If You Can Afford To Get Fat, You Can Afford To Get Fit
- Possible Pat
- July 25, 2018
I am always hearing people complain that it is too expensive to eat healthy, or they don’t have the money to get fit. But you know what? If you have the money to get fat, you have the money to get healthy. Period.
It is time to elevate yourself. Stop holding yourself back. No more excuses.
The truth is when I started my journey I had very little. I was struggling financially, and I thought that eating healthy was going to cost me more. In fact, I used it as an excuse for longer than I would like to admit.
There was a point, at the very beginning of my journey, I didn’t have any money. I was making eight dollars an hour. I left the tour that I was working on and got burned for thousands of dollars by the artist I was working with. I lost everything. I lost my car, my house… everything. Any money I had left had to go to getting myself a new place to live and the other necessities that come with life.
I also had kids at the time, so I ended up having to do things that I didn’t want to do just to be able to make ends meet. At the time I was living on food stamps and facing an uncertain future after being told by a doctor that I may not live much longer due to my weight.
But you know what? At the end of the day, I was still able to better myself and pick myself up. I made it work. I made it work for my health; so that I could be around for my family. I made it through and learned a few tricks to shopping on a budget along the way. Click here to find out my 7 tips for eating healthy on a budget.
If You Want It, Do It
I know when people see me online, they automatically think that I have it all together. I know because people have told me this. They tell me that it is easy for me because I had success, or that I don’t understand where they are coming from; I lost a bunch of weight, I look good, I feel good, and they assume I’ve got it made because I have people who sponsor me, but it wasn’t always like this. This wasn’t my beginning, and no matter where you are at in life, you have no excuse for not going after the things you want.
I began at the bottom, but I didn’t let it stop me from going after the things I wanted. Ten years ago, not only did I weight over 600 pounds, but I came from a background that I didn’t know I could rise out of. I lived in the projects, and I got locked up for doing things I am not proud of. This wasn’t how I wanted to live my life. It’s not what I wanted for my family or me.
So, I stopped complaining, and I went after the things I wanted. I worked on becoming the person I wanted to be, instead of being the version of me I had been. In fact, I used to make notes and hang them around my house, reminding me of who I wanted to be and not to be the person I once was.
Now, every day when I wake up, no matter how well I did the day before, I tell myself to be better than I was yesterday. Every day is an opportunity to improve yourself.
If you’re struggling, I get it. I’ve been there, and it is hard, but you can’t let your life and the struggles you are facing hold you back. You have to pick yourself up and better yourself, and the first step is to change your mindset.
Before you can make anything else work, you have to make your mind work for you. You can’t let yourself continue to make excuses for why you fail to lose the weight. If you try and fail, try again. Don’t blame it on your situation.
Figure out the reason you want to lose weight and use it as your motivation. If you’ve been following me, you’ve most likely heard me talk about my ‘why’; my reason for wanting to lose the weight and keep it off. For me, I realized that my weight was killing me and if I continued on the journey I was on, I wasn’t going to be around for very long for my kids, and this was confirmed by my doctor.
When I started my journey, I didn’t know much about nutrition or fitness. It was all new to me. Before I began to eat healthy, I lived off of the drive-through, pizza, and processed foods. I didn’t know where to begin, but I knew that I needed to start to eat real, whole foods. And as I learned, eating healthy could be cheaper than eating off the dollar menu!
I also didn’t have any money, and I knew I couldn’t afford to shop at Whole Foods or any specialty health food store. I also knew I needed to exercise, but didn’t know how as my mobility was limited.
So what did I do?
I walked, every day, to Walmart to buy food. This served as my exercise. Yes, walking is simple, but for me, it was the most intense form of exercise I could do.
Next, I bought the foods that I could. I knew I needed to eat whole foods and not anything processed, so I made sure that what I bought didn’t come in a box. This did not mean that I shelled out extra money for the “diet” foods and foods that promised to be “low fat.” These types of foods were costly and not the most efficient way for me to lose weight.
Instead, I stuck to vegetables in the produce aisle and fresh protein (beef, turkey, fish, and chicken). Soon, I began to lose the weight, and I continued to educate myself on nutrition. I also continued to walk every day to get the meals that I would eat; no excuses.
How to Get Started
When you are trying to make changes in your life, and especially when you are trying to lose weight, you have to first figure out your mindset.
So how do you get started?
Getting started on a journey and figuring out your mindset is a hard thing to do. Once you figure out your mindset, you need to make a commitment to yourself. Commit that you are going to better yourself and you will lose the weight once and for all, no matter what. Don’t let excuses stand in your way. Don’t let the lack of money stand in your way.
Processed food may seem like the cheaper option, but when you break it down to a true cost per meal, eating healthy is just as cheap, if not cheaper.
As you start your journey, make a commitment to yourself, but also make commitments to the people in your life; the people who care about you. When you also commit to others, you are more likely to stick that commitment because you won’t want to let them down. Use these people as your support system on your journey.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.