Why You Should Invest in Your Health, and My Plans for Better Self-Care
I’m going to let you in on a little secret that’s not going to be so secret anymore after this – I’ve gained weight since I quit my job.
At this time last year, I weighed about 30 lbs less than I do now. I was working out regularly (MWF) at a gym, and I was going on a brisk walk with one of my dogs every day. I had nothing to measure the amount of exercise I was getting, but I do know that I lost some weight, my clothes were fitting loosely and I felt pretty good.
Fast forward a few months to just after the new year and I stopped going to the gym. I no longer had time in the evenings to fit in both my workout and to get all of my business tasks completed. I had to make a choice and I chose my business.
On the plus side, this reduced my monthly expenses by $80/month and also helped me to bring in more income so I could quit my job. The downside is that I had an extremely optimistic view in my head of what self-employment would be like, and it isn’t exactly what I imagined.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with my decision to quit my job and work from home. I love what I do and I wouldn’t go back for (almost) anything. But that vision in my head of having lots of spare time to exercise, cook, and work on projects around my house is laughable now.
Instead I’ve taken on more, bigger, clients and have really started to see the fruits of my labor in terms of business income. The downside though is that I’ve spent a lot more time sitting at my desk and a lot less time walking than I used to. My trips to the rest room and the “break room” (aka – kitchen) are about 5 steps vs the long trip across the office when I was working full-time. Thus my weight has ballooned about 15 lbs since I quit my job in July, and it’s got to stop. (Partially because some of my capsule wardrobe clothes are too tight now too.) 🙁
Investing in your health is something you always need to make room for in your financial budget and in your time budget because if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.
Here’s my plan for better self-care.
Track, Track, Track
I broke down and bought a FitBit (which wasn’t in the budget plan) so I can track my steps, my calories in and out, my heart rate, my sleep, and more. I’ve had it for just over 2 weeks now and it is definitely motivating me to get more steps in my day, and to watch my food intake too. Food has definitely always been more of a struggle for me than working out.
I’ve always been one who’d rather workout a little bit longer so I can have a Snickers (or something else) instead of not having one at all. I’m definitely more aware now that I’m tracking my exercise and my calories in and out.
I read a great post from my friend Carrie at Careful Cents the other day and I also watched her Periscope where she talked about needing to take better care of herself. As soon as I saw those, I reached out to her to see if she’d like to work together to be more healthy.
We’ve added each other on FitBit and have done a great job at checking in about food and exercise with a daily text. We talk about what we did well as well as the things we need to improve on. Neither of us are perfect, but we are both working really hard to do better each day.
Improving your health and losing weight isn’t easy. In fact, it’s extremely hard and takes a long-term period of effort to see results, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Of course I’m a big advocate for getting your finances in order, but right above that is your health because your finances won’t matter if you aren’t around anymore due to poor self-care.
Are you trying to lose weight or take better care of yourself? How can I help? I’m always looking for more accountability! 🙂
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