Diary of a Newbie - Entry 7

Making a life change is really hard.

This is the story of someone looking to start getting healthier and live longer. “Frank” is a pseudonym, and he doesn’t like the internet, or writing, or even talking about himself, but this is his story, through his eyes.

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OK, so last time I said I’d break down what we’re paying at CrossFit 43 North. My wife is really good at budgeting and numbers.

My coworkers were kinda giving me a hard time about the monthly rates last week, but I had a feeling we were actually a bit ahead. So here are the numbers. But first, my wife is going to change from group training to personal training until this busy time is over. She’s a stress eater (we both are) and her schedule is rough for the next couple months, so she’s going with a more flexible and private program while I stick with my 5:30 pm group. There are several personal training packages to choose from and paired with "open gym" she can get all her workouts in on a schedule that works for her.

So here’s the breakdown:

Me: $120 per month (I go to group CrossFit classes 3 days a week.)

Her: $240 per month starting next month (4 personal training sessions and access to open gym to get the rest of her workouts done.)

That’s the up-front. Sounds high compared to the gym that I started with. BUT she calculated the money we’re actually saving.

First, she’s not buying those shakes anymore. That’s $99 per month right there. I don’t think they were working anymore anyway.

Second, I can’t believe the CRAP I used to spend money on. I was going for a donut on Saturdays with the boys, but really it was a pastry almost every day. I’d grab a pecan roll with my coffee in the morning. So that’s over $40 per month. I don’t want to sound like a food nazi, but eating that sugar in the morning just made me feel like crap in the afternoon. I didn’t realize it until now. So usually I’d grab a donut off the tray in the break room for energy. Now I don’t even want to.

We also cut out the “junk budget”–all the loose change in our pockets got put in a drawer at the end of the day, and every week we’d spend it on chips and stuff. I’m still having some chips on occasion, but we don’t have a cupboard full of cookies and stuff anymore. It’s just not in the house. If the kids want something, I tell them to go out and get it. So we figured out that’s another 20 bucks per week ($80 per month.) My membership’s almost paid for already. Imagine if we smoked!

We were also eating out several times a week. This is the first time we added all that up. It’s over $200 per month, and we definitely don’t miss that stuff now. You don’t really know that you don’t feel good until you DO feel good; now we don’t want to feel like garbage anymore. That’s seriously how I feel after eating pizza. I handle gluten just fine and stuff, but all the carbs made me want to sleep.

The big expense, really, is coming from buying clothes and going on dates. Someone else can tell my wife that all that stuff is too expensive because there’s no way I’m going to.