The Breakthrough

I’ll be a little bit off topic for this post, so I have a apologize ahead of time.

I watch half of The Biggest Loser every week. If you’re not familiar with the program, the contestants go to what is essentially a fat farm where they try to lose weight every week. One of the two individuals with the lowest percentage of weight lost for the week is voted off. Of course there are plot turns and twists and challenges. The “winner” of the entire show gets $250,000.

There are often dramatic weight losses every week. I don’t mean 3 or 4 pounds. I mean contestants losing 25 pounds in the first week and 10 and 15 pounds every week. To be fair, many contestants are over 300 pounds (especially the men) and so have lots to lose. I find the television program to be frustrating and inspiring at the same time, because my bucket list item number 17 is to lose 30 pounds.

Now, as I sat watching the show yesterday I think I had what Oprah has referred to as an “ah-ha” moment. I kept asking myself, what’s keeping me from doing this? Why can’t I get into the mental space where I can really get it done. I know that the show is unrealistic and I don’t expect to lose 10 or even 5 pounds in a week, but why can’t I put in a concerted effort to lose 2 pounds in a week.? I tore my Achilles about 1.5 years ago and steadily put on 35 pounds. I still have some issues with by ankle and hamstring since then, but I’m using it as a crutch for not changing my eating habits. I am, by far, the largest person in my family, and while most days it does not bother me, it sits in the back of my mind because I know that it is affecting my career advancement as well. If you haven’t heard, there is a bias against overweight women that can affect their wages by as much as 6.2%.  Considering that women already suffer from a wage gap, I’m seriously shooting myself in the foot since I am just about the largest woman in my office as well.

It might not seem like this has anything to do with personal finance, but if I’m having a hard time changing this habit, then how badly am I failing in changing habits that are contributing to my debt?  The weight is a daily physical, very visual reminder of my failure in improving my body (my health is otherwise perfect), but there isn’t a visual cue to react to with my financial situation, and I am sure that I am failing miserably in that department as well.

I know that losing weight is as simple as creating a caloric deficiency much like reducing debt is as simple as paying it down, but I feel like an abject failure in both departments.  This isn’t a pity party.  This is reality.  I hear that the first step is acknowledging that you have a problem.  So what’s the next step, because I can’t see how to get from here to there.

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13 thoughts on “The Breakthrough

  • I went on a low carb diet augmented with working out with weights and jogging. It was the best I felt in a long time. The first 2 weeks I lost 20 lbs.

    Then I got walking pneumonia, and it took me months to figure it out! I stopped working out and fell back into the old pattern.

    Lately, I just don’t have the will power to follow such a plan again. Weight loss is 90% mental and 10% physical for me…

    Tools I used from my “Next Step”.
    1.) created a daily tasklist/journal of self-improvement tasks for every day. When I lost the weight I was talking about above (over 40lbs), I created a daily workout spreadsheet that I would record my reps and what I did.

    2.) review the journal every morning, every workout session, and every evening. I may have been a bit obsessive…

  • I freaking LOVE that show. I am with you though I need to get motivated though!

    Don’t forget about the cost aspects of medical care if you are overweight.

  • Hi Sandy, I struggled with weight loss for years. I don’t know what you are eating or how much you are exercising, but I didn’t make any headway until my hormones got balanced. It’s something to think about.

    Hey, you are paying down your debt pretty well in an expensive place so I don’t think you’re a failure. 🙂

  • I think losing weight starts from having a proper mindset. Instead of thinking about losing weight, one might want to focus on being healthy and having peak energy at all times. Then one might start by making a few lifestyles changes such as drinking water with lemon instead of sweet beverages. Next one might cut back on junk food and processed foods. Then learning to breathe properly. Taking deep breathes using the stomach as oppose to one’s chest.

    I might also suggest getting a rebounder (trampoline) as that little thing can do amazing things for one’s health.

    Sorry. Did I go off topic?

  • BTW might I suggest the book (or audio CD) “The Secret” as well as attending Tony Robbin’s live transforming seminars 🙂

    • Just sucked it up and bought some positive message CD’s that I am supposed to play while I am sleeping. We all need some positive reinforcement, so why not? Thanks Wil.

  • I lived with a girl for 2 years that just wouldn’t acknowledge to herself that she was overweight. Eventually, when she did come to the realization, she went on this diet where you replace carbs with similar things with less carbs – like she would eat pasta made from a soy base, rather than actual pasta.

    She also went to spinning class every single day (she had used knee problems as an excuse not to exercise for years, but apparently the spinning was fine on her knees.)

    I think part of it is committing to a change of lifestyle – and the change has to be permanent.

    I’ve heard that weight watchers is very effective for many people. But I think that a goodly amount of exercise is a key to healthy weight loss too – plus it’s good for your heart! Something like spinning or aquarobics is gentle on the joints, and if you go to a class, it can be a lot more fun than exercising at home!

  • Jesus fuckin H christ what is it with you.

    You complain all the time about your debt, your weight, your tenant, your life. Everything with you is a complaint.

    I see no sense of gratitude in anything you write. No sense of goodness. Just the old, “Oh I’m going to change” bullshit with the usual commercialized escape routes from doing the right thing.

    You want to change your life? Well, fucking live it! Stop telling the world how awesomely holier than thou you are while sucking on the corporate teat of spending and consumption.

    LIVE YOUR LIFE!

    • Hi Steve,

      You probably think I wouldn’t approve your comment, but viola, it’s here! I don’t complain about my life and I don’t complain about my debt. I definitely speak about my debt all the time because, as you might not have noticed, this is a blog about me and my debt. I’ll give you that I complained about my weight on the ONE post that you saw here that was published well over a month ago. In fact I made it a goal to lose weight and I’m working on it. It’s even a part of my bucket list because I am goal oriented. I also most definitely write about the tenant because it affects my finances. You say complain, I say report on what’s happening but as much as you don’t like it, there are other readers asking me about what’s going on with the tenant. We are now 17 days into Christmas and for 17 days I have highlighted freebies and giveaways that are actually decent with no complaining, and featured a photo in each post that has something about this season that I love, but you chose to not see those posts.

      Prior to those I spoke about the foreclosure freeze and robosigning, how much money I have made on the internet, saving money on Thanksgiving and my Prosper results among others, all of which weresingle positive. Nowhere here do I profess a “holier than though” attitude because, as I highlight with my debt, I’ve made my own mistakes and racked up some serious debt while trying to escape the rat race and “corporate teat” that you speak about. Normally I’d give you the New York single finger wave, but I’m turning over a new leaf. Perhaps mine is not the blog for you?

  • Jesus fuckin H christ what is it with you.

    You complain all the time about your debt, your weight, your tenant, your life. Everything with you is a complaint.

    I see no sense of gratitude in anything you write. No sense of goodness. Just the old, “Oh I’m going to change” bullshit with the usual commercialized escape routes from doing the right thing.

    You want to change your life? Well, fucking live it! Stop telling the world how awesomely holier than thou you are while sucking on the corporate teat of spending and consumption.

    LIVE YOUR LIFE!

    • Hi Steve,

      You probably think I wouldn’t approve your comment, but viola, it’s here! I don’t complain about my life and I don’t complain about my debt. I definitely speak about my debt all the time because, as you might not have noticed, this is a blog about me and my debt. I’ll give you that I complained about my weight on the ONE post that you saw here that was published well over a month ago. In fact I made it a goal to lose weight and I’m working on it. It’s even a part of my bucket list because I am goal oriented. I also most definitely write about the tenant because it affects my finances. You say complain, I say report on what’s happening but as much as you don’t like it, there are other readers asking me about what’s going on with the tenant. We are now 17 days into Christmas and for 17 days I have highlighted freebies and giveaways that are actually decent with no complaining, and featured a photo in each post that has something about this season that I love, but you chose to not see those posts.

      Prior to those I spoke about the foreclosure freeze and robosigning, how much money I have made on the internet, saving money on Thanksgiving and my Prosper results among others, all of which weresingle positive. Nowhere here do I profess a “holier than though” attitude because, as I highlight with my debt, I’ve made my own mistakes and racked up some serious debt while trying to escape the rat race and “corporate teat” that you speak about. Normally I’d give you the New York single finger wave, but I’m turning over a new leaf. Perhaps mine is not the blog for you?

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