AIM: You Show Me Your Maintenance And I’ll Show You Mine

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In the AIM series, we explore the topic of weight management from different points of view. While I haven’t been keeping score, I think we’ve found more similarities than differences so far. That’s why in this month’s AIM post, we’ll each be exploring an aspect of our lives that’s different than the others and how that affects or challenges our maintenance efforts.

Right now, one of my biggest maintenance challenges is my budget. I’m not poor (not even close!), but as a self-employed single person with a variable income, I do have to stretch my dollars whenever and wherever I can. ( I’ve heard rumors I’m not the only one doing this.)

Let me assure you that this is NOT a complaint post! I have more than enough and I am grateful. I’d be less than honest, though, if I didn’t admit that there are areas in which this tighter, fluxuating budget is beginning to affecting my fitness goals.

saucony shoes with hole in bottomTake running shoes, for example. I reported recently that my newest pair had gained an uncomfortable level of air conditioning after only six months. The current budget doesn’t have $100-150 for another pair of Sauconys, Ascis, or Mizunos, so I had to adjust. Since a large portion of my exercise requires running shoes, I used a debit rewards card to purchase some C9 Commit shoes from Target for $30. Fingers (and toes) crossed they work out well! :)

At some point, this inconsistent budget might also require the sacrifice of my beloved gym membership. That shouldn’t affect my overall fitness, because we all know you don’t have to have a gym membership to lose weight, right? But it sure would suck a lot of fun out of it. :)

So far the freelancer budget hasn’t seriously affected my grocery shopping habits, and I’m grateful for that. I’m still able to buy my staples–salad makings, fruit, lean meat, oatmeal, dairy, etc.–but it has cut out some experimentation and upgrades. Again, I’m not complaining, because I have enough. My heart bleeds for people who have to rely on boxed meals and that sort of thing just because that’s all they can afford.

This is the point at which I’d normally share some of my grocery shopping strategies, but I already have a post on that and there’s no point in reinventing the wheel. If you’re of the budget-minded persuasion, check out Savvy Grocery Shopping Secrets (and a Few Sins) for some dollar-saving strategies. And feel free to shout out your own savvy secrets in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by for this month’s AIM discussion!

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the other AIM bloggers to find out what makes them so special:
Lynn @ Lynn’s Weigh
Lori @ Finding Radiance
Debby @ Debby Weighs In
Shelley @ My Journey to Fit

AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to address!

9 thoughts on “AIM: You Show Me Your Maintenance And I’ll Show You Mine

  1. ahhh yes.
    the variable income of a FREELANCER here too makes my approach to maintaing a roller coaster as well…

  2. Love this perspective, and man-oh-man, do I get this. While my income is steady, it is small (however, like you I am not complaining) and saving for a pair of tennis shoes takes time. A friend wanted to buy me a new purse last weekend for my birthday and I laughed and said, “Let’s go to the grocery store instead!” I’d rather have fresh fruit and veggies than a piece of leather slung over my shoulder!

  3. I thought about this a little as I was writing my post. I do try to live thriftily, but I can get whatever food I want. And tennis shoes. Although I drag my feet at the high prices of them. Do you have a Big 5 store near you? That’s where I always got my Sauconys. They just have last season’s style at really great prices. I’ve also bought a pair of Asics ‘gently used’ on ebay. Not sure I’d do that again. I think the insole wasn’t as padded as the new pair I tried on. Still pretty good for $28.

    • We don’t have Big 5 here, but it sounds like my kind of place. :) The running shoe store sometimes have clearance sales, but they haven’t had anything lately.

  4. We made the decision a few years ago to, well, not SPLURGE, but to feel free to spend on groceries – like, we stopped limiting ourselves to the cheaper fruits (like apples and bananas). We have cut back in other areas (no home phone, basic cable), but it’s nice to feel free to feed ourselves well. Same goes for running shoes – at this point I only have one pair of cold-weather shoes, and of course my flip flops for summer, but I’ll cut back on those in order to have my good running shoes.

    Oh and Lynn’s “piece of leather” made me laugh and go “ewwww” at the same time!

    • This is my first year to try “lesser” shoes, and I’m hopeful they work out. If not, I’ll demote them to errand running status and figure out something else. I’d read several good reviews about the c9s as walking shoes, so I figured they were worth a try.

  5. We spend more on groceries than other people, but are pretty frugal in other areas. Especially with both of us self employed. You just cannot take the income for granted.

    I buy thrift store clothes and look for repurposing stuff, but our meat has to be cruelty free and I only eat Fage yogurt LOL!

    • It’s all about balancing, isn’t it, Lori? And figuring out where those lines in the sands are and if/when to move them. I’ll move the Fage line if there’s a good sale on Chobani. :)

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