I’ve been thinking about how fortunate I am to have decided to get back into shape before I turned 30. I’ve heard about how it gets harder to lose weight as you get older but it was relatively easy for me to get back to a normal body weight. Hiro’s mom even said, “If it was that easy, why didn’t you do it sooner?”.
Part of why it was so easy was that I transformed my identity. I started out as someone who didn’t really care about my body image as I hadn’t drawn confidence from that in a long time lol. I had other things to give me self worth so it wasn’t something I focused on for a few years. But when I decided to lose weight this year, it wasn’t for the look. It was just to be healthier and be fit. Strength became a focus which made me push myself harder. Even on days where I don’t go to boxing, I’ll still do a circuit routine to give myself a good sweat and be sore the next day.
I can see an easy contrast with spending. I’ve spent less for sure and part of that is just the residual effects of being healthy and cooking for myself more. However, I still see myself as a foodie so I will not skip out on things that I want to eat. When I go to restaurants, I hook it up. Just as “healthy and fit” worked better for losing weight than “looking good” for me, I need to find a better identity that “frugal” that will allow me to spend less. That’s a work in progress.
So I went back to boxing last week and my weight went back up. I’ve been going back and forth on if this is muscle weight I’m gaining and losing and I think that pretty much cements it as muscle. The thought of actually gaining more weight again because of muscle gain is not all that appealing to me. My intention was never to get big, it was to be fit and I want to be more on the lean side. If I want to be 155 a fit, I may have to actually to develop a strategy.
So far, life has been getting in the way of boxing. No surprise, it’s competing with the dinner time slot. I haven’t changed up my routines at all. Going to Muay Thai is the easiest for me since I just do whatever drill they show and it’s easier to push myself with peer pressure.
I’m thinking about try to diversify my exercise with something like rock climbing, but that is very expensive and I’m already paying $127 a month for boxing. Anyone know of any low cost activities?
This is the first month where I’ve made it over $1000 in paid meals. This is a major failure on my part as it’s a return to the old ways that I wished to shed. In my previous posts, I said I was okay with spending more on single meals and that’s still true but there also needs to be a balance. Just because I can afford this doesn’t mean it’s a good habit going forward.
Bonus, here’s my total spending for this May lol