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Suze Orman guest starred on The Biggest Loser a few seasons back and admitted that she can pick the winners by their FICO score!! What?! Think about it!!
The way you are with money is a huge predictor of how you are with food and exercise!!! If you look at my past, you’ll see the same patterns for me! My goal with money is to pay off debt…ugh! The dreaded American debt. Confession: It’s a huge source of embarrassment that we have any but we’re working hard to pay it off. In the past though, I’d go on a really strict budget…reasoning that with debt I don’t deserve to buy anything! But, then there’s a point where that’s not realistic so I’d binge on my budget and splurge! One step forward, three steps back. It was the same with my diet. I would be SO strict…ridiculously strict, like with my contest diet. Then, once I hit my breaking point [ again, because that's not realistic] I’d splurge/binge! This is not the way to live!
It was a great wake up call for me to recognize the correlations between money and diet/exercise in my life!!! I’ve worked hard in 2010 to change that and add moderation into both money and diet/exercise and it’s working better for me! Giving myself a reasonable budget so I can still have some of the things I want…like my entryway rug [look at my pic to the left!] that gives me joy every day versus walking by and every day wishing I had a rug in there…..while still paying off $x amount of debt every month.
We’ve made a very simple budget that works really well and we’re loving it and seeing more progress than with any other method so far! And, with diet and exercise, allowing myself to choose life over a strict diet or exercise routine has been wonderful! I’ve maintained my weight through months of trying to conceive and even the start of my pregnancy I’ve kept my weight within reason. Allowing myself to eat “bad” things but in moderation. Allowing myself to be “normal” sometimes. And, most importantly, eating for health versus for the perfect body.
Pregnancy has been great for both money and diet/exercise for me! A baby coming definitely puts things in perspective with money. And, I had to gain a few lbs to get pregnant. I had to use my body for what it was designed versus a tool for me to “look” good to the rest of the world. Who cares what everyone else thinks? I did. Way too much. And, now, being pregnant, the goal of taking care of my growing baby is more important than how I look.
Don’t get me wrong…I have a weight I’ll work toward getting back to after our baby is born, but not be sacrificing my health or happiness!! And, I want to look presentable and fashionable because that’s fun and that’s me…but it’s not who I am. I’m still just as cool in a sweatshirt and jeans or even [gasp!] sweatpants!
Get real with yourself….are your patterns with money and food the same? Want to share like I did? I’d love to know!!!
I know that money is a touchy and private subject, but we’re all working to do better and be better or we wouldn’t be reading others’ blogs!!