Trevor the Financial Nut wrote about Nutrition, Exercise and Organization Impacting His Finances recently. This is a very interesting post because it really does apply to my situation as well.
I started a menu plan for this month and I am pleased to say that I have stuck to it so far for the first week. I only made a plan for one week, thinking that it would be enough variety…but I must say that I will be bored next week if I have to eat the same things. Except for Subway!!!
Effect on Finances: My budget has been on track so far for the month because I only bought what planned.
I have to be the worst person when it comes to sticking to an exercise plan and I have no idea why I am doing so badly. Every week I make a decision (not firmly) to add in more exercise time to my day.
I have a really simple plan that I really have no reason not to follow it. My plan is to hula hoop while watching television so I can get in about 30 minutes.
I also bought a jump rope and I fugured I could skip for a few minutes. I even set my alarm a few minutes earlier in the morning so that I could get some exercise in….but I have just been getting on the computer instead.
Effect on Finances: No effect at present but I know that gaining weight will be bad in the future. It leads to me needing new clothes and also possibly some health issues. I am not overweight but I have been putting on a few pounds lately as I creep closer to thirty.
Lately I have not been very organized, well at least not up to my usual degree. I got a comment on FaceBook from a friend who saw a photo where I was standing in front of a shoe organizer full of stuff. She commented that I am as organized as ever…and that made me look around.
I saw clothes haning on the back of a chair, my dining table was covered in receipts and magazines and my computer desk was littered with pens and envelopes.
Effect on Finances: Minimal for now because I already entered all the receipts so my spreadsheets are up to date. Having all the stuff strewn about the place is depressing me and making me not want to do anything at all.
This means that I now have to put aside a few minutes to take care of the mess when I could have used that time to do something better.
Thanks for the mention! I’m glad you could relate to it because the way I treat myself makes a significant difference in the way I handle my finances.
The area I need to work on the most is exercise because I really have no reason not to go walking…or not to pull out the hula hoop or exercise ball while I watch CSI.
@LuLuGal: I COMPLETELY understand where you’re coming from. I used to be a total “gym rat” about a year ago, and because of other things happen in life, I got busy and stopped going! It has a dramatic affect on how I do everything else, including my money!
It’s interesting that there’s such a real connection there.
You better get that hula hoop out! 🙂
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@ Lulugal, the imagination I ‘ve someone as frugal as you wil be a very fit person. Meaning, always taking a walk, exercising on a regular basis. Like Trevor said, It can make a lot of difference when you have a very balanced life,execrise,financial,academically as well.
Another great post of yours, keep it coming.
Oooooh you just called me out. 🙂 I do try to be frugal so that I can save money…but as I always say I am so lazy.
I can go walking around the neighborhood….but I do it one day and when the pain starts the next day then I just give up.
I did hula hoop last night while watching Nip Tuck because I was reading the comments and saw that you guys were basically slapping me in the face for being so lazy.
So thanks for ‘yelling’ at me because it got me off my butt! 🙂
I have all the same problems. I’m so incredibly disorganized. I don’t stick to an exercise routine. I have done meal planning, and I shop around that plan, but then I don’t cook the meals I set out to cook because I was aiming too high for my limited amount of time. I hope to improve all of these things once we’re settled into our new home.
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