Tracking and Getting Back on Track

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I always seem to follow a theme when it comes to what’s going on in my life. I think this year’s theme is tracking and accountability.

I’ve been tracking our income and expenses for a couple of months now in an effort to contain some of our spendthrift ways, and it has definitely made a difference in our budget.   I used to think that I could just wing it – that as long as I still had money in savings, I didn’t need to pay as much attention to our expenses as when we were digging our way out of debt.

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But I’ve learned that just isn’t the case. If we are going to be responsible with our money, we need to know where it is going.

The past few weeks have reminded me that tracking and accountability are beneficial to another area of my life – my health.   It isn’t a big surprise that as my savings account dwindled, my pants got a lot tighter.  The numbers (whether they are in a bank book or  on a scale) don’t lie.

My weight has been bothering me for awhile now, and I just don’t feel as healthy as I should.  I made the decision a couple of weeks ago to sign up for a family gym membership.  I also made the decision to return to Weight Watchers again.

Some of you may wonder why I chose to pay money to lose weight, when there are so many inexpensive fitness options available.

The truth is that I needed the accountability.  And I needed the support when it comes to tracking.  And I feel that my health (both physical and emotional) is worth the expense.

Joan at Man vs. Debt wrote one of the best posts I’ve read on the correlation between weight and finances this week.  In Are you Overweight AND in Debt? 10 Tips I’ve Learned for Tackling Both Problems…, Joan shares her own struggle with excess pounds and excess spending.

In her post, she shared a comment from Laura, a Man vs. Debt forum member, that really resonated with me:

“Both overeating and overspending are a form of “giving up hope” and “giving up control” over my life. Tracking feels to me like I’m grabbing back the steering wheel, and making a choice about where I want to put my attention and steer my life.”

That’s what I am doing. I’m taking control. I’m getting back on track. One small bite of food at a time. One step on the treadmill at a time. One penny at a time.

About Christina Brown

Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.


  1. aj says

    try TOPs instead of weight watchers. it is $50 a yr and you have a weekly weigh in and you can go to the meetings or not. you can do their diet or ww it doesnt matter but those weekly weigh ins keep you from getting off track like ww does. if you were on ww before you know the program, the weekly weigh ins make you want to be sure you dont gain

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