Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Price of Getting Healthy

Ya know...  the costs of losing this weight are getting up there!

I spend $50 per month on my weekly weigh-in call on HMR
I spend $148 on my meals from HMR bi-weekly, equalling $296 per month.
Plus, I buy fruit, veggies, bottled water, and a million spices and salsas which makes my monthly grocery bill about $175 per month.
I have a gym membership at $60.00 month.
I have personal training at $455.00 per month.

So, that puts my monthly total at:  $1036.  Wowza~!

But let's qualify this.  Article to chew on:
1. An obese person is 93% less likely to be hired for a position over a healthy person.
2. Life insurance is 2 to 4 times more expensive for someone who is obese.
3. Your net worth decreases by $1,000 for every point your BMI increases.

How about these reasons: 
1.  The average monthly prescriptions for a Diabetic in the US is $252, plus Annual pump costs of up to $3,000 per year out of pocket. We aren't even talking doctor/hospital visits, let alone costs of complications.
2.  One Cardiac patient in the US spends $12,000 out of pocket annually.
3.  The average Cancer patient in the US spends $7,489 annually out of pocket.

I don't know about you, but I would much rather spend money on living better than just trying to cope.  I have the trifecta in my family genes (Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer) and I am going to fight fight fight my way around them, for as long and as hard as I can.  So, the next time you say, well, that personal trainer is expensive, or that nutrition program is costly, think about that investment in you.  You are your most valuable asset.  Don't forget that.  You are worth every penny.  Invest what you can, while you can.


  1. Sadly, eating poorly is incredibly inexpensive! Dollar Menus, boxes of pasta, TV dinners. But you and I are worth investing in!

  2. You make some extremely good points. We are worth the investment. You hit it right on the head. Thanks for the insight.

  3. Missa!! Thank you for the comments on my blog, and thank you even more for this POST! It's awesome!!! I loved reading it and some of it surprised the crap out of me. :)

    And how can you NOT invest in yourself...you're worth it!!! LOVE IT



  4. You should have followed all that by: Being Healthy...Priceless and sold that commercial to Mastercard. It is definitely a great investment.

  5. I really like this post. I have never added up my own costs, but I do think they are worth it. Personal training is going to take most of my budget for a month or two, but the results will be completely worth it. You are right, we are worth investing in. If we aren't, what really is?

    Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. =)

  6. I was just quoting something similiar to this this morning. People seem to think that the Bodybugg is way too pricy but when you look at the costs related to obesity - it is marginal.

    AWESOME post!

  7. You make very good points!

    In the long run, obesity costs more. Once you get down to a normal and comfortable weight, you won't need some of those expenses. However, being obese, means new medicines, more doctor visits, etc. every year.


  8. This really puts in in perspective. Yes, it is expensive to get healthy, but not nearly as expensive as it is to remain unhealthy.

  9. That's a really great way of looking at it. We can't afford not to be healthy! I spend more money on good quality food too. It's totally worth it!

  10. I have something for you on my blog!

  11. Those are very sobering statistics. Thank you for sharing (although I wonder if I'd be better off not knowing - head-in-the-sand mentality!)

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is a very good blog today. It all works out in the end when you are healthier with less health risks.

  13. Ditto on the spending money to be healthy rather than cope. Prevention is way better than taking care of things after the fact.

  14. this is a great post. that net worth relation to bmi is slightly scary, but good to think about. thanks for highlighting the numbers that should really matter. xx