30 Days of Motivation: Put Your Body on a Budget
In 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.
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.
We 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.
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.
I really like the comparison between fitness and finances. Both are things I need to continute to manage CONSISTENTLY and not fall on and off the bandwagon. I use MyFitnessPal to track calories and really like it so far. It’s crazy to really see how much and what macros you’re getting on a day to day basis.
Love the weight to financial comparison. It’s a good way to put it in to perspective for those looking to lose weight!
Thanks!! Glad you liked it. I think we can ALL relate to money!
Jess Allen (@blondeponytail)
You always hit the nail on the head BOnnie. I like how you make financial and health comparisons–so true! I know I lived it up during the holidays, and don’t want to fall back on the “eating for two” mentality–I just want to fuel with healthy goods!