This is us, totally. We've been using YNAB for three months and have savings for the first time in five years. We have inconsistent income, and we couldn't get over that stumbling block when making a budget. YNAB helps us wrap our minds around it because we don't have to guess, we can only use what's available, and we can start to see patterns and make adjustments.
This has some really good salad-at-work ideas: http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/cooking-tips/article/lunch-al-desko
I think the author and I are back twins. Once upon a time I was a healthy, active person, and was sidelined by a weird running injury that seemed mostly annoying at the time, a "signal to slow down" as many people told me. Eight years on, I have no accurate diagnosis, and am in the latest round of core strengthening. Acupuncture, psychic healing, chiropractic, crackpot "pain specialist": yes, yes, yes, and yes. I wonder if it's heightened at all by being in LA? I'm surrounded by "alternative healers" and adherents of all stripes. And even MDs I've seen have told me anything from "stretch more" to suggesting major interventions that might/might not work. All to say, chronic pain is exhausting and of course I want a magical solution. Would the author be willing to recommend the doctor who gave her the final diagnosis?