Friday Financial Foul Ups: Quick Fixes to Weight Loss – Cost Me Thousands

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Back when I was in high school I tried an over-the-counter dietary supplement called Exenadrine EFX (ephedra free).  I spent the last 2 months of high school going to class, hanging on the couch, playing video games and not doing much in terms of actual physical activity.  To my surprise, I lost 25 lbs that month and had increased energy.   It was truly a miracle in a bottle.

The Situation

I went to college in decent shape.  I was never a gym rat and I knew my weight wasn’t going to vastly change unless I went to the gym every day and completely reshaped my body.  I was involved in athletics and I knew what it would take to overhaul my body.  That specific time commitment wasn’t important to me.  So, I cheated and took the easy way out.  I kept taking dietary supplements as a means of maintaining my current weight.

Where I Fouled Up

I won’t say I screwed up by taking the supplements in the first place, because they did what I wanted them to do.  What was the problem was that I kept taking them even after I had hit a plateau for fear that I would regress (something that didn’t happen when I eventually stopped buying them).

Over the course of a 4 year time span, I probably only went 8-10 months without pumping down these supplements.  At around $50 a bottle (maybe a bit less with a GNC discount) I spent quite a bit of money on these types of products over that timeframe.  Lets do some math.

48 months – 10 months of inactivity = 38 Months

38 Months x $50 = $1900

Total Amount of Waste = $1900

There is nothing like actively throwing money away on nothing but the occasional caffeine headache.  Looking back, this was surely a mistake, and a costly one.  What could $1900 over those 4 years have gotten me?  Well that I don’t know, but I probably could have bought a lot of shots for friends when out at bars.  L’chaim!

What I Learned

We are always looking for quick fixes to our life problems.  I was never addicted to these pills, but psychologically I knew it was the easy way to maintain my weight.  It is so much easier to just watch what you eat, and not shell out extra money each month for something that will do nothing but make you stay the same.  I hit a plateau with the supplements and I kept throwing money down the drain.  I don’t even think twice about it today, as I know the cost greatly outweighs the benefits.

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Friday Financial Foul Ups: Quick Fixes to Weight Loss – Cost Me Thousands

Photo by basykes

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Back when I was in high school I tried an over-the-counter dietary supplement called Exenadrine EFX (ephedra free).  I spent the last 2 months of high school going to class, hanging on the couch, playing video games and not doing much in terms of actual physical activity.  To my surprise, I lost 25 lbs that month and had increased energy.   It was truly a miracle in a bottle.

The Situation

I went to college in decent shape.  I was never a gym rat and I knew my weight wasn’t going to vastly change unless I went to the gym every day and completely reshaped my body.  I was involved in athletics and I knew what it would take to overhaul my body.  That specific time commitment wasn’t important to me.  So, I cheated and took the easy way out.  I kept taking dietary supplements as a means of maintaining my current weight.

Where I Fouled Up

I won’t say I screwed up by taking the supplements in the first place, because they did what I wanted them to do.  What was the problem was that I kept taking them even after I had hit a plateau for fear that I would regress (something that didn’t happen when I eventually stopped buying them).

Over the course of a 4 year time span, I probably only went 8-10 months without pumping down these supplements.  At around $50 a bottle (maybe a bit less with a GNC discount) I spent quite a bit of money on these types of products over that timeframe.  Lets do some math.

48 months – 10 months of inactivity = 38 Months

38 Months x $50 = $1900

Total Amount of Waste = $1900

There is nothing like actively throwing money away on nothing but the occasional caffeine headache.  Looking back, this was surely a mistake, and a costly one.  What could $1900 over those 4 years have gotten me?  Well that I don’t know, but I probably could have bought a lot of shots for friends when out at bars.  L’chaim!

What I Learned

We are always looking for quick fixes to our life problems.  I was never addicted to these pills, but psychologically I knew it was the easy way to maintain my weight.  It is so much easier to just watch what you eat, and not shell out extra money each month for something that will do nothing but make you stay the same.  I hit a plateau with the supplements and I kept throwing money down the drain.  I don’t even think twice about it today, as I know the cost greatly outweighs the benefits.

455 Responses to Friday Financial Foul Ups: Quick Fixes to Weight Loss – Cost Me Thousands
  1. health articles
    May 19, 2018 | 9:08 pm

    Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem with your web site in web explorer, might test this¡K IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a good component to folks will omit your wonderful writing due to this problem.

  2. Home Product and Service
    May 19, 2018 | 10:29 pm

    I think this is one of the most vital information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on few general things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

  3. Home Product and Service
    May 20, 2018 | 2:33 am

    I genuinely enjoy studying on this web site , it holds great posts . “Something unpredictable but in the end it’s right, I hope you have the time of your life.” by Greenday.

  4. Elicia Furblur
    May 20, 2018 | 3:45 am

    I haveI’ve been surfingbrowsing online more than three324 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’sIt is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinionPersonallyIn my view, if all webmasterssite ownerswebsite ownersweb owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internetnetweb will be much morea lot more useful than ever before.

  5. Home Product and Service
    May 20, 2018 | 5:13 am

    Some truly good articles on this web site, regards for contribution. “Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.” by John Dryden.

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