October Expenses – $922.46 Plus Weight Loss Update

Here is a breakdown of my expenses for October.

Household$32.59
Rent$305.03
Entertainment$113.43
Transportation$0
Food$185.78
Travel$195.72
Phone$15.19
Health$74.72
Total$922.46

My October Expenses were quite low due to the low-cost of living her in Chiang Mai and the absence of any large expenses.

My household expense was for paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, utilities and similar expenses. I also spent almost $10 on a fan which inflated this expense category a bit. I bought the fan when I was sick and had a fever. Turning the AC down gave me the chills. Directing the fan towards my face allowed my head to cool down without making the rest of my body cold. Even though I will have to leave the fan behind, it was worth the expenditure to feel better when I was so sick. I’m pretty sure they undercharged me for utilities. Assuming they correct that error this month when I check out my household expenses for this month will be quite a bit higher.

Rent was for my apartment in Chiang Mai. The total was a tiny bit smaller than last month due to a slightly better exchange rate when I paid October’s rent.

Entertainment was a little high, but better than last month.  Since I have a lot of time to kill I ended up spending a bit going to the movies. My girlfriend was only able to visit me one weekend in October. If she had been able to visit me more often I would have spent a lot more in this category. We plan to spend quite a bit of time together this month before I have to return to the U.S. so I expect my entertainment expense will be higher this month.

Transportation was $0 for the month. I put local transportation in the travel category and didn’t have any other transportation expenses. This category will be higher this month since I will do a fair amount of driving once I return to the U.S. this month.

Food consisted of $31.98 spent on groceries and $153.80 spent on fast food/restaurants. This was a bit higher than the previous month. After the first couple days of the month I decided to not worry about food cost at all and see how much I ended up spending. I ate out 30 of the 31 days in the month and sometimes ate out twice in a day. The only day I didn’t eat out was when I was sick from possible food poisoning and had no appetite. I think I’ll spend a little less on food this month.

Travel was for local transportation, a visa extension, and two airline tickets to Bangkok. I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok for myself since that is where I’ll be flying from to return home. I bought a round trip ticket for my girlfriend so she can visit me in Bangkok before I leave. I was able to get 3 free nights at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel using points. It looks like a pretty nice place. I think my girlfriend and I will have a good time there.

Phone was about $15.19 for local Thai phone service. It was about a $1 cheaper than last month for some reason. This month I will be resuming my Project Fi phone service which will result in a slight increase in this expense.

Health included $22.73 for a doctor visit, $10.85 for my monthly fitness center membership, and the rest was for medicine. I don’t think I will have a doctor visit or need to refill any of my medicine this month so this expense should go down.

This month’s expenses were pretty low and I didn’t really make any special effort to keep them low. That is one advantage to living in Chiang Mai, expenses are naturally low here. I’d have to make a special effort to spend a lot here.

Weight Loss

At the end of August I posted a goal of losing 30 pounds in the next three months. I weighed 224.8 on September 1st. On October 31st I weighed in at 208.8 pounds for a weight loss of 16 pounds in 2 months. This means I am 4 pounds behind where I should be to be on track to meet my goal. I’ll need to step things up a bit to hit my goal.

I’m not too worried about not meeting my goal of losing 30 pounds in 3 months. To lose weight I have been doing intermittent fasting. For me, this means eating all of my food in an 8 hour window. My eating window is usually around 11am-7pm. My last meal of the day is usually finished before 6pm resulting in my 8 hour window being shrunk to a 7 hour window. I don’t worry too much about what I eat. I just keep my eating restricted to the window.  I find it easy to keep my eating restricted to the 8 hour window.

For exercise I do a HIIT workout on the treadmill every morning. The entire workout only takes 15 minutes which makes it incredibly easy to workout every day. I only missed 4 workout last month. I missed 2 workouts due to being sick and another 2 when my girlfriend was visiting and I wanted to spend more time with her.

Since both the intermittent fasting and HIIT workout are so easy to do I should not have any problems continuing to do both when I return to the U.S. Thus, I’m not too worried about whether I hit my weight loss goal since I know I have established habits that will eventually get me to that goal and beyond.

Next month I’ll let you know if I reached the goal.

4 thoughts on “October Expenses – $922.46 Plus Weight Loss Update”

  1. Good luck. I’m interested in how you came about the ‘8 hour window’ idea. I’ve heard that it’s better to keep your body fueled with smaller amounts over the course of time that you’re awake. What can happen when you fast is that your body slows down the metabolism to conserve energy when you go for long stretches without food, and then it doesn’t kick back up when you do eat. So you might be putting in less calories but your body could be offsetting some of those gains by slowing down your burn rate.

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    • The 8 hour window is one form of intermittent fasting. I’m not sure where I first read about intermittent fasting. It seems to have become pretty popular in the last year or so. There are lots of videos about it on YouTube and a Google search will return lots of articles. It is working pretty well for me and it is easy for me to follow so I’m going to stick with it.

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  2. Longtime reader here, been away for awhile, congrats on the weight loss. I’ve also lost 40 lbs (down from 225 to 185) since June. I just cut out all carbs. Also fasting but doing it 1-2 days a week. To explain, on fasting days I still eat, but keep my calories under 500 total for the day. BG and BP are both greatly improved. Following, somewhat loosely, the blood sugar diet by Micheal Mosley, the UK physician who popularized HIIT and the 5:2 diet. I also do HIIT but have been not so good actually doing it recently. I do some light resistance training with exercise bands, and walk 30 minutes a day. Feel twenty years younger. Ok, maybe 15.

    This guy is a total badass, lives in the Phillipines, he’s former military and DEA, lots of Afghan combat experience. He is youtube famous for his 28 dollar a month beachfront condo vid. Even if you think its a dump, and it is, maybe the dump to end all dumps, but it is entertaining as hell to watch his drunken MTV style cribs tour. If you could live like him you’d been fine (well, almost) on what your making online.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeZGFygmQ6g&t=328s

    Again, congrats and keep up the good work.

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    • Thanks. The weight loss has stalled out since I’ve returned to the States. I’ve done fairly well at keeping up my intermittent fasting, but have been terrible at getting exercise. I’m going to get back into that routine and clean up what I’m eating during my eating window as well.

      YouTube has actually had that video in my suggested videos before but I never watched. I will check it out now.

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