The name of the blog much like most of my posts here are Finance and Fitness Dreams, I think there are so many different correlations to each other, that it deserved a special post to compare a little. I will be the first to tell you I struggle with both Finance and Fitness, I'm not 600 lbs or filing bankruptcy, but I struggle to not eat an entire bag of chocolate covered pretzels or rack up credit card debt and I think these are highly correlated.
Let's start with a couple things that always pop up when talking about Fitness or Finance. He's born with great genetics, that's why he has a 6 pack or the finance equivalent they were born into that money, these are the same thing just different worlds. The real question is ok that's true you don't have great genetics, your family didn't hand you a trust fund on your 18th birthday, so WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
There are so many cases of people getting in better shape and increasing there net worth, so I believe these go hand in hand, here's a couple that Finance and Fitness terms that do that:
Money/Job=Healthy Food You Eat
Credit Cards=Junk Food or Carbs
Good Debt=100 Calorie Snack Packs
Retiring Early=Crossfit or Explosive Movement Exercise
Side Income=Going for that Extra Gym Session Saturday Morning
Investing in Index Funds=Walking
I'm sure there is 100's more, this was my brainstorm of Finance=Fitness, maybe you can come up with your own and we can get a huge list going or at least bigger list!
So many things have gone the other direction for Finance and Fitness in America and even all over the world, being in debt and overweight is the new "normal" What are you doing to break out from this, I mean what am I doing? I'm on a budget, I walk every day, I stay away from Credit Cards, I keep to a Paleo or Paleo Lite eating pattern, I practice what I preach. Do I fail? Every day, but if you move on from that daily failure, you can make the next day a success. I ate chocolate covered pretzels yesterday(a lot of them), does that mean I'm ditching my Paleo Lite(90% Paleo, 10% Organic/Gluten Free), h-e-l-l no(said with attitude, neck cocked, possible finger wave), it means I'm going to do my best possible to eat right today and just as important as that is what went wrong yesterday so I can fix this. Because you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results. I know that yesterday my breakfast was very light, so I had a snack early, which left my lunch very small. That means today a couple things are changing, I went with a heavier lunch, of more meats and vegetables, not just the small sandwich I ate yesterday. I will not be going to CVS/Walgreen's to pick up some more junk snacks. Is there other solutions, h-e-l-l YES(just shouting this time), I could have not waited till my 3rd alarm and then slept 20 extra minutes and ate a real breakfast, eggs and bacon. Today was not that day, so we moved to another option, I was prepared in some way.
Be prepared. if it's one thing that's important about Finance and Fitness it's being prepared, if you are not prepared to make a major purchase you might resort to using a credit card or not have a good lunch and your eating chocolate pretzels and looking like this guy.
I mean if you really think about Jared could be the spokes model, yeah Jared's a model for Finance and Fitness. What this guy do he got in shape, ate right to lose weight, does some exercise and boom has a net worth of 15mm(here's an article that says so http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/jared-subway-guy-marks-15-years-turkey-subs-article-1.1365511). I of course prefer David Beckham and Warren Buffett(Mark Cuban rejected my offer, just kidding sorda).
I am also a big believer in "Laser Focus" If you want to do anything to the best of your ability, you need to dedicate 100% of your energy if not you will not get the best possible results. A simple way to think about this is try eating a healthy snack while doing a bench press, pretty tough to lift those 200lbs when you have an apple in your mouth. I know that sounds a little ridiculous, but so is expecting the best results without dedicating yourself. In previous posts I have mentioned that I Sprint and Relax, because otherwise I end up cheating a little on both. For me I have 2 focuses currently and that's why I believe I ate a bag of chocolate pretzels yesterday, I wasn't laser focus on my fitness goals. I have went from my Paleo challenge all the way down to Paleo Lite, I still have the ultimate goal of losing 14.8 lbs(down 2.2 lbs), but I'm not going to get there unless I change my habits Now. I listen to a Dave Ramsey podcast every morning, as a friend from work says, he reminds you to save every day and I let him know yep I need that reminder. It's the same for Paleo and Fitness, apparently I need an every day reminder.
Yes Finance does equal Fitness, neither one is easy, neither one is difficult on a numbers level spend less than you earn and eat less than you burn, seems simple enough. It's not otherwise everyone would be wearing one of these shirts(abs in cutoff shirt and sweater tied over your shirt equals rich in my crazy mind). So I guess what I'm saying is when I've made it to where I want to be I'll be wearing a cutoff belly shirt with a sweater tied over my shoulders............I can dream, Finance and Fitness Dreams.