The other day I came across an old GRS post called The High Cost of Being Fat
. It's so true. About a month ago I realized that I've spent just as much on getting fat as I have on trying to lose the weight--and both sides are in the thousands. The highlights:Gaining
Living in the city, it's easy to drop $35 on a dinner ordered in. We used to go on kicks where we would order in almost every night! Thanks to living in a not-so-trendy neighborhood, our only options are pizza, Chinese, and Thai.
I used to buy lots of groceries that would usually go to waste. There are two scenarios here: 1) I buy lots of healthy food that goes bad before I get in the mood to eat it, or 2) I buy expensive processed foods and eat too much of them. Either way, overeating could easily cost me $100+ a week in groceries for two people.
I don't have numbers for clothes, health, and professional success, but I know there's been a high cost in each of these categories (or will be, in the case of my health).Losing
For the past four years I've spent $25 to 40 a month on gym memberships. Too bad I almost never used them.
Because I'm so bad about getting to the gym, I decided to sign up for a personal trainer back in January. 48 sessions at $53 each = $2554, plus the interest I've paid on my credit card. I'm now two thirds done with those sessions, and I'm still fat. Good times!
I don't regret signing up for the personal training; I've learned a lot. I do regret my ambivalent behavior, though. Since I had this realization, I've really cut down on my food spending. The gym membership and personal training are all paid for, so I can take advantage of those for several more months without spending another dime.
Probably more importantly, I've noticed a very close connection in my relationships with food and money. When I start practicing frugality, I automatically eat less. And when I closely watch what I eat, I spend less on both food and non-food things. I basically get into a consumption mode that covers both things, I guess.