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Know Your Body’s Budget

Can I afford that?If you can balance your bank account, you can balance your body account. Our weight is the result of caloric checks and balances. It takes a little time, discipline and mathematics, but the reward outweighs the work.

In my article at Answers.com today, I share 3 ways to to manage your weight:

1. ) Learn how many calories you burn

2.) Learn how many calories you should eat to reach your goal

3.) Learn how to track food like you track your money

CLICK HERE to get the Answers. (pun intended!)

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30 Days of Motivation: Put Your Body on a Budget

over budgetIn the real world, it really doesn’t matter how hard you work, or how much money you make, if you spend it all – or spend even more. What really speaks the most is the balance you carry. This also applies with our body. When it comes to food and calories, most people are constantly going over budget and eating more than they can afford to eat. Instead of racking up dept, you pack on the weight.

I know, you are probably thinking, “I have no idea how to track calories” or “that sounds like a pain”, but if you think for one minute that managing calories is not your thing, then maybe it’s time to make it your thing. Balancing my checkbook isn’t my thing either, but I do it because it’s a necessary part of life . It’s not an option. Since I like my lifestyle, my house and my cars (and don’t want anyone to come pick them up) I’m forced to keep a close watch on what I spend. So, I live on a budget.

NSF check

Unfortunately, no one will repo your body. No one charges you an NSF fee every time you eat a meal over budget. Nope, your only punishment is weight gain – and that’s not enough punishment for some people. Most people wait until things get so bad, like getting deep in debt, before they decide to fix it. That’s not a good place to be, but it’s where many of us find ourselves when we face the New Year.

calorie managementWe overspend and overeat at Christmas, and now it’s time to work it all off. It’s simple as that. Complain all you want, but you lived the highlife, eating whatever you wanted, and now it’s time to pay for it. Like financing a big purchase, you basically “financed” many pricey meals and like paying anything off, it will take time.

Your body is your bank account, and they both require a little math. I use the LoseIt app to help me with the math of tracking calories. In the process, you’ll discover where all your calories are going and begin to make better choices using the information you learn along the way. Here’s a few screen shots of the LoseIt app, made for iPhone and Android. It also is available online.

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Get Serious

If you want to get serious results this year, you need to get serious about calorie management. It takes a little work, but it will be worth it! Stay accountable this year – and stay on top of your body account!

Learn more about calorie management with my Get pFIT Handbook

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FAT: It’s Time to Pay it Off

America is known for spending more than we can afford – and the same goes for our eating. Stored fat is like maxed out credit cards. America eats what they want, whether they can afford it or not.

People walk around carrying enormous caloric debt, storing previously borrowed calories on their backside, and there’s no bailout coming. Unlike financial debt, you can’t file bankruptcy to make it all go away. The only answer is, dare I say, a budget.

Cut Back
Just like money, when we get really behind, recovering from our mistakes calls for drastic measures. Strict budgets and number crunching is what we have to do to get us back on track. Unfortunately, many people ignore the pink elephant. Pretending like everything is fine, they continue to get more and more in the rears – pun intended!

As you know, spending can easily get out of hand if you aren’t tracking every dollar. The same goes for calories. It’s nearly impossible to manage calories without keeping a close watch on them like you would your bank account.

Pay It Off
Another way to reduce our so-called debt is with exercise. However, just because we work a little more in the gym doesn’t mean we can spend calories frivolously either. We have to allow enough time to significantly reduce the debt before we can loosen the reigns. Easier said than done.

Be Responsible
When we work hard, it’s natural to want a reward. We fool ourselves into thinking we can now afford the extra calories because we workout. We treat our finances the same way. As soon as we get a raise, a new job, or a bonus – typically, our first response is not saving that money. We think about how we can spend it – the bigger car payment we could afford, the clothes we could buy and the vacation we’ve been wanting.

Just like credit cards, you should eat only what you can pay off over a short period of time. Once you reach your goal, you can splurge here and there without gaining weight, as long as you are willing to pay it off quickly.

“Eat only what you are willing to burn off.”

 

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