Time for an Escapadian confession. We are now victims of the middle age weight creep! There. We said it. Now that we have shared this new reality with all of you, please allow me to explain how we arrived at this unfortunate conclusion.
A few days ago I was trying on last year’s summer clothing. Not a single piece of clothing fit. Not one, I tell you! I kept asking with each thing I tried on, “did I put this in the dryer?”. The stark reality is that with the exception of our undergarments, I never use the dryer. I’m too frugal to pull off a ridiculous stunt like that.
I knew I needed to get to the bottom of my newfound conundrum, so with much trepidation, I climbed onto our bathroom scale. It was a groundbreaking event because this was something I do maybe once every five years or so. It was such a rare occasion that I even considered having an unofficial ribbon cutting ceremony. But after a few seconds, there it was. It’s now official.
I had fallen victim to the middle age weight creep!
And creep upward it did! Way up. I now weigh the most I have ever weighed in my entire life. This explains why I couldn’t get my pant legs pushed past my knees. Or why every time I buttoned something, it would magically unbutton itself. It was a closet rebellion of epic proportions, I tell you!
mature adults do, I whined, moaned, and reprimanded myself.
How did I let this happen? Where did I go wrong? Was it my cooking? Why did I have to eat the entire bag of cheese doodles? Was it the holidays? One too many Christmas cookies, perhaps? Oh I know! Maybe the scale wasn’t properly calibrated!
A few minutes later I rounded up Mr. FE and made him get on the scale. Much to our dismay, he had gained some weight as well. Not as much as me, but he definitely gained some weight. We both decided on the spot that we needed to work on getting healthier, pronto.
The fact is there is no point in moving forward with our dream of achieving FIRE, if we don’t put ourselves first and make our health a priority.
If we don’t take our health seriously, then we run the risk of not being able to enjoy the benefits financial freedom has to offer us. For example, instead of spending our savings on world travel, pursuing random dreams, and a stress free life – it could all very well go up in smoke. Puff. Just like that. After all, who wants to spend their retirement not feeling well and being inundated with medical bills. Not us!
Therefore, we decided to do what we always do. Create a master plan. Details come later in the Escapadian household. So for now, here are a few small goals that will get us started on our journey to get our health back.
Our health goals –
- We need to move more – We get plenty of exercise on the weekends, but sadly, Monday through Friday we don’t get any. We will use our Fitbit’s to keep track of our daily activity and make sure that we are staying active throughout the week.
- We need to eat healthier – We are not the worst eaters when it comes to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but we do indulge in too many snacks. No more chips, pretzels, and cheese doodles (my weakness) for the foreseeable future.
- We need to focus on reducing our stress – We need to stop watching the news, yelling about the news, and stop worrying about the world as we know it. Stuff happens. Most of it will be out of our control. We must learn to take everything with a grain of salt.
Bottom line: We need to start taking our health seriously so we can fully enjoy the benefits of FIRE someday. We must move more, eat less, and reduce the stress in our lives. Just like FIRE, this journey to get and stay healthy will take motivation, determination, committment, and focus.