September 26, 2016 I walked into the grocery store with a list of only the necessities for my meal plan that week. I walked around the store and gathered everything in my cart that I needed and started toward the checkout. There was an overwhelming feeling I got in my stomach, it had been happening frequently. Almost like a nauseous knot in my stomach, I'm sure you've felt it before. I've never gone through a check out knowing that I didn't have the money to pay for what I was putting on the conveyor belt. That day, I knew what that felt like.
I had been the typical "broke college student" for 5 years, but I always made it work. Through school I was often working 40+ hours per week to pay for rent and groceries, who knows what my GPA would have looked like if I committed to school full time, but I don't regret having the ability to be independent. I took out student loans for tuition and books. Somehow, I always made it by financially.
I completed my in class credits in May, and moved to Texas. I had very little money saved, I had packed my Honda full of all my belongings and started a 40 hour per week, unpaid 360 hour inernship...
I graduated officially after my internship August 5th.. The day the real world started.. Adulting.
I jumped right into my online health and fitness business full time as I didn't foresee myself working in a gym and my budget couldn't afford to move to Africa and live with the orphan's quite yet..
As anyone could probably imagine, running your own business isn't easy off the bat and the income isn't exactly steady, although money was coming in it wasn't something I could live off quite yet without another form of income. The first month or so of being full time I was depending on my credit cards, and to keep this story short, I'm now seeing the downfall of that, although I didn't have a choice.
The point of this is to share that the stress of financial instability happens to us all and it is a stresser like none other. Whether you're single, married, or single with kids it's the same burden. We all have that same brick on our chest or load on our shoulders to worry about. And unfortunately, all economic classes have the same burden as we have different lifestyles we're trying to afford and keep up with.
So as a public health and fitness enthusiast I thought it was important to share that I am living a healthy and active lifestyle on a budget!
Healthy eating isn't actually expensive. I once went through a checkout line with about the same amount of food as the person in front of me. Their cart consisted of beef, cheetos, coke, and other unhealthy options. Although we had around the same number of items, my basket of nutritious options was actually $23.50 less then hers. It's a huge misconception that it's expensive to buy healthy food. It doesn't have to be organic to be healthy for you. The frozen bags of veggies are $1.50 tops and theirs 2-3 servings in a bag...a head of lettuce is like .50 for heaven sake.
I know many of you are shopping for a full family, but I hope you understand buying the extra snacks and goodies for your kids actually makes the bill higher and.. Well, why would you feed your kids something you wouldn't eat when you're trying to improve your own health?
If you're on a budget and you've created this barrier in front of you that isn't allowing you to reach your health and fitness goals because you're broke, I challenge you to try this for one week. Go to the grocery store with the same budget as your typical grocery trip in mind. I guarantee you'll be surprised at the price of your healthy cart.
I obviously didn't have any extra room in my broke budget for a gym membership, supplements or at home equipment. What I could have done is let my body go and eat crap foods... Because that's what most broke people do right? It's cheaper right?
I was getting all the food on my healthy meal plan for $40 per week.
I was doing at home exercises that cost me a one time payment of $140. After 3 months, I was saving $30-40 a month by not having a gym membership and around $15-20 on gas to get there. Not only that, but I was getting better results at home then I was at the gym.
Healthy eating and exercise isn't just for people who can afford it, there are ways around monthly fees and better options than cheap quick fixes.
I'm excited to report that my business is brining in a consistent amount each week and I'm able to start paying off my credit cards as well as my student loans. I credit this to saving a ton of money by eating healthy and working out from home, as well as sharing that health and fitness journey to help those of you going through the same thing.
I am now on the incline to a life of financial freedom, living by my design and being healthy while doing it!
If anyone else is looking for an at home program and affordable meal plans, I'm your girl! Let's get you set up with a program that is suitable to your fitness goals and your favorite form of exercise. I'll help you create a plan that fits your budget and ultimatly get you the resutls you want while saving you money!
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