How Post-Baby Boot Camp Classes Helped Me Lose 20 Pounds AND Whip My Financial Life Into Shape
After giving birth to my son Hendrix, I had the standard 20 pounds of baby weight to lose. You know – the extra 20 pounds on top of the 10 that I should’ve lost before I got pregnant?
To add insult to injury, by the time Hendrix was 4 months old, his father and I were most certainly on the path to separation.
Feeling sleep-deprived, overweight, scared and overwhelmed, and covered in“stress eczema” that made me scratch mercilessly on every quartile of my body – I tried to control something…anything…just one thing in my life.
And so I joined a fitness bootcamp.
That meant that every morning at 5 am, I left the kids in the care of my soon-to-be-ex and dragged myself to the high school track with 10 other women in my Brooklyn neighborhood. 10 women who put ourselves into the care of an amazingly fit, sinew- and muscle-clad woman (who looked nothing like us), and who intermittently barked out orders and offered words of support and encouragement.
the bad: “Give me 20 more!”
the good: “You’re doing great, Tanya!
the bad: “Quit making excuses!”
the good: “You’re a Goddess!”
the bad: “No short-term pain, no long-term gain!!”
the good: “You are going to SLAY your goals!”
After 10 weeks of my love-hate relationship with the bootcamp, I was finally able to donate my post-preggo “Belly Band” and walk up subway stairs without taking a breather on stair 12. I looked better than I had since college. (wait – I forgot about the Freshman 15. Let’s make that since high school… )
But even more importantly, I realized that Bootcamp was magical. For once in my life, I didn’t have to think – I just had to do. And if I did the things I was supposed to do, it actually transformed my life.
I clearly needed a Bootcamp in EVERY area of my life.
Bootcamp for Cooking.
Bootcamp for Relationships.
Bootcamp for Parenting.
And yes, Bootcamp for Finances.
If I could lose 20 pounds in an exercise bootcamp, imagine how much money I could save in a Finance Bootcamp if I applied the same principles.
Stop thinking. Start doing.
For my Financial Bootcamp, there were 4 key exercise mantras that I applied to my financial life:
- “Quit making excuses!” = Make a budget and stick to it. Period. End of Story.
- “No short-term pain, no long-term gain!!” = Saying no to money spent carelessly today means more money to go on a family vaca next year.
- “Give me20 more!” = Sign up for Auto-save and squeeze $20/week more into your kids’ college fund.
- “You are going to SLAY your goals!” = Write down your goals, so that you can achieve them (because people who write down their goals are 50% more likely to be successful.)
And slay my goals I did. By the end of 4 years, I was able to quit my full-time job and start Goalsetter to help other families slay their goals too.
And the best news is that you don’t even have to suit up for a 5 a.m. workout. Just do one thing (during sane hours) to start improving your family’s financial fitness today.
Don’t know where to start? Goalsetter makes Auto-Saving for your kid’s financial life easy. Click here to sign-up for a Goalsetter Savings Account, or if you already have an account, click here to set up Auto-Save.