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OK, this isn’t exactly one of the things I love about being married but please humor me. Frugality is certainly connected to my marriage in that I am a steward of the resources for my family. In addition, staying fit and healthy is also essential to and good for my marriage. So it’s but a hop, skip and a jump to using frugality to maintain my weight. See? I’m not so crazy after all.
My weight has yo-yoed quite a few times in my life. This goes way back to when I was in my teens. Granted, they were small yo-yos back then – up and down 5 pounds. Thanks to the grapefruit diet, the lollipop diet and all the other crazy diets I did in the late 70s, I’d lose and t hen go back to my eating ways. My more recent yo-yos have been more significant – 25 pounds. My weight will go up and I’ll bring it down. It goes up again and I bring it down again. Unfortunately, I have wasted lots of money on clothes because when I get to a new weight, I’m so sure that I’ll stay there forever, that I get rid of all my clothes! I’ve had enough of it. I am going to try to use frugality to keep me at my current weight. If I start to gain weight, I will make myself lose it. I know how – I’ve done it many times. Gaining and losing weight is not a reason anymore to waste money on a wardrobe. Besides, it is much healthier for me to stay at one sensible weight. Maintenance is the thing I’ve needed to learn. I just read a book called “Is she naturally thin or disciplined” and it shares that women who stay thin constantly watch their size and/or weight and if they gain a couple of pounds they lose it right away before it becomes a problem. I believe this is the key to maintenance: awareness, vigilance and discipline.
Please wish me luck. Have you ever had such a problem?