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Today I have a special guest post from Krista Barrack from FromFat2That.com. She has written a fantastic post about how you can lose weight and get healthy without blowing your budget out of proportion. She is creating some new fun Fitness Challenges and is in the Kickstarter phase now. I am very thankful that she has reached out to me to help reach our wonderful audience here with such a great topic that I think we all struggle with from time to time.
I talk to people all the time about losing weight and one of the top five objections to losing weight and getting healthy that I hear is “it’s too expensive”. Why do they feel this way? They feel this way because of all the marketing the health and fitness industry pushes. They think they will need to pay for a meal delivery service at $300/month, join a gym membership for $100/month and purchase organics and gluten free items at the grocery store. In addition to that, they are constantly bombarded by the latest diet fads and feel pressure to purchase overpriced, under performing supplements.
Let’s shift the perspective for a moment. If you are overweight, first, think about some of your habits. What do you do all day? Many Americans go to work, sit at an office job and go out to lunch on a daily basis. People who don’t have a big budget get a sense of saving money by swinging through a drive -thru and paying $6 for a McMeal. Even if you are avoiding “fast food”, lunch at a restaurant can easily cost you $10 + a tip. The problem is, we usually don’t think twice about this kind of spending activity. It just becomes our routine or our bad habit that we need to break.Eating lunch out every day could easily cost you $40 a week. Eat healthier without breaking the budget: Click To Tweet
Pack a Lunch for Losing Weight
Think about starting somewhere as small as packing your lunch on a regular basis. Eating lunch out every day could easily cost you $40 a week. When I go grocery shopping for myself and my partner, I usually spend about $40 a week buying good, quality food. My shopping list includes things like whole wheat bread, fresh veggies, cilantro, garlic, fresh fruits, brown rice, and a rotisserie chicken. That $40 goes a long way and we can both eat healthy lunches throughout the work week.
Cook at Home Instead of Dining Out
When I look at my ‘friend list’ on social media and I see friends who always complain they are low on money or they are trying to lose weight, it’s common to see them check-in to restaurants like Chili’s, Olive Garden, or a Steak House. Changing your lifestyle is essential for successful weight loss and budgeting.
I was just going out for dinner last week with my boyfriend. We sat down at the place, ordered our meals, and unfortunately I wasn’t satisfied with what they brought me. I ordered a Mexican salad, which simply ended up being completely different than my expectations. I felt like I could have made something more delicious and satisfying at home. Plus, our bill ended up being $50. That’s fifty dollars for one dinner that I was not even happy with.
Make the switch from eating out to eating at home. Learning how to cook delicious meals at home will save you a boat load of calories and cash. My advice is to set yourself some boundaries. Plan to only go out once a week, or perhaps only for special occasions that you want to celebrate.
No Gym, No Problem
Typical gym memberships could easily cost you over $600 per year. With a little bit of willpower and discipline you can cut that cost out.There are plenty of free options and at-home exercises that you can do without having to spend a dime, you just have to put in the time. If the weather is great outside, go to the park or put your walking shoes on and enjoy nature. If the weather is bad, you have internet at home. Hop on YouTube and look up an exercise video. Some of my favorite FREE exercise videos are available on YouTube such as ones posted by Fitnessblender and Blogilates.
Other Free Workout Resources for Weightloss
Endomondo – app for logging your walk/run/etc.
Sparkpeople – A community of people on a mission to health and fitness
MyFitnessPal – app for logging your food and tracking your calories
Instagram – Social media app which is great for recording your weight loss journey
Stop Making Excuses
Using a budget to prevent you from starting your weight loss journey is an excuse to not change. Losing weight does not require you to spend a lot of money, you just have to make healthier choices every day. Choose to move more and dine out less. Choose to commit to doing a workout routine for 30 minutes a day instead of binge watching Netflix. Remember, the power is in your control, and you have the choice to make the change.
If you need help or more motivational tips for your weight loss journey, you can ask me.
I have lost 90lbs and I have been kept it off for over eight years.
Find me on my blog at FromFat2That.com.