60 days to a Slimmer Body, Budget, or Home

by Courtney

in Happier Living

Weight, debt, and stuff held me down for a long time. I felt too tired, immobile, and unmotivated to get outdoors and play. I felt too worrisome about owing people money, remembering my monthly payments, and the amount of money I was loosing to interest rates. I felt cluttered by a bunch of small things that I was constantly cleaning up.

Then I started shedding. I started shedding, because it wasn’t enjoyable.  I wasn’t enjoyable.  Sure I had nice things, but my nice things weren’t enough to make the weight, debt, and extra crap worth it.

I wanted freedom.  I love that I can say all these things in the past tense. I’m no longer immobile, debt-loaded, or cluttered, and it’s the most revitalizing feeling. I feel so maleable. So open to opportunity. So un-conflicted. So joyful.

You can do it too. Chances are you have already been masterminding how to get started.

Create a Vision

Don’t get too carried away. I’m not a big fan of the “five-year plan”, because we become blind to new options. But what do you need to shed? How much? What would take you from a groan to a sigh of relief?

Want to shed weight?

I don’t have a miracle story of how I lost fifty pounds, and it changed my life. It only took ten, but I instead challenged myself to accomplish physically difficult tasks. For me that was running a half-marathon and hiking more, but for you it’s probably different. I highly recommend SparkPeople as a free, simple way to huge food tracking database and great group accountability. They also have a million recipes that I live by.

Want to shed debt?

Debt creeps me out. I find it more exhausting and limited than anything else. There are a million great personal finances websites to get you going like GetRichSlowlyWisebread, Budgets Are Sexy. For more information on our personal struggle with getting out of debt, visit our site ManvsDebt.

Want to shed stuff?

I love a great bargain. Unfortunately, great bargains lead to buying lots of stuff we don’t need. Which then becomes our crap. Or we don’t replace the old stuff with the new stuff we bought, and it then becomes our crap. Sell Your Crap is a guide that builds your motivation to declutter and then tells you how. Sell on Ebay, Amazon, or Craigslist? Yard Sale? How much is my junk even worth?

Want to design your own life?

In the end, remember that you can design your life. By shedding the access, I have the ability to pursue staying at home, traveling full time, and learning photography from scratch. I’ve learned to pay with cash and budget. I’ve learned to buy more produce and play new sports. For ideas on lifestyle design, visit ChrisGuillebeau and TammyStrobel.

60 Days of Shedding

It’s your time to break free. I’m challenging you to make a pledge to yourself. Start with one areas above. Set a goal for how much you want to shed in the next sixty days. Perhaps, you want to slim down your spending by $200, start budgeting. Maybe you want to donate three boxes of crap. You choose. But most importantly, do it.  Break the shackles and start saying YES.

What is your pledge?  What do you want to shed in the next sixty days?  Are there any resources I could help you with?  Why is this important to you?



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Mariza May 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

What a great post! We are currently in the process of getting rid of so much, two houses and most of the stuff in them! We are a family of 4 moving into an RV as soon as our houses sell. About my weight, I go up a little, down a little. I’m ok with that for now. Our schedule is kind of crazy since every day is a different day for us. Meals happen when they happen and we have been eating out a lot. We don’t normally eat out, but we have been lately with all these changes. We’ll get back into our routine of eating at home.
Thanks for your post! Very inspiring!


Courtney May 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

I’m sure life is hectic preparing for your transition, but doesn’t it feel great to finally let go of the extra stuff! If you are anything like us, the eating out kept up for the first month in the RV. We are much better nowadays about preparing quick meals on the road, but it was a learning curve. Happy RVing!


Joan May 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

Well of course we’re shedding debt – our goal is to be down another $1500 to $2000 off our total in the next 60 days.

My personal goal is to get back to my personal goal weight. I’m within a healthy range for my height by BMI, but just barely, and I’m certainly not happy there. For the next 60 days, my goal is to track what I eat, exercise (mostly tae kwon do and Wii, plus – yay – the start to our “hiking season!) at least 30 minutes at least 5 days a week, and hopefully see a result of 7 pounds down by 60 days from now.


Living the Balanced Life May 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I think one of the biggest things you said was the first thing, Create a Vision. In order for people to reach a goal, they need to get a clear vision of what it is that they want. And then they have to REALLY want it. That desire is what will keep you focused on the goal over the 60 days.
Great post Courtney!
Create habits instead of resolutions


Heidi May 24, 2011 at 12:59 am

Thanks for this post Courtney it’s making me think of what more we can do over the next 60 days to reach our financial goals.
I agree with Bernice. It’s much easier for me to get rid of excess stuff and resist buying a new bathingsuit or whatever when I have a “make me cry with happy tears when I think about it” kind of goal.


Franz Andrini November 4, 2011 at 7:47 am

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