Healthy is Cheaper than Unhealthy

Good morning! Its Friday!!!! I love Friday, as I think I’ve mentioned every single Friday, and will continue to mention every single Friday. I got to sleep in a whole extra 20 minutes this morning. It was glorious. For some reason I’m now 1,873,477x more awake than I usually am. I’m also insanely sore from hill sprints, spin, and abs yesterday. I love it. It is the best feeling in the world.

Also, I get to relax and eat stuff like this – which is just phenomenal. Much better than  granola bars in a crowded student center for breakfast, like the other days of the week.

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You know what makes me really mad, though?

People.

No, not you. But other people.

Like professors who spend 75 minutes talking about how only rich snobby people are healthy because they’re the only ones who can afford it.

And then they go and talk about how they can’t wait to have 3 beers that night because of how exhausting the class is.

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As you can imagine, I didn’t hold my tongue for this one.

(note for future professors of mine: Don’t even go there. I’ll make you regret it.)

Now, can a healthy lifestyle be expensive? Yeah. If you’re going to buy everything at Whole Paycheck, wear only Lululemon, hire a personal yoga instructor, get weekly massages,  and buy an unlimited monthly membership at New York Sports Club. As well as a new pair of Nikes for every machine at the gym.

And you know what? If you can afford that, I’m happy for you.

But thats not the only way to be fit.

Thus, my list. I’m calling it “Healthy is Cheap” so that people won’t be offended by the title and not read the list. But I have alternative titles for it, too. For example:

  • “Diabetes is more expensive than No-diabetes.”
  • “You won’t be making any money when you’re hospitalized.”
  • “My sneakers cost less than your cable package and recliner.”
  • “It’s free to run on the street. Unless you’re trying to run on the Mass Pike.”
  • “Bragging about how you still fit into your clothes from high school = priceless.”

And now for the list….

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  • It costs me $2.50 to make a jar of almond butter that lasts two weeks. I can also buy celery hearts for a $1 and eat the two together. Your Latte and Donut cost more than that and are both gone in less than 10 minutes.
  • I can buy chickpeas, carrots, and broccoli for a veggie stir fry for the price of your Big Mac Combo. And my stir fry will last for 2-3 meals.
  • When fruits and veggies are getting old I can make a smoothie or soup with them. When your chips are stale you just throw them away….
  • Playing frisbee at a park is free. Sitting in a movie probably costs $15, and then you’ve got all of the buttery popcorn you’ll stuff in your face.
  • You could spend $40-$70ish on new jeans to hide your muffin top. Or you could just stay slim enough to wear the ones you have….
  • The endorphins that I get from working out keep me moving all day long. And they’re free. How much does a Red Bull cost?
  • Get rid of your cable! Its expensive and is just luring you to the couch. Pretty much any activity is cheaper than that.
  • Wouldn’t it be nice to be fit enough to carry your laundry up the stairs without needing an oxygen mask to drop from the ceiling?
  • I wrote a play for you to finish off my list with a little pizzaz:

I’ll set the scene:

Broke Sally and her Fit Friend or going for a walk in their (free) neighborhood.

*enter stage right*

Broke Sally: Gee, I wish I could find an affordable way to do strength training – the weather here makes it hard to run!

Sally’s Fit Friend (also broke): Well, there are these things called “body weight exercises” and you can do them in your living room with no equipment. 

Broke Sally: Shut the front door! There IS a way to be healthy for cheap!

Sally’s Fit Friend (also broke): Exactly! If anything, you only gain a better, longer life by being active! What are you waiting for?

*exit stage left*

Weekly Workouts

Hi all.

I’d say “good morning,” but it’s actually seriously late when I’m writing this and I’m not in a super “good morning,” mood, to say the least. I dread the thought of morning right now.

Also, I need this shirt

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But I digress…

So it’s been a while since we did my weekly meal/workout plans on here. The break was all apart of my effort to talk about myself on my blog without being narcissistic. Yes, that’s kind of an oxymoron. It’s also an art form. I think.

Anywho, here’s my workout plan for the week – complete with a new workout for you! Yay!

  • Mon: 30 min Bicep workout, 20 min plank circuit
  • Tues: 4 mile run, leg strength circuit, spin
  • Wed: NEW Arms n Abs (see below)
  • Thurs: 3 mile run, butt workout, spin
  • Fri: Shoulder workout
  • Sat: Legs and Abs; cross fit??

Heres the new workout for ya:

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Let me know if you’re unsure of how any of the moves there work.

Enjoy your day!

Racing Motivation & Bolognese that you can’t eat. Sorry.

I’m not one to be sentimental about anything. Ever. Sad movies make me laugh. Im always like “Psh they’re so dramatic. I’m glad I’m not that ridiculous. Im so tough. Give me my crossbow so I can go kill breakfast.”

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Yup, not exaggerating at all.

But yesterday morning was different. Maybe it was just because it was a rest day and I can’t cope on rest days.

My iPhone calendar alert went off telling me that it was 24 hours until I would be crossing the finish line… and I think I may have shed a tear.

*queue the Schindler’s List soundtrack*

Now I know I’m a very fortunate person for many reasons — too many to name —  but I went through a lengthy time of feeling weak and abnormal (due to Celiacs) and it was frankly depressing. Triathlons were a pipe dream.  It was awful being sick every day and wanting to run, but turning around at the top of the street because I thought I would pass out since nothing had stayed in my system for days, if not weeks. Being treated like I was anorexic by doctors and friends really didn’t help my attitude much.

You know the story- it’s your typical “indigestion-to-riches-fairy-tale.” All of us bloggers have one.

Simply because I’m stubborn and don’t like to look weak, I kept experimenting with eating healthy until I made it a day without being sick. That took a while. Next I started to workout — no cardio, I didn’t weigh enough for that — but I did lots of strength training. Then I gained weight and I started to get stronger. Maybe even not just stronger than I used to be, but stronger than a lot of healthy people are.

And so I got a road bike. And I also ran.

And life went on like that for a while.

A few months ago, it dawned on me that I had a shot at doing this now. And so I paid the expensive triathlon fee and signed up.

And now here I am- writing on my own fitness blog, working out daily, eating healthy (and keeping it down), and getting ready to race.

You see, this triathlon for me doesn’t only represent tackling a few months of a hard training plan, it goes back years before that. This represents overcoming numerous diet, stress, strength, and life issues.

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It was all worth it for many reasons, one of them being that it makes this race so much more special for me. 

But enough of my bolognese. I can only be like that for so long.

So, it’s really easy for me to feel motivated because this is so meaningful for me, right? WRONG.

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It takes daily encouragement, so I thought I’d share some of that with you. Some of it’s really motivating and some of it’s just distracting because sometimes I have the attention span of an 8 year old boy and need to be entertained.

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Enjoy! I’ll be back later with a recap of the race.