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How in the hell is the relationship between tracking your food intake and tracking your money similar, you ask?
Well, let me tell you what I have noticed over the past few years of experiencing both of these.
Tracking your money: The idea here is to track every single dollar that goes in to your bank account AND most importantly, every dollar that goes out. Most people are SHOCKED to find out what they are actually spending every month. I used to do budget coaching and many times I would hear “oh I think its about $6000 per month” and when I asked them to go back through their bank statements to find out how much they realized it was more like $10,000.
If you don’t know how much money you are spending or making you literally have no control over YOUR OWN damn finances. Tracking is a really simple way to get control and putting yourself in the driver’s seat. Turns out it’s kinda important to know what is happening with your money, there is no one else doing that for you!
What happens when I stop tracking my money: I am good for the first few months as the habit of tracking trickle on. Eventually I begin to lose that control again and start to spend like an asshole and asking dumb questions like “where did all my money go?” (this was a HUGE trigger for us to start taking a hard look at our finances).
Tracking your food intake: The idea here is to track everything that passes through your lips. Just like the money, it can be very, very easy to lose awareness of what you are using to fuel your body. If you start tracking what is going in you might find out that you are eating WAAAAY less than you thought you were or maybe way more.
What happens when I stop tracking my food intake: I am good for the first few months as the habits of tracking trickle on. Eventually I find myself in the same old habit loop of drinking way to much coffee and eating all of the carbs in Invermere around 4:00pm. I start asking dumb questions like “why and I so dizzy all the time?” (it’s cause you’re starving, dumbass!).
Regardless of whether you are tracking your money or your food, I believe it is very important to be conscious of what you are doing in both areas. Raising awareness of the fact that you are spending thousands more per month than you thought or drinking more coffee than you are eating food. When you are in control of these two aspects of your life, you will feel pretty fucking good.
If you are ready to learn more about the tools that hubs and I used to pay off our consumer debt and gain control over our finances, you may want to start up a conversation with someone who teaches similar techniques such as Jenn Widney from Financial Fundamentals or Merideth Bisiker at Beyond the Budget.
Jenn recommends tackling one area at a time. Once you have mastered tracking your finances then take on your food (or vice versa) so you don’t get too overwhelmed.
Merideth recommends finding a tracking tool that YOU prefer. If you struggle with technology, use paper. If you hate data entry or spreadsheets, sign up for You Need a Budget or Mint and have the app input the numbers for you. If you use a tool you prefer, the likelihood that you'll track your money will be higher.
If you are ready to learn more about the tools that I am using to gain control over my food intake and develop a healthy relationship with food you may want to start up a conversation with Eric Elliott from Refocus Nutrition.
Eric says, “Measuring can be used through the analogy of a baker and a cook. With a baker, you need to follow all of your ingredients more or less to a t. If you’re making banana bread, you need a certain amount of sugar, bananas etc. With a cook, you can make a great dish without having a specific amount of each individual ingredient. You’re able to taste how the dish tastes each time you make it. Measuring for some people is like that. A cook still needs to know what’s going into their dish in the same way we need to know what ingredients and foods are going into our bodies but we don’t always have to be as precise as a baker.”
Gaining control over one area in your life can REALLY start a chain reaction in other areas. Just get started, you won't be sorry!
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