Posts Tagged ‘Money’

Take the money and run

October 5, 2010

Over the last few years, I’ve entered in a handful of races.  They’ve all been competitions I’ve wanted to participate in, but I’ve noticed something of late.  They’re getting expensive!

 Take, for example, the Disney Princess Half Marathon which is scheduled to happen in February at Disney World.  If you were to sign up for the race today, it’d set you back $140.  $140! 

Want to run in the prestigious New York City Marathon?  If  you can snag a spot, you’ll have to cough up $185 dollars to run 26.2 grueling miles.

And over the past three years, I’ve paid upwards of $500 to compete in three triathlons.

Now, I understand it costs a lot to put on races of such magnitudes, but come on.  I shouldn’t have to break the bank to run in a handful of races every year.  If the logic is that without all that money I wouldn’t be able to get a free T-shirt, a banana and maybe a medal at the finish…then I say keep the trinkets.  (Although I guess you could argue I’ve saved a lot of money by not having to buy PJs, since I have all those T-shirts).  But seriously, just let me compete!  I’ll even pay for the banana and bagel.


Living Strong

December 8, 2009

If you’re the type of person who sets lots of personal goals and then gets discouraged when progress is slow, is for you.

Yes, it’s the same Live Strong associated with Lance Armstrong, but the wesbite isn’t just about supporting people in their battles with cancer.  If you’re looking to lose weight, quit smoking or even eliminate your debt, this is the place to find people daring themselves to do the same thing.  (It’s called the Dare to Change Your Life.) 

Not only will you find a support group, the website has tons of tips and skills to get you to your end goal.  I have a couple of friends who use the site and they love it!  I suggest giving it a try if you need a little more prodding, after all, you’re not the only one struggling to _____(fill in your goal)!

Staying in financial shape

October 8, 2009


So yesterday I touched on how not to lose money while trying to lose weight.  Here are some more suggestions to keep your wallet from getting a work out.

From Couch Potato to Stud Spud

October 7, 2009

This day and age everyone is looking to save a buck or two.  (I know I am!)  Some people are saving dough by canceling their gym memberships.  With monthly fees as high as $100 at some places, I can’t say I blame them, but this isn’t an excuse to get doughy.  Enter Exercise TV.exercisetv2

Available with Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon, Exercise TV is a video-on-demand television network and there are programs for every fitness type. 

In a hurry?…choose one of the 10 minute workout options.  Looking to get rid of that spare tire?…there are a number of ab centric workouts.  Want to workout without feeling like you’re working out?…select one of the many dance class options from hip-hop to disco to Bollywood to Carmen Electra’s striptease.  If you’re looking for something with a slower pace, yoga and pilates shows are also available.

Best of all…there are hardly any commercials.  There’s one at the start of the show and then the occasional pop-up ad, but no breaks during the workout.

So get up off the couch and get moving!  You’ve really got no excuse now!