What if I told you that most folks have an inverse value system, and as a result, they’ll splurge on items that provide no real value to their lives, but will skimp on products or services that will actually benefit their livelihood? And what if the #1 thing you should be investing the most money in is sitting right there with you, right now?
It’s a warm, sunny day here on Long Island, and I write this to you from my parents’ home. Every Tuesday and Friday, I visit my hometown of Port Washington, and work with my grandmother on rehab from hip replacement surgery last summer, and my dad on improving his strength, tone and overall cardiovascular health. My buddy also got done with his residency in preparation to becoming a gainfully employed doctor, so after I’m done working tonight, I’ll be heading out to his place to celebrate.
Lord help me tomorrow…
Anyhow, let’s face facts with facts: Most folks don’t spend their money wisely. They’ll splurge on a fancy car (the US average is $499 per month per car), a country club membership (US average of $520 per month), expensive shoes, clothing and accessories… Since I’m dating a woman in her late 20s, and she’s resold quite a bit of this stuff for very close to what she originally paid for it, I know firsthand how expensive and how frivolous a lot of these items really are…
Of course, spending a lot of money on material things that are supposed to show status are just that: Status symbols. Think about it for a second – If you need a car to drive to and from work, and perhaps to chauffeur a couple of kids around, do you really need the Porsche or the Range Rover with all the bells and whistles, when a Toyota or a Jeep would do you just as well, if not BETTER, with a significant reduction in maintenance costs between gas, monthly payments and repairs?
The correct answer is ‘No, I don’t really need that fancy car(s) with the bells and whistles,’ by the way 😉
These days, we can go to a number of gyms for just $10 per month! There are millions of FREE fitness and nutrition plans online… All we have to do is Google to get access to them!
And yet, a recent study came out showing that TWO BILLION people worldwide weren’t just overweight, but obese…
Why is this, when all the information we need is right at our fingertips? Well, it’s simple!
It’s so easy to live a decadent lifestyle and, as a result, to waste our money. If you’re reading this, you’re more than likely living in a world of abundance. It may not always feel like it when you have to pay your monthly bills, but how much of what’s being paid for is actually necessary?
It’s one thing when you have an abundance of money and can afford all the luxury items money can buy while having plenty left over. It’s another when your health is suffering, you’re overweight, you need help, and the price tag for your fitness and your nutrition needs is all you care about when you’re starting your journey…
Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying you should spend money on products or services you cannot afford! Quite the contrary, really… I’m saying that we often spend a lot of money on items that don’t improve our quality of life, and then skimp on products or services that WILL improve our quality of life…
There’s one thing in the world you should be investing as much money as possible in to improve: YOURSELF!
Showing off a fancy car or a fancy accessory isn’t going to improve your life. It may make you feel like a superman or a supergirl, but after the euphoria of having this hot new item wears off, what are you left with?
I’ll tell you what you’re left with: A big ass bill!!!
Most people think that bargain shopping is going to get them the best service with the best result when it comes to losing weight and improving health. In my line of work, that’s FAR from the truth…
What happens to that $10 monthly gym membership when you’ve had a long day, and you just want to go home, bum out on the couch and eat junk food? Where’s the incentive to go with just $10 invested?
The same holds true if you have good health insurance, and it covers almost the entire cost of a visit to a dietician or a nutritionist! If there’s hardly any money coming out of your pocket, I can assure you there will be missed visits, and unless you’re on welfare and your life literally depends on your making healthy changes fast, the dietary plan that’s laid out for you will more than likely fall by the wayside.
Investing in your health is so IMPORTANT! To use a personal example, I used to have pretty bad aches, pains and stiffness in my back, my hips, and my knees from years of powerlifting. Back in my late teens and early 20s, I used to lift some serious weight, which put a lot of undue stress on my spine. After having an X-Ray done a few years ago, I had multiple doctors tell me that my spine had degenerated to the same point of the average 55 year old man (I was barely past 25 at the time!).
What I was told is that I can’t reverse the damage that’s already been done, but I can MAINTAIN my current position. So, it was around this time that I began paying regularly for both acupuncture and chiropractic visits, OUT OF MY OWN POCKET! My health insurance is garbage, and only covered the chiropractic minus the copay…
When I started doing both, I was going to the acupuncturist once a week for $99 a visit, and the chiropractor for $30 a visit with my copay. The result was $129 per week, or $516 a month!
Was this expensive for me at the time? Yes. Was it worth it? HELL YES!
Today, I rarely have to go to either specialist. Between the help I got in these two practices, as well as by doing yoga and including flexibility training in my workouts on a very regular basis from that point forward, I’m virtually pain-free for the first time since my mid-teens!
On the contrary, my 100 lb weight loss journey took me SIX YEARS!!! There were a lot of stops and starts, with quite a bit of research and trial-and-error before I found what worked. Had I stopped frivolously spending money on going out to dinner all the time and impulsively buying shit off Amazon, and instead allocated those funds towards finding answers and getting help, then I’m sure I would have reached my goals in a lot less time 🙂
Moral of the Story: YOU are your biggest asset! While I can understand having bragging rights around the boys, in the nail salon, etc., it’s important to have your priorities in order. If your health is suffering as a result of your weight, and you truly need help, then it would be wise to cut back on the frivolous expenses, and begin allocating those funds towards something that will truly benefit YOU!
Take it from someone who sputtered quite a bit on his weight loss journey: DON’T DO IT YOURSELF! I’m fortunate I’m a special kind of stubborn bastard who didn’t fully throw in the towel at any point, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer!
If you need help, don’t sell yourself short – You deserve to live a long, healthy and happy life 🙂
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