Last week, I had an important workout decision to make. My new job is in New Jersey, so it will be a different type of commute each morning. Luckily, Equinox just opened a branch near my new office, which would allow me the flexibility to work out whenever I want. Unluckily for me, to join that gym means I have to up my current membership by $40 bucks a monthâ€“oy vey!
I bit the bullet and upgraded; now I can work out all over the city whenever I want at whatever classes I want. Worth it.
As I sat down to redo my budget, however, I started thinking about all of the crazy things weight-loss aids I’ve purchased over the years. Full disclosure: You will judge me after reading this list. Please try not to â€“ I was young and foolish. And here are some of the weight-loss “investments” my younger and more foolish self made:
- When I was in high school, I ordered an ab slimmer belt from an infomercial that promised to remove stomach fat and tighten up my abdominal area. I would lie on my bedÂ imaginingÂ it vibrating away the pounds. This never actually happened.
- I drank nothing but Slimfast and Hydroxycut for 3 months before my Senior Prom.
- Iâ€™ve had personal trainers in every state Iâ€™ve ever lived in.
- My fitness DVD collection could rival a movie rental store and includes Beach Body Workout, P90X, The Core, Biggest Loser, 30 Day Shred, The Firm and more.
- The only thing that beats my fitness DVD collection is my health & fitness book collection. If thereâ€™s a diet out there, I have the book/workbook that explains it in detail.
- My college garage looked like an As Seen On TV reject store, complete with an Ab Roller, an Ab Chair, a stairstepper and other random ropes, cords and machines.
- I bought a bike in college with intentions of going on long leisurely bike rides throughout campus and my neighborhood. I rode it twice. EVER.
When I think about all of the money I’ve spent trying to lose weight over the years, the things that have paid off arenâ€™t in the list above. The things that really made a difference have been my gym memberships, healthy groceries and the workout clothes that give me confidence to get out and bust my butt.
Yes, Iâ€™ve been ridiculous over my lifetime in trying to find the short cuts. I thought if I spent the most money, I would get the best results, and that’s not how it works. I get the best results by planning ahead, by using my gym membership regularly, by being deliberate and intentional in my actions.
Fitness costs a lot, butÂ when I compare the $35 Iâ€™d spend at a SoulCycle class to the $50 to $75 I can spend on a typical night out, the payoffs are worth it times a million. I now have a gym next door to my house and one next door to my office, and I also bought a three-month Groupon for the yoga studio across from my apartment that Iâ€™ve been dying to try. Iâ€™m planning my meals for next week to make sure Iâ€™m not stressed at night after getting home from my commute. Iâ€™m investing in my health and it is worth it.
Iâ€™m not saying that the ab stepper is the worst thing ever, but itâ€™s not the best thing for me. A solid gym membership, an occasional fun class like Soul Cycle or Kickboxing and a healthy grocery cart are things Iâ€™m going to keep investing in to slim down. What are your biggest fitness investments, successful or not?
+/- = My high low this week was all looped into one. My last week at work was highly emotional and a whole lot of fun. I made it to the gym 3 days this week and had a great time each night saying goodbye to friends and coworkers. Unfortunately, the party times were filled with treats and drinks and not enough water causing a +3 gain by yesterday. Iâ€™ve got the week off so Iâ€™m hitting the gym and hitting the green juice. Detox here I come!