Losing weight is expensive. At least, creating a healthier lifestyle can be. When I first started on this journey I really did not spend a lot of extra money. It was all about making small changes that easily fit into my normal existence and that didn’t tend to cost a lot.
But soon, the pounds started coming off and my first financial concern cropped up when I realized the sheer amount of clothing that I needed to replace, and which I would need to continue renewing as I lost more weight. Then, slowly, the price of small exercise accessories – weights, DVD’s, and a yoga mat – started adding up. Over the last few months I have suddenly had to start factoring the cost of classes and team sports into our budget. And now, the pursuit of such hobbies is resulting in a serious cash flow issue as I discover exactly how much money can be spent on obtaining proper athletic equipment.
It never occurred to me that getting healthier would end up being so pricey. I was anticipating experiencing such problems in a minor way when it came to choosing better foods, for example, but I never actually noticed a big difference in the grocery bill. And the cost of joining a gym simply wasn’t a factor for me because I did the majority of my initial workouts at home. The financial aspects of this journey just sort of snuck up on me!
I do know that I don’t actually need to spend a lot to continue on this path. I am quite capable of losing the weight and maintaining my loss while working out at home. I can purchase used clothing. I don’t have to buy expensive items to be fit.
But, like I said, it’s about changing my lifestyle. I am in the midst of creating something different for myself. I am working to develop something that will last long after the pounds cease to drop away and which will, hopefully, serve to keep activity as an easily accessible part of my long-term routine. This is about shaping my future, and I think that deserves a little investment.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 9 glasses of water
- 2 3/4 cups spinach salad with croutons, dried cranberries, tomato, red pepper, and calorie-wise Greek feta and oregano dressing
- 1 small Mandarin orange
- 1 banana
- 1/2 coconut ambrosia health bar
- 3 cups Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese, bacon pieces, and croutons
- 1 pear
- 1/3 cup fat free peach yogurt
- 1 hour and 5 minutes of jogging with walking warm up, intervals, and cool down (50 minutes of actual jogging)