You Don’t Need a Gym Membership to Get Fit

College just didn’t put me in the hole $30,000 it also gave me 30lbs of extra fattage. With the recent downturn in the economy and my unemployment status, I’m learning ways to shed weight without shedding the dough.

My gay anorexic BFF lives by the motto “If you’re hungry today, eat tomorrow!” But let’s face it, this bitch loves cake. Everyone knows they can lose weight and scapegoat exercise equipment and gym memberships by walking, running, and swimming for free. But that gets old and boring and demands too much dedication and hyperventilation.

Instead I’d rather sweat balls and nail something. Although it’s not sex, working out in a Bikram Yoga studio and building houses with Habitat for Humanity is just as hot and satisfies even more of my needs.

Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga is an intense work out. You sweat like crazy! In a room heated to 105°F, you contour your body into 26 different strenuous poses. It is said that you burn about 900-1500 calories per a 90 minute class. Not only does this help relieve me of my fattage but it also helps relieve stress.  For $29 a month I can attend as many class sessions as I like, which is a steal considering that each class alone is $16.

The picture to the right is of the house that I’m actually helping to build. Yesterday was my first go at it since my Pepperdine PVC days, but this experience was definitely more rewarding. There were only five volunteers at this site, 3 women and 2 men. Can I just say I felt pretty badass lifting a 200 lb beam over my head onto the soon to be roof? From 7:30 am to 2:00 pm I lifted things that were heavier than me and hammered into the toughest wood on a two level scaffold! I’m not sure how many calories I burned that day but I can tell you that I’m sore today. This workout was not only free but I also got to help someone in need which gives me a little sense of purpose in my life of unemployment.


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Adults can eat kid’s meals too!

Today I had lunch with my friend in Santa Rosa. Apparently it’s the biggest town closest to Sonoma though I  found it quite adorable and small.

My best friend and partner in frugalness decided to eat at Rubio’s. I haven’t dined at the chained mexican grill establishment since I was a kid. As a child I loved their churro’s and  I nostalgically ordered a kids meal. For just under $5 I had a delicious bean and cheese burrito, Refried cheesy beans, a churro, chips, and a drink. I was full before the burrito was finished and I had to fight my tummy to finish the chips.

It’s good to know that you can stuff your face full with delicious food out with your friends for under $5 bucks. Although, the lady at the register gave me the stink eye for ordering a kids meal because it was clearly for myself. Oh well, I’m full and she’s probably still hating her job with or without people like me.

Invest in Netflix

$15 movie ticket + $4.45 a gallon gas = a $20, 2 hour movie

I’m sorry but does this equation seem ridiculous? Netflix is amazing. Although they have raised their rates it is still a more cost effective investment. Why drive to the theater, when you can have all the movies you want at home.

Running Low on Meal Points?

Before you panic know that you have options before swiping that credit card.

1. Some colleges have special programs that allow you to dine with professors on the school’s dime. This is a great opportunity to not only establish relationships with your professors but get you both a free meal.

2. You may have been a very hungry caterpillar this semester but maybe your friends haven’t been. Since it’s the end of the year, student’s with a surplus of points just want to get rid of them. Take advantage of this and buddy up with a friend with many points. Don’t be shy.

3. If you lack social skills and can’t get a lunch with a friend or a professor, brown bag it. Good old homemade turkey sandwiches, juice boxes and snacks still hit the spot.

4. By no means am I advocating theft but if you’re daring and desperate enough, the grab and go plan is an option.