One of the most common objections I hear to a healthy lifestyle is that it costs too much. In fact, I used this objection for a long time myself. So, how do you afford to eat well & exercise?
You make it a priority.
Think about it. We prioritize so many other things and other people above ourselves, so it’s not uncommon to completely forget about your own health while you’re trying to take care of everything and everyone else. Often, forgetting about ourselves also leads to increased stress, sadness, dissatisfaction, illness, and weight gain.
Then there’s the other side of prioritization. We do take the time to “treat ourselves,” but we forget to truly take care of ourselves. We can justify those new shoes or the drinks out on a Saturday night or investing in the latest iPhone without blinking an eye. But paying $4 for an avocado? No way!
I am so guilty of this… and it took someone else pointing it out to me before I actually made any sort of changes. Honestly… why wouldn’t you put your health first?! After all, without it, how much enjoyment are you really getting out of those new shoes or drinks or iPhone? Chances are, you could be enjoying those things a lot more if you felt amazing.
Subconsciously, you may feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing has worked in regards to your health. In fact, you’ve been supporting this assumption for years and really engraving it into your brain. So now, why on earth would you pay $140 for a new workout program? Or even several hundred for a health coach?! That’s absurd!
It’s only absurd because you’re afraid of failing. You’re afraid this program won’t get you the results you want because so many things in the past haven’t worked. So instead, you’ll invest money in other things to soothe the disappointment you have in yourself for not succeeding… again. You’ve experienced failure so many times, why would you want to put yourself through that again? After all, buying the shoes is a lot less risky…
Tough love: It’s up to you to make it work.
And maybe you’re like I was, thinking to yourself, “…but I can’t.” Shut that voice up right now. Give me one good reason you can’t live your happiest, healthiest life. I can guarantee that no matter what your excuse is – money included – there is a way around it.
Make your coffee at home instead of running to Starbucks. Limit the amount of times you eat in a restaurant to once a week.. or once a month. Cancel any monthly subscriptions that you don’t really need. Tuck away $20 every week and do NOT touch it. Download an app (like Mint) to track your spending and see where you can make adjustments. Pass up the new iPhone for now (there will be another new one in a few months anyway). Have a house party and make healthier versions of your favorite drinks. Find fun, free activities that you can do with the whole family. Spend more time outside. Sell anything you don’t really need on an app like Let Go.
Then, splurge for the organic once in a while. Treat yourself to the $4 avocado occasionally. Invest in quality fruit and vegetables, and you can always find cheaper local options (small business yay!). Invest in a gym membership or workout program if you need the structure. If you’re living with and eating with others, don’t they deserve to feel their best, too? If it’s your family, why wouldn’t you want the best for them?
Once you gain control of your health, life becomes a whole new experience. I think you’ll find that everything becomes richer when you get healthier… even if you had to spend a few more bucks to get there.
To your health!
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