One of my New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight - for my heath and my upcoming wedding. After several failed attempts to go it alone, I finally admitted to myself that I need help if I’m going to drop 60 pounds before my October nuptials.
Last fall I began researching my options: I considered the usual suspects (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, hiring a personal trainer, etc.). In the end, I chose a local martial arts gym that offers a 10-week program that combines alternating days of cardio kick-boxing and resistance training with a low-carb, high protein diet. I work with a coach and a team of nine others - my teammates have become valuable resources - they provide my motivation and are my sounding board.
After just two weeks, I can already see results - I have lost 5 pounds, have more energy, and am sleeping better. I love the accountability that comes from being part of a team, and I actually look forward to my workout every day.
The only downside of this program so far - it doesn’t come cheap. I spent $359 of my Christmas money for the 10 weeks, which works out to about $6 a class. When I think about it that way, it doesn’t seem so pricy - that’s cheaper than a day of Jenny Craig meals, but still - that’s $360 I could have put towards my outstanding credit card balance.
Once my 10 weeks is up, I will have to make a choice - continue with the classes or do it on my own. I am already dreading the decision. Do I go the frugal route and try to do it on my own with the equipment I already have (my bicycle and a few free weights), or do I continue with the kick-boxing program? Maybe I should try something new - like yoga (which runs $15 per class in the city where I live) or join a gym and take spinning classes. I wish I enjoyed running - that’s something you can do for just the cost of shoes, but I have weak ankles and every time I have tried to take up jogging (something I seem to attempt about once a year) it ends in shin splints or a turned ankle - so I’ve finally given up on becoming a runner.
I have been struggling to determine what, in dollars and cents, looking and feeling good is worth. Clearly, losing weight now and keeping it off will decrease my chances of having heart disease and diabetes (two concerns my doctor mentioned at my last physical). If I have found a regimen that works for me, do I stick with it regardless of the financial costs? The long term CBA (cost-benefit analysis) would surely point to sticking with whatever keeps me moving - but I’m trying to pay off debt here!
So here are some questions for readers:
Can you put a price on wellness?
What has worked for you?
Is fitness something that everyone just works into their budget?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.Stumble it!