Sunday, March 7, 2010

My weight loss is like house flipping

I was thinking about it today and weight loss can be a lot like house flipping. You get this dilapidated property that has not been well cared for and try to turn it into something others would want (mainly you).

When you first get started you feel like you have no idea what you are doing, some may even tell you that you are in over your head. As the project goes on, you learn from your mistakes. You may start with a time line (I want to lose 100 pounds in a year) and a budget (so many calories per day, so much time spent exercising). And then life gets in the way.

It puts you over budget and throws your timeline out of whack. But you have to keep going because you cannot afford to carry that extra mortgage payment one more month.

In the end, all the upgrades are worth it. Jaws drop and people cannot believe what you have done with the property. It even gets them interested in flipping. And now they want to draw on all of your experience (and who can blame them, you have obviously learned a lot).

All I can say, is that for me, in the end, the net profit was WAY more than I expected it to be. The lost numbers, the clothing size, the ability to complete tough workouts, the sense of accomplishment and pride - it has been amazing. I hope you all feel this way or get to a point where you feel this way because it is worth the hard work and sacrifice and soon just becomes your way of life.

Okay, no recipe today as I have oodles of leftovers which I am fine with. It is a crappy rainy day and I still need to go to the gym and the store. I chose the gym first. We will see where the store falls. I will be posting again tomorrow or Tuesday so stay tuned....

12 comments:

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Great analogy!

I used to work on fixing up my home(s) - I've moved a lot - but I would use all of my time and energy on that.

Right now, I'm living in a rental, but I'm finally renovating myself...permanently!

Have fun at the gym!

Weight Watcher Wannabe said...

Hey there , just found your blog.. looking forward to reading it...

S. said...

That's a great analogy. It's especially relevant to me because although I've never flipped a house, I'm guessing that there are many, many points where the flippers want to throw in the towel and forget the whole thing. The end result of my weight loss is somewhat nebulous (having never lost the weight before) but thinking about the results of a flipped house is pretty concrete. I can work with that. :-)

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Very thought-provoking analogy.

It does take a lot of work and a lot of learning, but the net result can be very profitable indeed.

Weighting Around said...

It looks like you were very successful in flipping your property. You look terrific!

What a Splurge said...

I guess fat is like real estate ... location, location, location.

CJ said...

Thats a great analogy! Fun read too. I truly believe in what you said :) !

Chad said...

Nice analogy! Fits nicely with the title of blog actually, Reconstructing 30! Keep up the good work!

wildfluffysheep said...

I love this analogy.
You are so wise *sigh*

I need to go to the gym and the store. Thanks for reminding me.

*stays tuned*

Tricia said...

loved this!

Anonymous said...

Genial dispatch and this enter helped me alot in my college assignement. Gratefulness you on your information.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for my bad english. Thank you so much for your good post. Your post helped me in my college assignment, If you can provide me more details please email me.