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I Can’t Afford to Get Fit.

Health and fitness weren’t exactly on my dad’s radar.

My dad was the FUN parent.  We took more trips to 7-11 than I can remember.  Always the same.  He’d get his pack of cigarettes, and my brother and I would EACH get a king size candy bar.  The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were my favorite.  For snacks, my dad would give us a bowl of sugar and we’d cover our strawberries in pretty white powder.

My mom used to show me pictures of my parents’ early years of marriage and my dad had what looked like an average build, but I have no memories of him that way.  I have no memories of my dad at the gym or playing sports.  I have no recollection of “Pa” ever attempting any sort of diet.  My dad {whom I love dearly} has struggled with obesity for as long as I can remember.costtogetfit

As a child, I loved my 7-11 dad, but figuring out who would be my fathers caregiver at the age of 24 was anything but fun.  My dad was 64 when we checked him into an assisted living facility and that’s where he resides today.  Some of the few medical issues he deals with include but are not limited to: stage 3 kidney failure, COPD, high blood pressure and depression.  He’s had numerous heart attacks, which have resulted in a pacemaker, and walking from the parking lot into a store is a challenge for him.  I listen to his doctors collaborate in an attempt to figure out the proper dosage on his medications so that his kidney meds don’t interfere with his heart meds, and for the past ten years I’ve listened to my dad tell me how he believes he’s on borrowed time.

My husband and I spend more money than the average person on our groceries and gym membership, and when people ask me how we can afford it, I usually respond with… “We can’t afford not to.”  We believe that the funds we put toward QUALITY food and the gym will give us a good return on our investment.  I don’t want my kids to have to worry about who will take care of me when they’re just about to start up a family for themselves.  I want to have the energy and stamina to take my grand-kids to the park some day and maybe even challenge those grand-kids to a few rope climbs.

Here are a few tips for keeping the cost of health and fitness manageable…


1.  Buy in bulk.  We shop at Costco or Sam’s Club for most of our groceries.

2.  Bountiful Baskets is food co-op that makes getting great produce affordable.  The produce is usually seasonal and can come in a big variety.  Check out Bountiful Baskets for more information and to see if there is a pick up location in your area.

3.  Gym membership family add-on.  Most gyms offer some sort of discount if more than one family member joins.

4.  Use the resources available to you.  There are plenty of websites (like Stay Fit Mom), blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook groups that can get you started on free workouts from home!  Groupon is loaded with deals for fitness programs.

5.  Communicate your goals with your spouse and stick to a budget that allows you to invest in your health and fitness.  If that means you have to live without a $120.00 cable bill or one less shopping trip to the mall this month, then so be it.

Don’t let money be the limiting factor when determining if you’re ready to get fit.  You can choose to pay for your health and fitness up front now, or pay for it {and then some} through medical bills, doctor co-pays, and medications later.

If you liked this post, you might also like A Letter to the Girl That’s Shamed by the Scale.

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  • Reply Taeya ficklin January 22, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this personal story!

    • Reply Tracy January 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      You are SO welcome, Taeya! Thanks for reading. I was a little nervous to post this at first because it was so personal, but it really is something I’m passionate about and has majorly impacted the lifestyle choices I make now.

  • Reply Jenny January 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Your words are heart felt and so true. It’s great that you can see all of the positives when sacrificing for a healthy lifestyle. I’m sure your dad is so proud of you!

    • Reply Tracy February 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Jen. I appreciate your kind words!

  • Reply Nikki Johnson January 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Tracy this is so awesome! I’m so proud of you girl. I love that its so personal, people can relate. Like me:) my dad just got diagnosed with diabetes and is trying to find his way back to a healthy lifestyle. You guys are fab! Keep it up

    • Reply Tracy January 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you for all the encouragement, Nikki! I am so sorry to hear about your dad! Lots of prayers coming your way. I’m glad he’s surrounded by his wonderful family of Motts that I just love!

  • Reply Sandi Russo January 23, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Very well done Tracy. I also had a father that didn’t take care of his future and passed away a sick and obiese man. It’s never to late to make a change and encourage people along the way as your doing. Looking forward to more workouts with you.
    You inspire me!!!!

    • Reply Tracy January 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I’m so sorry about your dad. You have REALLY turned that around for your family by leading by example, Sandi! Thanks for all your sweet words of encouragement!

  • Reply Marian Kanet January 28, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Thanks for sharing Tracy! This SO reminds me of my favorite quote, “If we do not take the time to be well, we will most assuredly take the time later to be ill.” Jeffrey R. Holland. I would much rather spend money on delicious, healthy foods that fuel my body, than spending hours upon hours and money at the doctor and being sick.
    Best wishes to your dad!

    • Reply Tracy January 28, 2015 at 6:58 am

      That is a great quote! I completely agree with you. Thanks for your kind words!

  • Reply Kristy @ Chocolate Slopes January 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I love your response of “I can’t afford not to” – this is so true, but so many people believe that eating healthy is out of reach or too time consuming. A little bit of effort can go a long ways when it comes to healthy eating and physical activity.

    • Reply Tracy January 28, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Kristy! Thanks for your kind words!

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  • Reply cassi March 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

    An addition to your list – Buy just a few pieces of equipment and check out workout DVDs from your local library.

    • Reply Tracy March 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

      That’s a great idea cassi! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow March 23, 2015 at 2:02 am

    AMEN!!!! I say invest now and enjoy the fitness and health journey or PAY later in pain, suffering, and tears…easy choice for me!

    • Reply Tracy March 23, 2015 at 7:13 am

      Agreed, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply CARLA March 23, 2015 at 2:09 am

    oh how i love your willingness to share with us.
    for me it is all about the TINNNNY choices which seem to have no impact but do add up.


    • Reply Tracy March 23, 2015 at 7:13 am

      Very very true, Carla! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Courtney Bentley March 23, 2015 at 3:35 am

    YES YES YES! I am always saying this to my clients who give this excuse because there really is NO excuse not to make your health a priority in your life. The people who say they can’t afford it usually spend money on things they can live without and end up saving money on medical bills, Dr. visits etc by spending a little bit more on grocery trips and making an effort to go on youtube and follow the workouts that are on there! Thanks for sharing I will share this with some friends <3 xo C

    • Reply Tracy March 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Thank you, Courtney!

  • Reply Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem March 23, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I haven’t stepped in a gym in over a decade, I do all my workouts at home mostly with bodyweight and running. I am in awesome shape. I hate when people say they can’t afford the gym… they don’t need to go to a gym to be fit.

    • Reply Tracy March 23, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Very true! Thanks for stopping by, Christy!

  • Reply Pamela Hernandez March 23, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Yes! I feel the same way! I am so glad my momma got on the healthy band wagon. As an only child, I want to put off such worries for a long time!

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