Healthy Hack #3: Pay Yourself First

As you may already know if you have been following me, I made a decision that changed my life. I decided to escape from my lifelong obesity and to lose over 100 pounds in under a year.

My results significantly exceeded my expectations and I lost 100 pound in 9 months, 120 in the first year and am still going strong – 130+ pounds in 16 months to-date. The pinnacle of my journey so far was completing my first half marathon just 16 months after weighing in at 325 pounds!

Throughout my fitness journey I have been repeatedly asked the same question: what’s your secret?

While there is no true “secret” to successful weight loss there are some techniques that worked well for me. I am going to share these techniques with you through this Healthy Hacks series in the Operation Melt blog.

Please read on because I am confident that these hacks can become the “secret” to your success with your own health & fitness journey.

Pay Yourself First

There is a popular concept in the world of personal finance called “pay yourself first.”

The premise is pretty simple: when you get paid your first priority should be your savings and/or investments before your spend a penny on bills or other mandatory things. This means you have prioritized spending on yourself first and your creditors second and it is a common way to build wealth.

There is a similar concept that I read in a popular finance book that takes a slightly more altruistic approach. When you receive any kind of bonus or other financial windfall your first priority should be giving. The first 10% of any unexpected cash inflow should be donated to charity or other worthy cause.

This latter concept is this week’s healthy hack.

This week I had a bonus day off and a 3-day weekend for Veteran’s Day. I started my bonus day with an investment in myself and my fitness. My first order of business on my bonus day was my workout. I went for a run to my gym. I had a session with my trainer. I ran back home. Before I did anything else with my bonus day I had already had a 1000 calorie workout.

If you pay yourself first with your workout you start your day off with an investment in yourself and your health. It doesn’t take long but is starts your day on the right foot. Then you can go do whatever else you want to do with your day with a feeling of accomplishment.

So, when you get a bonus day off, start it with a workout. By paying yourself first you improve your chances of honoring your commitment to your health. What else is more important for the beginning of your day? This is way more important than sleeping in or lounging on the sofa!

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