Is Being Healthy a Luxury?
My name is Ashley, and I live a half priced life. I live this type of life to survive, to feed my family, to save money for things I could otherwise not afford like unexpected car repairs or an emergency trip to the dentist. Sometimes I wish I had a "lavish life"-one where I wouldn't have to worry so much about my household budget, or how high the heating bill will be for a particular month. I do my absolute best in life in every aspect of my personal existence, but no matter how hard I try- I struggle with being healthy.
You see, sometimes I feel like "being healthy" is a luxury
In the modern world, women are not only the primary caretakers of their family; they are also contributors to the female workforce. Women face quite the conundrum when it comes to taking care of themselves. At the end of workday, after homework, dinner, bath time, and bed time- who the heck wants to exercise? Also, who wants to wake up at 4am before the kids to fit exercise in?
Humans aren't rabbits, so why eat bowls full of salad day in and day out? Personally, I need variety and depth in my food. I need two bites of a brownie (if not three) to satisfy a chocolate craving, and gosh darn-it sometimes I need an ice cream sundae! Yet, I always feel guilty when I steal a naughty nibble because I know I'm not going to get the extra exercise I need to burn those additional calories.
Woman-guilt, it's a *bleep*!
So, what happens if you can't afford a membership to the gym, or a sitter to watch your kids while you go to the gym, or even someone to help with the kids so you can exercise at home or go out for a run? What happens if you don't have the money to purchase healthy foods all the time? What happens if you can't make the time, or find the time to exercise because your schedule is so busy with work and family that you can't even see straight at the end of the day? What happens if you don't have a family to care for, but work 6-7 days a week to survive, allowing you little time to pay attention to your own needs?
Being healthy becomes a luxury. I would love someone to prove me wrong on my theory, or at least give me magical
powers that will allow me to wake up at 4am without feeling psychotic. If you could also throw in a mute button for my extremely loud and co-dependent cat, who yowls at me, at the top of her lungs, waking up my kids the minute my feet
hit the floor- well that would be awesome too! Seriously though, this post is meant to generate response- whether you agree or disagree with my theory.
I want to know
Do you feel the same way I do? Or, do you have tips to share with readers who feel this way? Share with me the good and bad, the thoughtful and helpful, your opinions and point of views-on my site The Savings Momma
Please, don't misunderstand- I do exercise and I do eat as healthy as possible. I was just one of those people not blessed with amazing genetics, and for me- being healthy and staying healthy is an everyday struggle. I assure you, I do not sit on my duff, eating from my couponing stockpile, drooling on my couch. Promise ;)
I totally understand this whole post. There are just not enough hours in the day. Even if I run around with my son and stay active, there still is never enough time in the day. I wrote a post about time a while back (http://www.capecodmommies.com/1/post/2011/09/is-the-future-we-are-building-worth-the-sacrifices-we-are-making-now.html) and the reality is that you have to prioritize what is important to YOU. Obviously staying healthy for the kids is important, but this just sometimes happens to come lower on the priority list then spending time with the family, working, etc. And sometimes we also can't fight genetics. Some people are blest with faster metabolism, lower cholesterol, smaller body frames, etc. So we do the best we can and yea we indulge ourselves and we should do so without guilt because honestly we deserve it. ;)
8/14/2012 12:17:28 am
Health is wealth and that is the true saying.I think this blog is a related to that only.Thanks a lot for the blog post.
We are never going to get a longer day, so we need to use the hours we have responsibly and not waste them doing things that are not important to US. It's tough for everyone to find balance in their lives - regardless if they have or do not have children, a spouse, a job, a dog, etc.
5/22/2012 07:32:06 am
Good point Emily! We like your tips on little things you can do as part of the lifestyle of staying healthy!
5/18/2012 03:44:23 pm
I agree completely that being healthy is a luxury. For many working moms, and I include myself here, it is nearly impossible to prioritize exercise. It requires a tremendous amount of support from family members. My solution this year has been to sign up for group exercise sessions AND pay for them ahead of time. A missed session can't be made up, so there's money on the line. Spending money on exercise is the only way I have made it happen for myself.
5/22/2012 07:33:25 am
Prepaying for a class is one of the tricks I use as well! I know if I have already paid it then I have to go. We would love to see some more Mommy & Me exercise classes across the Cape though.
5/25/2012 02:35:00 am
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