Hmmm, you might be thinking. What does weight loss have to do with a bank account? A better way to say this is a healthy weight is the same as a healthy bank account. OK. I hope that I have you wondering. That  is great!

At the start of this blog challenge, I updated you my readers about me. You know of some of the stress (life challenges) I am facing. It may be very similar you your life situation. You may have some health issues on top of everything. If that is so, I applaud you in your effort to gain your health back and through diet as one of your approaches.

Well, what does a bank account have to do with this topic. In the last 2 weeks I have over drafted my checking account 3 times. This is very embarrassing to admit as I never overdraft my accounts. The good news is I have overdraft protection. The bank automatically transfers money from my savings account for the fee of $5.oo each time.

I don’t like this situation. I have to put my sleuth cap on and figure out what changed.

Bank accounts work on the “balance sheet”. Income needs to meet or hopefully exceed out flow. Last year my income was greater than my out flow. I have money in checking an savings. I also worked many extra hours over my regular part time job. This spring, work has cut every one’s hours to the hours for which they were hired. If you add an extra day or 2 of work per pay period, that is significant. And you get used to it. If you take those extra work days away, and you don’t adjust the spending, you will eat through your savings account. (Did you like that word “eat”?!)

Diet is also about a balance sheet. Weight is based on calories in verse calories out. If we are eating a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight then calories in equal calories out. If you are over weight, your calories in equal calories out. It is just at a higher level and you are heavy.  If you want to lose weight you have to take in less calories and expend more calories.

So put you sleuth cap on. If you are gaining weight, what have you been doing differently? Have you let that occasional latte become a regular indulgence? Have you stopped or cut back on exercising? Are you approaching or in menopause? Have you been heavy for a long time? What are your meal and snack choices? What are your portion sizes?

Figure out what you are currently doing. If you cut back by 100 calories per day, and keep your same activity, you could lose 10 pounds in a year. You could exercise more and keep the same food intake and accomplish the same thing. You could do both. That could equate to 20 pound loss in a year.

For my bank account, I need to tweak my expenditures. They need to be less than my income. If I can save $100 more per month than the expenses, in a year I will have $1200 in my savings account.

This is about being accountable for our lives.

Did you know that portion sizes are much larger that 30 years ago? Bet you didn’t. Grab your free report on 5 Success tips to Dieting here. In there is a comparison chart of portions in 1980 and today and the exercise required to make up the difference.

Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on healthy weight loss and other health issues facing Baby Boomer Women.

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