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Notes from April

August 9, 2009

Investing in your health!

Investing in your health in “squishy” economic times

Amy wrote to me about the WoW! Boot Camp session coming up in September. 

She said:  “The company where I work is streamlining staff. I’m worried. When things like this happen, I tend to eat more due to the stress I feel. I think I’ll retain my job but you never know. Some of my friends may be “streamlined.” I feel their stress too.

“I have heard about your Boot Camp and would love to come to the next one [Aug 31 - Sept 25] but I worry I won’t get much out of it due to my high stress levels now. And what if I do lose my job and I’ve spent the money on WoW?”

I said: I appreciate your email very much. Our minds have a way of easily seeing the roadblocks in our path, instead of the opportunities. If you want to lose weight, feel better about yourself, and design a more satisfying life for yourself, it’s time to look for possibilities and opportunities.

There are no assurances in life. You might lose your job. You might not. But, if you take action on your eating behavior, you’ll win no matter what happens. Getting in touch with some of the “beliefs” you have in place in your life, which apparently includes the belief that “stress = eating”, will help you make positive change that will affect every area of your life.

It will empower you to make better decisions for yourself. If you lose your job, you’ll be in a better position to deal with it positively and you’ll attract a new job that fits your new beliefs and is healthier for you. If you remain at your current job, you’ll learn to work through stressful times without putting on pounds. No matter what, you’ll feel better about yourself, and you’ll pay a small price for it, considering the low cost of boot camp.

In general, think of your purchases in terms of spending v. investing. If you spend money on a new blouse, when you already have perfectly good blouses, the money is gone. When you invest in your own health, growth or learning, your money pays off many times, like interest on a savings account.

I hope you decide to join us in Sept!


Danielle (YMCA Boot Camper) responded:
Sounds like Amy needs some encouragement. Please feel free to pass this to her.

 I firmly believe there is no price tag on your health and well being. This is coming from a penny pincher herself. I never thought I could afford bootcamp or that I should spend the money on myself rather than my family. (husband and 2 kids) I felt selfish. Little did I know they would reep the benefits of my “new self” Bootcamp has afforded me many things in my first 3 months. All of which have been worth every penny! Not only am I healthier physically but mentally as well.  I am energized and excited!

I want Amy to know she would become a part of a support system for a healthy lifestyle. Everyone is so positive and encouraging.  Exercise is exactly what she needs in this time of stress and I think she would feel so much better. I know it is an expense, as I’ve made a 6 month commitment. But guess what… I’ve already started putting a little money away each paycheck for the next 6 months! I hope you can make it next month, but if not, start putting a little money away (don’t eat out on a few occasions and save) then catch up with us as soon as you can.

Hope to meet you soon.


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