I have purchased an iPod, numerous shoes, another mp3 player, new shorts and countless other electronics and apparel all in the guise of getting in shape. None of these purchases had a significant effect on my willingness to work out or get in shape. No matter how much I imagined myself working out with a new iPod in hand or how much more comfortable these new fast looking shoes would be for running I was never motivated enough to stick with it.
Despite the past, it is still really easy for me to try and justify an extra expenditure by convincing myself that --this time -- it will help me stay committed to losing weight. If you have fallen into this trap, next time, stick it out for 2-4 weeks before pulling the trigger. Once you get going consider making the object you lusted for a reward for your hard work, that way at least you can feel like you earned it. That's better than feeling guilty because you only use your iPod at your desk and your gym shorts for nap time.If you really want to start getting in shape, save your money and start a group of friends and co-workers who also want to lose weight. Peer pressure is one of the best forms of persuasion so harness it and work with your friends to get in shape. Last summer at work we started an initiative to lose weight, which was a competition between different departments on campus. It was one of the most successful weight loss programs I have been a part of. I lost 15 pounds and tied for first place. My success was in part due to eating lunch with my team mates almost every day. This additional contact with my team mates made me more apt to eat healthier and avoid fast food which in turned allowed me to save some cash, even though part of it went towards purchasing better quality fresh foods at the grocery.
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