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Posted in Exercise, tagged Alcohol, body image, Budget, clothes, clothing, confidence, costs, dating, eating healthy, Fitness, Groceries, Grocery Bill, gym, health, Healthcare, living, Restaurant, self, self-confidence, shopping, store clerk on July 6, 2015| Leave a Comment »
1. You may not realize what you look like
I went from a size 10 to a size 0-2. But when I still look in the mirror, I see a size 10. It’s amazing the tricks your mind can play on you. I’ve known other women that have had this issue as well. It’s a challenge for them to see what they really look like, which can cause a danger of going overboard (see #12).
2. Your health costs probably won’t change short term
Long-term studies have shown that regular exercise and reduced belly fat can significantly reduce your chances of a wide variety of ailments. But, in the short term, your health costs probably won’t go down and may, in fact, go up. Gym memberships, your new diet (see #6) and and increased tendency to go for regular check-ups can add up.
Also, the more athletics you do, the more likely you will gain a lot of sports injuries, which, trust me, are costly.
3. It’ll get really hard to find clothes
I can no longer find clothes in regular stores. Unless, of course, you want to wear teenage-looking clothes, then, by all means, hit up the juniors department. Stores stock-up what they can sell and they don’t sell many small sizes. So, it can be very frustrating to find the sizes you need when you become fit.
It’ll also get harder to find clothes that are the smaller sizes that actually fit your arms and legs. Most clothing designers assume that if you have a small waist, you’re going to have thin arms and legs, not muscular ones.
4. Store clerks won’t like you
Overweight people complain about customer service bias, and I can see that. The truth is, fit people have the same issue. I can’t tell you how many dirty looks I’ve gotten when I’ve asked a store clerk for help finding a small size. They don’t have any tolerance for a skinny person complaining about having clothing issues.
5. Alcohol looks a lot less enticing
Healthy food is expensive, you can eat a lot more of it for the same amount of calories, and if you are working out more, you’re going to need to eat a lot more. This is the trifecta for an insanely high grocery bill.
7. But your restaurant budget will go down
For some reason, it’s very socially acceptable for people to comment on fit people’s bodies (think about how much talk their is about Michelle Obama’s arms). Most of these are positive, but not always, as the above example shows.
You might also find that you do this to yourself. I find that I regularly talk about my body, my diet, my weight, etc. Somethings this is a good thing, but sometimes these aren’t topics you should discuss. It depends on your audience and if you are obsessing or not (see #12).
11. People will explain to you why they can’t do it
This one is the most awkward for me because I never know what to say. I’m a very non-judgmental person and I definitely understand that I don’t know everyone’s full circumstances and there may be legitimate reasons why they can’t, but I don’t always agree that someone’s reasoning for not taking care of their health is legitimate. I had a coworker once tell me that she could never look like me because she’s “always been a bigger girl” and that I was naturally thin. I’m actually not naturally thin, but I figured it was best to keep my mouth shut.
Another rendition of this is statements like, “I wish I could look like you” and “I could look like you, but I like (insert junk food) too much.” There is no good answer to any of these statements; if you try to tell them they could, they will get mad, and if you agree with them, you may insult them. I just try to change the subject.
12. It’s easy to go overboard
The fitness industry makes money on self-improvement, so they have a vested interest in you always feeling inadequate and needing to improve something. I had a trainer recently say “maintaining is not a goal” in response to me telling him that was my goal. I disagree; if I can stay at this same fitness level as I continue to move into my later 30’s, I’ll consider that a win.
Fitness is also an easy problem to fix, which can set-off a vicious cycle of needed self-improvement. It’s not uncommon for someone to have another problem in their life and vent it out by doing more in the fitness realm (example: men tend to get in shape during a divorce to raise their self-confidence). This can be healthy, but it can also lead to obsession when you realize that it’s one part of your life you can easily control.
What would you add to this list?
Posted in Hypoglycemic Diet, tagged california photographer, cool photo, Diet, eating healthy, families around the world, Flipboard, food, Groceries, Grocery Bill, health, Hungry Planet, Hypoglycemia, Hypoglycemic Diet, Losing Weight, Peter Menzel, photo journal, photo slideshow, Photographs, Processed Foods, World Eats on May 7, 2013| 3 Comments »
I was killing time on my Flipboard app yesterday when I noticed a cool photo journal titled, “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats – in pictures.” California Photographer Peter Menzel traveled to 24 countries for the book Hungry Planet. The photo slideshow says that the point is to show “how much the world’s weekly groceries cost” and it does a good job of that (it’s really sad in some cases).I was more interested in what people are EATING.
Not shockingly, the developed countries are eating a lot more processed foods than anyone else. As I’ve mentioned before, processed foods can prevent you from losing weight and they aren’t good for you if you are hypoglycemic.
I know how much I spend on groceries, but I wonder, if I laid out my groceries on the table and took photographs, would I be happy with the results? Would you? It might be an interesting experiment.
July 2015 Update: Now that I’m on a higher protein diet and am trying to eat more sustainable meats and organic vegetables, it’s up closer to $275-$300.
Along with trying to take the best care of my health due to my hypoglycemia, I also try to take the best care of myself financially. A huge Dave Ramsey devotee, I took the time two days ago to look over my monthly expenditures for each “category” of spending and see how much I’ve spent. It was very eye-opening to see what I budgeted and what I actually spent, and I’ve since made some adjustments to my budget.
So, how much do I spend on average for groceries? $252 per month.
That seems high for a single person, but a lot of that is fruits and veggies, which I eat large quantities of and, unfortunately, are very expensive in the U.S. One might also point to the fact that I live in Houston, but I checked and I spent the same when I was living in a smaller town too.
How does this compare to what you are spending? If you aren’t hypoglycemic and reading this, I’m especially interested in hearing if this is different for you?