Treat Your Body Like Your Money

Have you ever walked into a department store, seen a gorgeous pair of shoes, handed them to the cashier along with your credit card and said, “Don’t tell me how much it costs. I don’t want to know.”

No, you probably haven’t. But have you sat down in a restaurant, seen something incredibly delicious on the menu and said to the server, “Don’t tell me the calories—I don’t want to know.”

I’m betting you’ve said that one. Do you know why we say this? Because we want to enjoy that cupcake/cookie/cake/pasta/pizza/burger without guilt. We want to indulge, because it’s been a bad day. A bad week. Because my boss yelled at me today. Because I deserve this. Because I’ve been so good. Because it’s Christmas. Because it’s my birthday. And I don’t want to know.

So let me ask you something: why do you treat your money differently than you treat your body?

We look at the prices of the things we’re buying because we know we will eventually have to pay for those gorgeous shoes that could cost three grand, and if we can’t afford them, we put them back. We don’t think about that with food because we don’t think about our caloric consumption as “paying for” anything. But we do pay for these choices with how we feel about ourselves, both physically and mentally.

We all have a calorie budget, a threshold of calories we can eat every day, just like how much money we spend. Yet while most of us would probably never say “I’m going to buy these crystal embellished Christian Louboutins for six grand because I’ve had a bad day,” we allow ourselves to do that with our food. And we do end up paying for it. In clothes that don’t fit. In terrible self images. In being short of breath from walking up the steps. In feeling like you can never change. The answer is in the knowledge.

This is the starting point of the blog for me, because this was my starting point on my weight loss journey. You have to know what your budget is. You have to know the cost of what you’re eating. Because once you face how many calories something has, the food no longer has control over you. You make the choice. Take the emotion out of it, and ask yourself, can I eat this today? Maybe I should only eat half. Or, if I eat the whole thing, I need to get some exercise in later today. Calories in, calories out.

Losing weight isn’t magic. It’s math. It’s just counting.

So start looking at what you’re eating. It can be overwhelming. It can even be depressing as hell. But you can do it, and start making better choices because of that knowledge. Trust me. I’ve been there.


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