Impulsive diet & exercise purchases

I admit it, I am an impulsive buyer.  I just realized today (or maybe I realized it in the past and forgot, hence the continued impulsive purchases) that I buy diet and exercise info quite impulsively.  No, that’s not descriptive enough to fit the situation.  I buy these things in an extremely impulsive manner.  How many ways can you say really, really impulsive.  Where’s the thesaurus when you need it?  I amaze myself at my ability to believe anew in some product that is going to help me firm up, lose weight, look better.  Let’s face it, it’s questionable that I’ll ever use the product enough to get there, wherever there is.  My husband says my “cruising weight” is where I am now and where I should be.  Yeah right.  I never heard of “cruising weight” before a year or so ago.  He didn’t use that phraseology when I was working my butt out every other morning during the weeks before our June 2007 wedding to lose (or keep off) just a few more pounds.  Smart man.  That’s why I married him.  But I digress.  Back to the issue . . .

So, you might be interested in the lengthy list of products I’ve purchased over the years.  The most recent?  I was in San Antonio for my uncle’s wedding and the dress I wore was a bit tighter than usual.  That would explain my neurosis, or at least that’s the story I’m sticking with for now, in actually watching an infomercial and then calling to order some Beach Body thing with DVDs, resistance bands, “encouraging” follow-up emails, access to a website with helpful “tips” and maybe some other things I can’t recall.  That was in August.  I have played one of the several DVDs exactly once.  I have worked out exactly once.  So I haven’t lost all the weight or firmed up as promised in the infomercial.  It was supposed to take 6 weeks.  Maybe it works.  How would I know?  At least it was under $200.  That’s not too bad, right?  Not if you add up all these purchases over the years!

I also have an ab workout thing under my bed.  Wait, I have to look at it to see the name.  It’s called the Ab Rocket.  Bought that after seeing a commercial.  I haven’t used it in so long that I forgot the name.  Now that one I did use more than once.  But less than 10 times, I’d say.  What else?  Let’s see, I just threw away some protein shake mix I bought as a part of Bistro MD.  Heard of it?  Now I don’t even accept delivery of the emails they continue to send me with helpful nutrition info.  That was a bunch of food I ordered and ate for awhile.  A good while.  But I didn’t finish everything they sent me, everything I paid for.  I recall that being around $175 or $200, too.  Ugh.  Let’s see, what else.  South Beach Diet – bought the book and tried it for a couple weeks.  I can’t live without bread so that didn’t last long.  I bought some $30 plan off the Internet that was supposed to help keep weight off.  I skimmed that, never did it.  I’m now reading the book called Eat Right For Your Blood Type.  It’s very interesting.  Haven’t yet started the 2 weeks of almost vegetarian eating they suggest for my blood type.  One of these days.  Abs and buns of steel VHS tapes, a couple more pieces of exercise equipment in the garage that I can’t name, but I think I can describe (something to work on thighs, another ab exerciser).  I have a yoga mat, 5 pound weights.  But everybody has that, right?  And of course I have lots of workout clothes – many more than I’ll ever wear in one week’s time!

I’m swearing off these diet and exercise purchases.  Please, if you’re my friend or family or anyone reading this post, for goodness sake, stop me from making these impulsive purchases.  I don’t use them.  I’ll never be stick thin like the models in these infomercials, commercials, magazines, etc.  And that’s OK!  I’m at my cruising weight, right?

I know this wasn’t like my past posts – no deep epiphany, no advice, and very long.  But I just had to put it out there.   We’ll save the deep thoughts on weight/appearance issues for another post.  This was supposed to be fun and funny.  If you too are a compulsive purchaser of diet/exercise books, DVDs, equipment, etc., post a comment and let us know your secret to saying no to this drug!


Nicole Hancock Husband is an attorney and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (“CPCC”). Nicole graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1996 with a Juris Doctorate and from Ohio State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a Finance/International Studies double major and Spanish minor.