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I go to the gym a few times a week (I've been doing Orange Theory since moving last winter), but I am not a fast runner. If you're not familiar with Orange Theory, you run or walk on a treadmill for 20-30 minutes with a guided routine, then do 20-30 minutes of weight training as well as some time on a rowing machine.
But no matter how hard I try, I tend to run kind of s-l-o-w-l-y.
I have TRIED to run fast. I've survived 2 half marathons. I walk a TON.
But this girl rarely gets much faster than a 10 minute mile (which is AMAZING to folks who don't run, but for those fancy Orange Theory folks doing 6 and 7 minute miles, my pace looks pretty puny!)
This last week I was on a treadmill next to one of the fast folks. One of the ones who run 6 to 7 minute miles (think a 8-to-9-mile-per-hour-ish-pace). For a second they had to hop off to go get something, while I kept steady at my really-kind-of-fast-for-me 6.5 mile per hour pace.
At the end of our 20 minute block, I happened to look down, noticed my much slower mile had actually outrun theirs by a tiny bit.
The only difference between me and them?
Even though I never ran fast at all, I didn't hop off.
(It was TOTALLY fine that they hopped off so no judgement at all there. Just something interesting I noticed as we were sweating way too early in the morning that of course got me thinking about our finances!)
The moral of the story?
Just keep going and don't hop off.
If your finances are overwhelming and you're sick and tired of eating rice and beans for dinner and you really just want to throw in the towel and go spend $100 on a fancy dinner out because that sounds way more fun than chicken at home again . . .
remember the long term goal.
Even now that we're in a much more solid financial place than we've been before, we still choose carefully where we spend each dollar.
We know our long term financial goals, and put money in those places when we can (although we get to splurge WAY more these days… I'm so thankful)!
There are things you can do to really transform your finances, but these are the only 3 things I'd encourage you to focus on today:
1 – Save more.
2 – Earn more.
You can do this. You are worth it. The long term end of the race feels ahhhhh-mazing.
I'm right here on this side of screen cheering for you, and goodness, I'm so proud of you.
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