I promised I’d update my progress every week. I weighed in yesterday morning and was down 3.8 lbs, 42.4 pounds total. Good news, but what do you do when you find yourself in a position of having two opposing goals? Which one wins?
I’ve been on this weight loss journey since May, slowly increasing my commitment and activity levels and seeing great progress. It’s been a very positive, yet emotional journey, and I’ve reached a place of really wanting to push myself to the next level, but another goal is holding me back.
Stuck In a Tug of War between Debt vs Diet:
Here’s a little background story to bring you up to speed:
While I’ve been at the weight loss thing for 6 months, we’ve been working to pay off debt for over 2 years now. We found ourselves in an overwhelming amount of debt, after slipping into money problems with a rental house and a renter who paid late and bounced rent checks, then losing 40K that house when we sold after the housing market had tanked, weathering a couple of pay cuts thanks to the economy and receiving some unexpected medical bills from our bonus baby. Without an emergency fund left to fall back upon, we ended up making matters worse by charging things we shouldn’t have, like tires for the car and dentist visits for the family.
In my typical “Heather-ish” ways I didn’t worry about it at first, figuring that everything would work itself out. But as months/years went buy we slipped farther and farther into debt.
We had several half-attempts to get out of debt for several years, but never really cut our lifestyle enough to make a head of steam. When we finally got to the point that we were so sick of having money worries, we buckled down.
Since then we have managed to pay off more than $40,000 in the last 2-3 years. We have one $8,000 credit card left and the balance on my car $12,000 until we’re debt free aside from the house.
All great, huh?
Here’s where the competing commitment comes in…
My dilemma is that the cost of Weight Watchers, gym membership, swim team, personal trainer, athletic clothing and shoes, regular clothing in smaller sizes, replacing swimming suits every 2 – 3 months, 5K registration fees, and such are killing our budget!
We’ve baby stepped our way out of debt so far, but as I’m stepping up the activity and pushing myself harder, we’ve slowed down our debt pay off progress.
I’m in a battle of needs vs. wants. I know in my head that people have lost weight without paying for a health club, joining a swim team, or hiring a personal trainer. I’ve lost weight (and scarred my daughter for life) with free weight-loss apps, but I never stuck with it. Building this infrastructure of support around myself is helping me stick to my weight loss goals like nothing else ever has.
I’ve lost some weight before, but never have I incorporated this much physical activity and never, ever, have I pushed myself to these limits. I attribute a lot of my success to having someone there, encouraging me to do one more set of muscle burning squats and a Weight Watcher’s leader who is also becoming a great friend, reminding me to make healthy choices every day.
I know I can do a 5K without being a part of some sponsored race, but the energy I get being a part of it gives me something to look forward to, a goal train for as well as motivation to play full out the day of the event.
I ran yesterday…seriously R.A.N…for real! Little miss asthmatic, out of shape, approaching 40 yrs old, Heather RAN! I’ve gone from being completely winded and exhausted swimming one length of the pool to being able to swim for an hour. I wouldn’t have (couldn’t have) done any of this had I not had the encouragement, support, and teaching from my trainer/swim coach, weight watcher’s leader and friends I’ve made at the gym pushing me to get better.
So what’s the solution?
I have a fear that if I let off the throttle on my weight loss goals, I’m going to lose my momentum and stall.
I’ve picked up a couple of extra freelance writing gigs to help offset the cost somewhat, but we’ve definitely slowed down the pace we were paying down debt since I started working to lose weight.
Have you ever had a situation like this where you are striving for two competing goals? How do I have my cake and eat it too; continue to pay off debt while continuing with my swimming, gym membership, weight watchers, and personal trainer? Please tell this girl what to do…