Hello and thanks for checking in again. FIRST let me tell you the GOOD NEWS. I am rapidly closing in on a milestone; 50 pounds.
I HAVE LOST 46 POUNDS IN 7 WEEKS! I NOW WEIGH 264!!
BONUS: I can now fit into some older jeans I haven't worn in a long time. I went from a 48 inch pant waist to a 44.
Now, the BAD news, or what I am calling...
THE TRUE COST OF BEING OVERWEIGHT
I just paid these medical bills...
These are my costs, **AFTER INSURANCE**, for two doctor visits including one back injection treatment for my compressed disk (left) and the MRI taken of my back (right). They total $1222.28.
And those are just a couple of the bills. I've actually had TWO sets of injections, but I'd already paid for the first set.
In fact, so far for medical expenses, I've spent over $3300 approximately this year. Some of that went to eye glasses and some prescription eye drops, but most of the expenses were for back treatments and cholesterol/hormone tests and prescriptions.
In other words, most of my medical expenses have been caused by or aggrivated by BEING OVERWEIGHT.
Is it overstating it to say that my eating habits were slowly KILLING ME?
And yet I still get people who think I'm spending way too much on my new not-a-diet. I tell them that it's replacing my previous food plan, but I don't think that part sinks in.
That's because of two things, I believe. One, IT'S EASIER AND CHEAPER TO EAT BAD FOOD IN THE USA. Unhealthy food can be chemically made to taste good, processing gives it longer shelf lives, and mass production makes it cheaper.
And two, "COST IS ONLY AN ISSUE IN THE ABSENCE OF VALUE."
I must give credit for that to the "Real Estate Ninjas" show, Thursdays at 12:30 pm on NewsRadio 650 KENI which I occasionally board op, but it can be applied to healthy eating as well.
In my June 20th blog post, I broke down before/after food budgets and the other costs they affected. Click the picture below for the link.
But before you read it, remember two changes. First, I'm now eating one less meal (three meals, 2 snacks per day) than I was during that blog entry, and second...well, I just added another $1222.28 to my "BEFORE" expenses.
Buying cheaper food does NOT necessarily save money--not when it costs so much more to be fat. Take it from me.