default on file [1.4/6 SB]

DMP

A debt management plan (DMP) is a debt solution that can be used to help people pay back their debts at an affordable rate. It’s normally suitable for someone struggling to meet the repayment amount they originally agreed with their creditors.

I have no debts under this arrangement as yet but I do have all documentation ready to sent if/when needed.

Repayments

I have 4 debts that I am doing to this with after they default. All to be repaid ASAP

  • Marbles 741 – £50 a month – 15 months
  • Aqua 285 – £25 a month – 12 months
  • Uncle Buck 632.72 – £25 a month – 25 months
  • SafetyNet Credit 1250 – £50 a month – 25 months

One day I may actually learn my lesson. Today is the day…I would like to possibly get a mortgage by the time I’m 45 (2026) and need all defaults off my file by then.

The only way is UP

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