Free shopping in unexpected places…

I was sitting at my laptop today watching the headlines go by on the Alexa toolbar, one of the headlines was about the increasing US obesity epidemic, which got me thinking about my own weight and a whole bunch of other things.

I’ve alluded to my weight issues before, hey what else is new? Honestly, I’ve always been slender, never too big or very skinny. Always healthy. My weight has generally fluctuated 2-4kg, generally moreso in the winter… and I’ve always complained about certain areas on my body that could use some toning or weight-loss, or weight gain. Pretty typical woman stuff.

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I’ve been following Travis Pizel on twitter, he’s on a journey to make his Wii stop calling him fat… I’m also following along with Blonde on a Diet (a spin-off blog from Blonde on a Budget) who  is sharing her own journey and after doing some thinking about all the above I felt I should share my story which is as much related to money as it is to weight.

In the fall of 2008 I bought my house and in 2009 went broke, got very very stressed  and my weight BALLOONED. Like, I went from a BMI of roundabout 22 to a BMI that pushed just to 30. WTF?! That means that for a very short period of time I was OBESE putting me right with all those people included in that obesity-epidemic-statistic. Did you know how easy it is to gain 30 pounds and get that label? No wonder we’ve got an obesity epidemic going on…. It’s not hard to get fat, let me tell you that!

I was miserable, it was horrible. I was broke – Actually I’m still broke but I’m handling my finances much better now 😉 – AND I hated myself. In the words of the uberfamous blogger; It sucked and then I cried.

A peek into my closet, huhu

In summer 2009 I finally started to work on my money and my weight. It seemed that as I got a grip back on one area of my life… the rest followed. I managed to lose a little bit of weight and started being more active and eating better. Stress started to go away. In February 2010 I re-discovered my love for swimming and during the summer I started blogging and making real progress financially too. Shit started coming together and I got rid of that awful chub pretty fast:

Over the past year and a half I’ve lost 30 pounds, about 20ish last year and then 10 this year including 4 in Serendipity’s challenge earlier this year and with only 10ish left to lose now I’m on the homestretch! (I’m considering doing a blog-fitness-challenge of some sort over the next few weeks, anyone interested?) Clothing wise though, things have been… uh interesting these past two years. I’m sure you can imagine what gaining and losing 30 in such a short time does to your wardrobe? It was one BIG mess but buying new stuff costs money and I’m on a budget.

I purged a lot and I went shopping the sales last weekend with some of my girlfriends and bought new business attire, then last Friday I decided to open up the box of ‘too small’ on the bottom of my closet and rediscovered all the stuff I deemed worth saving 1.5-2 years ago. I pulled out a pair of shorts, one pair of capris, one top, one tshirt and one nice pair of brand-name jeans.. in near new condition, they all fit once again. Woohoo! I now have a whole new wardrobe for the price of… half of one  I guess!

The point of this whole post? Well, aside from the obvious lesson; keep your weight under control and your finances too. Sometimes you find things you already had and they are like new to you, sometimes it’s best to shop at home… for free.

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17 Comments

  1. That’s quite the story – I have always been slender as well, but was pushing the obese label for a while. I was just 4 lbs shy of being obese, but it was because i’d been spending 2 hours in the gym 6 days a week.
    Unfortunately, BMI is a number, and doesnt take into account extraneous circumstances. Great job losing weight and working to get your finances in shape.

  2. I gained a lot of weight after high school and then stayed the same weight for probably 6 years before gaining some more last winter when I was going through a hard time. I had a huge stash of “skinny clothes” I let myself keep in hopes that one day I would fit in them again but slowly started giving them away ( mainly when I was decluttering). I am so not gonna lie though, I still have a couple of items that I kept in hopes one day I can fit back into them. Good job to you and congrats for making the slim down happen!

  3. Congrats on being able to use your old clothes!
    Blogging has really helped me reach a lot of my goals too. Sometimes just writing things down and being more *concious* of your life can help you get a handle on things. Way to make it through some bad times (and hopefully into some good times soon!)

  4. So many personal finance bloggers deal with weight issues as well…

    • Interesting isn’t it, BUT we are doing something about it, there’s a reason we’re here right?

  5. The hidden treasures at home. Sometimes it is always to check back at your storage to see if there is something that may be useful again. In your case, it is the old clothing.

  6. Sounds like you had some ups and downs, but are now back on the up side of things! And it’s great that you were able to shop your old boxes to put those practically-new clothes to use again.

  7. Thanks for mentioning my quest! I’m going to make that wii Fit shut up if it’s the last thing I do. 🙂 BTW, keep following, I’m driving towards a milestone on my question on 8/1. I’d also be interested in hearing more about you challenge idea…

    It’s astounding the parallels between weight loss and personal finances. The stress of being so much in debt caused my self-esteem to drop through the floor, which led to eating, and I packed on the pounds. Now that I an getting my finances back in order, it’s not surprising that I’m getting my fitness on.

    Congratulations on “finding” your new wardrobe, and for getting your finances back on track as well!

    • NP, I plan on posting tmm about my fitness challenge! – and thanks 🙂 good luck to you as well! Actually I don’t thinkyou need it you seem to be kicking butt just fine… haha

  8. I’ve gained probably around 20 pounds just this year. I was in okay shape before.. not horrible, not great. I always worked out so I was always toned, but never skinny. I used to be average and I thought I was huge. Now my Wii tells me I’m overweight too! I haven’t checked it yet, but I think I may have tipped over into the “obese” side of things.

    I never thought I would let myself get like this. I’m horrified every time I try to fit into clothes I sported just 10 months ago. But I can’t seem to find my motivation for finances or appearance lately.

    I need to loose this weight. I don’t want to be like this at all. I just need to find my motivation to do it.

    So good for you. I admire you for loosing the weight you gained and keeping up with your finances too. It’s not hard to loose your way..

    • nope, it’s awfully easy to get lost, if you want you could join up with my fitness challenge? (I’m posting more on it tmm) worst that could happen is that you stay the same! + support ALWAYS helps!

  9. If you start a bloggy fitness challenge, I’ll be interested.

  10. Congratulations on losing that weight. Good luck as you get rid of that last 10 pounds. I hit my limit earlier this year and have dropped about 13 pounds since February. I am looking to drop another 5 in the next few months but am finding it a little difficult lately. I just have to focus a little bit more.

  11. Congrats on all of your weightloss. This is awesome. I too have lost a bunch of weight the last couple years- 25 lbs or so. I feel much better and am much better. One thing that I have found works really well at maintaining weight loss is eating as much raw food as possible. When you’re hungry have some raw nuts, fruit, or fresh veggies. They give you a ton of energy and really aren’t expensive to buy.

    • Agreed! And you feel so good… not down in the dumps like you do after a big fatty meal. Congrats on your weightloss (y)

      @60kproject; thanks!

  12. It’s amazing how much finances and fitness go hand in hand. I have seen so many bloggers tackling one and then the other. It’s like one gives you the momentum and confidence to tackle the other. Congrats!

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