Have you heard of the Whole 30?
Essentially, this 30-day diet has you cut out certain food groups in order to achieve a host of health benefits including determining food allergies, decreasing inflammation, increasing energy, and yes, even losing weight--although weight loss is not the direct goal here. That's the reason that I was attracted to the Whole 30, because it is a lifestyle shift, not a quick fix. Also, I had learned that this type of diet could positively affect my fertility problems, so I was all about it. My husband, on the other hand, took a lot more convincing. He was not too keen on the fact that by participating in the Whole 30 you don't consume sugar (of any kind), grains, legumes, dairy, or any processed foods.
We did it though! We completed our first Whole 30 in August 2014 and then repeated it again in January 2015 because we loved the results so much. We lost weight, had loads of energy (goodbye post-lunch slump!), and also found that the boost in our general health and energy had a significant effect on our happiness--who'da thunk?
That all being said, this post isn't about food! Ha! Tricked you with a long intro (BUT, if you do want to know more about the Whole 30, our results, and how it affected my fertility issues, feel free to email me!). This post is about money, money, money, MONEY.
Finances are a big deal, for everyone. Lately, I've felt like we've been doing it all wrong. Slow progress all of sudden feels like it goes down the drain because the car insurance bill arrives in the mail or that plane ticket needs to be bought or I just had to have that new bag. Anyone echo?
We do have a budget, and we're not horrible about it either. We utilize mint.com as a free budgeting tool and it is super helpful, highly recommend. And, honestly, we don't buy super expensive things or have crazy gambling habits. For my hubs and I, I think it's the little things that hit us the hardest. The I-deserve-a-latte moments or the scarf-is-on-clearance moments. The little things add up. And pretty soon you're so far off the doing-well-on-my-budget path that you find yourself speeding down the opening-another-credit-card highway.
I was thinking about the Whole 30 principles the other day and wondering if similar principles could be applied to our budget. To put it in short, on the Whole 30 you can't even have a little bit of sugar. Well, if we decided to "Whole 30" our budget, we'd have to cut out the little things, like for reals. Purchasing that adorable cat mug that just happens to be on sale would be like saying, "I'll just have a teeny bit of sugar on my Whole 30." Welp, that little bit of sugar just ruined your entire Whole 30 and you've got to start over now, because the whole point of the Whole 30 is to detox, to rid your body of the bad stuff, the unnecessary things that might be weighing you down.
I know it's not a new or brilliant concept, to just stop purchasing things we don't need. But as I reflected on my Whole 30 experience, I gained a fresh perspective and regained the motivation to be disciplined not only about my food and health, but about my (our) finances.
Time to lose some weight in the credit card department. Here's to Whole 30-ing the heck out of our budget.