I have never been a very sporty person and although I played basketball as a teenager for a few years, I have to admit that I was never very good. My only advantage was that around the age of 12, I was taller than everyone else but soon the whole world started to grow as well and until today I have to look up to most people…
A few years ago we decided at work to sign up for the Tel Aviv Marathon and do the 10% race, meaning 4,2K. I trained hard and crossing the finish line that spring morning in 2010 was a huge accomplishment for me. Since then I have slowly improved, I run on a regular basis and have completed a few 10K races.
I have learned to like the running and that it makes me feel great – mostly after! But I have to admit, that apart from knowing the importance of being healthy and more or less fit, my main motivator for sport is food! I like food and I like to eat and for me to be able to eat much of what I do, I also have to burn it off again in order to keep my weight on a more or less normal level.
The math of calorie in- and output in our bodies is a pretty easy equation: If we eat more than we burn we gain weight, if we eat the same as we burn then we maintain the weight and if we burn more than what eat, we lose weight. In short: if I want to eat (and I do) I have to burn the excess. The other option is to eat less J
The budget and how we spend our money is actually quite a similar story:
1. If we spend more than we earn (or earn less than we spend) we will be in minus at the end of the month
2. If spend the same as we earn we will be in balance at the end of the month
3. If we spend less than we earn (or earn more than what we spend) we will have money to spare at the end of the month
Let’s say that we decide that we want option 3. Basically what is then acquired of us is then that our income is bigger than our expenses, either by earning more or spending less!
In both case of food or money, it sounds very simple and easy to just do the equation and decide where you want to be, but surely it is not. Most of our decisions of what we do in life is based on our behavioral patterns and the choices that we make. But sometimes just the decision of doing something is a huge step in the right decision, even if it can feel like two steps forward, one step back, it is still forward!