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Mr. Cheap (and he IS, proudly!) over at FourPillars blogs mostly about money but with a dose of his weight goals thrown into the mix. I’m not about to blog regularly about my weight — but suffice it to say, I’m committed to some weight loss of my own, possibly courtesy of Bargainista’s contest for 3 months worth of free nutrisystem. I’m undoing my contest chances by spreading the word, but it is Freebie (or nearly) Wednesday! (and fyi, if you haven’t signed up for Bargainista’s feed, or bookmarked her site, you’re missing awesome sales intel).

To enter the contest, we need to explain our motivation. Here’s my thinking about my need to lose weight (and it’s on the serious side, heads-up):

I am about 20 pounds over my healthy weight. You wouldn’t know it (according to friends, lol) to look at me, but my doctor confirms it’s absolutely the case. My desire to lose the excess me is partly for my own health and energy, but also from another philosophical grounding point. It’s this. I blog about being wise with money. I have a business that helps people be thoughtful with their money. My dream goal is that Canadians become so adept at handling their money (out of debt, not buying crap, finding meaning in things other than consumption) that we become known for it, and are able to be generous towards developing countries, and find really creative ways to live sustainably.

And yet here I am overeating on a regular basis, even as, night after night, the character I affectionately call ‘the homeless lunatic’ sleeps against the heat duct of the building across my street. He is skinny, underfed, and lines up for the soup kitchen down the street for whatever food they have on offer. And I overeat, even as addicts in my neighbourhood walk on cartoon-like legs and have guant faces because they don’t nourish themselves properly with food. Not to mention the kids in refugee camps around the world.

For me to consistently overeat and carry around excess me is just. plain. wrong.

So, Hello 2008: I’m going to try my d-est to get hold of my eating. To eat appropriately, and heathily. To respect the people who are starving enough not to mindlessly stuff myself.

end of story.

About the Author

Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. nancy, another great post. i’ve always felt it important to make the connection between our very personal behaviours and what’s going on around us.

    come to think of it, would you like to submit this to my carnival of eating disorders?


    Jan 09, 2008
  2. Hi Nancy, thanks for the link. It’s actually Four Pillars (Mike) who is blogging about the weight loss although from what Mr. Cheap tells me about his holiday, he might be joining me!!


    Jan 09, 2008
  3. Hi Nancy,
    What a thoughtful and powerful post. It’s enough to make me change my eating habits. I hope you’ll participate in the weight loss journey whether you win the giveaway or not. As for the winner, that’s up to the judges to decide. Thanks for your entry and good luck.
    Eden aka Bargainista


    Jan 09, 2008
  4. @isabella – I’d be delighted to include it in the carnival. Interesting to think of it as being in the broad schema of eating disorders, for sure!


    Jan 09, 2008
  5. Thanks for the link. A lot of my friends tell me I don’t show it either, its always hard to tell if people are just being nice :-).


    Jan 10, 2008


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