But that's not what this blog is about. This blog is about weight loss.......and what struck me most in terms of weight loss today was finding a report that I wrote for a Healthy Lifestyles class that was mandatory at the college I attended. The assignment was "If you were given 1000 dollars, how would you use that money to live a healthy lifestyle...what would you buy." I made a mockery of the project. I got an "A" but looking back it is very clear how I managed to let my weight get up to 300 plus pounds. The paper is an amusing read (at least to me)...but as a 40 year old (hey, I'm still 40 for another month) I wish the 20 year old MaryFran would have taken the lessons that the class was trying to teach to heart. Oh well...better late than never!
The assignment...retyped for posterity sake......(the prices in this article were gleaned from stores and catalogs and were actually valid prices at that time..., I even included pictures of the pages that showed pictures of my selections!!!)
My very first purchase with my one thousand dollars was new roller blades which were $175. I was safety conscious and bought the helmet for $30 and the accessory package , which included knee and elbow guards for $49. I made a a detour at the clothes store on the way home to purchase a new outfit for my rollerblading excursion...the new outfit cost me $78.50.
The roller blading started off well enough. I left my house and started skating down the road. Unfortunately, I didn't see the 'harmless' pebble. Somehow, those little wheels got jammed (that's what will happen when you get a stone stuck in the bearings). I flew head over heels, landing on my face in a mud puddle. The pain was incredible! I had broken my nose!
I decided, while my nose was recovering that I wasn't overly fond of rollerblading. So I moved on to a new activity.
Don't you think kayaking sounds fun? That's what I thought as I walked out of the kayak store with my new purchases in tow. A $349 kayak with a $35 paddle. (Now, was all know that you can't buy a kayak without buying a paddle.) The tee shirt and shorts, bought for the express purpose of kayaking cost the low budgeted price of $35. (Kmart blue light special!) I also bought this nifty waterproof seal pack for $26. I thought it would be nice to carry things in...things like my first aid kit.
I was way cool as I calmly enjoyed the feel and sounds of the river. When suddenly my kayak flipped over. Seeing as how my head was underwater, I couldn't read my beginners guide to kayaking, so of course I didn't know how to flip myself back up above the water. Tragedy! I started to pick up speed as I traveled down the river, upside down. I never even saw the under water tree trunk that I smashed my face into. You can probably guess my injury. Yup, I broke my nose....AGAIN!!!
More hospital bills, pain and emotional torment. I decided that kayaking might sound exotic, but not to me. (If the doctor that treated my injury had been cute, I may have decided to give kayaking another shot but....)
Looking at my budget. I discovered that I still had $219.50 remaining to spend on my health. (Luckily my insurance covered all of my hospital visits, so these bills did not go onto this budget. Otherwise I would have been way over budget.) Fearing for my life, I decided to find an 'easy sport'. Sunbathing was the "sport" that came to mind. I figured that the sun is good source of Vitamin D. I bought a chaise lounge for $78 and a new bathing suit for $48. I decided that it would be wise to protect my delicate skin from the harmful sun's rays with a $16.50 bottle of suntan lotion (with a high SPF of course). Now you wouldn't want me to protect my skin and not protect my hair, so I bought a $16 hat. I could just imagine myself juggling all of my paraphernalia as I made my way out to the beach, so I just had to buy a large, $31 bag....it was a must.
Theglare from the sun gan get pretty bad, so I bought a pair of sunglasses to help my eyes adjust to the brightness (and to protect them from teh UV rays). As I scoped out the men on the beach. And let me tell you. I was safe.....as I jumped out of my lounge chair and chased those men down the beach. I didn't fall! But.....I did trip one of the men, who unfortunately broke his nose.
The kayak and roller blades all sit lonely and dusty in my garage....maybe someday I'll be brave enough to try it all again.
Roller Blades 148
Accessory package 49
kayak paddle 35
seal pack 26
bathing suit 48
suntan lotion 16.75
large tote bag 31
I would like to thank LLBEAN for their help and for their willingness to provide pictures for the consumers.
So as you can see, I made a mockery of spending money for health. My spiral into obesity (although lets be honest....I wasn't exactly thin in college) shouldn't have been a shock!!!