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.
Take 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!