I started thinking about all the ways that my weight keeps me from being able to save money. It’s an interesting exercise and one that really makes me a little more motivated to take care of myself.
My extra weight reduces my car’s gas mileage. It also causes more breaking down of the seats, which decreases the value of the car if I were to trade it in. It also makes the seats less comfortable to sit in.
The extra weight means that I can’t shop at regular clothing stores. Trust me, Lane Bryant doesn’t have those adorable little spring tops on clearance for $3.00 like Old Navy does! I have to travel further, look harder, and often settle for far less flattering styles than women half my size.
My dress shoes wear out faster than if I weighed less. The heels wear down more unevenly as well.
Now, here’s one to think about. The extra weight means that our mattresses wear out far more quickly. When you replace your mattresses every year and a half, versus every five years, all this weight really doesn’t seem to be a good idea to carry around anymore.