Let’s Get Physical
Posted by Arianne | Filed under Arianne
I’m pretty sure this isn’t the most original comparison but the more I think this way, the easier it is for me to save. I wanted to share it with you – maybe you think the same way or maybe I’ll give you an idea or two to help you out. I tend to equate ‘saving money’ to ‘losing weight/getting in shape.’ Now, hear me out:
In certain people’s lives, there comes a time when they reach a breaking point, hit their bottom or have an ‘A-ha!’ moment. Whatever the case may be, they decide they can’t live the way they’re living anymore. They feel sluggish, they can’t button their favourite jeans anymore and use a rope for a belt (a.k.a. they’re struggling to even live pay cheque-to-pay cheque). That’s when they realize they have to make a change. So what happens next? They go online, to the bookstore/library or talk to their friends and find out what they’re doing; see how other people are living. Sometimes their friends are no better off and there are others who have this level of self control that’s simply admirable. They order a water with lemon instead of a soda pop which is like picking up that designer dress in the store and walking around with it, but then replacing it on the rack before you walk out. They don’t need the dress, even though it looks so delicious. Which means YOU can do this – you can make a plan, set a goal and stick to it. It’s time to cut the fat!
You can only take it one day at a time and assess each situation as it presents itself to you. Some days you’ll slip…that’s a guaranteed: “I ate an entire bag of ketchup chips…SO there!” I think it’s pretty equivalent to: “They were having a sale! Why buy one when you can buy 15 for the price of 13 and a half??? It’s a bargain!” NO! It’s not a bargain. You’re simply rebelling to feel like your old self again, just for a moment. In that moment of weakness, you are now held accountable for your actions. You’re stronger than that. You reset your focus, make another game plan and you go for it. Full throttle. You remove the temptation by clearing your pantry of all fatty snacks, replacing them with nutritious options a.k.a. you leave your debit and credit cards at home. You no longer need them. You create a workout regime you can really stick to a.k.a. you stop window-shopping and find another hobby to occupy your time and mind.
One day you’ll slip into your favourite jeans, button them up and realize the waist is really loose (which is basically like looking in your wallet and finding the $40 you haven’t spent). You run to your full-length mirror (a.k.a. take a gander in your bank account) to peruse your state of affairs and you realize the inches have just melted away (a.k.a. you have saved a BUTT-LOAD of cash)! The moment you see those results, you just want to have more. You’re no longer pressured into evenings out with friends or shopping trips because you know it will just be a night of frivolous spending. Instead, you have a potluck with your friends and invite them to your place to chow down on some healthy snacks, dance to the music on your record player and watch a movie from your DVD collection. This has not piled on the calories/cost you a red cent. You’ve stuck it out.
Now you’re ready to pay for that dream tropical vacation in cold. hard. cash. And you pay for it while wearing a hot-as-Hades bikini…just ‘cuz you can!