Economic Biggest Loser

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Group

I love to watch the Biggest Loser on NBC. It's funny & inspiring. In my life I've tried lots of weight loss programs, some worked - some didn't. The frustrating thing is I usually gain the weight back and that is certainly because my behaviors reverted back to my "pre-diet" habits.

Well, It's time for a reality check. I think our country, economically speaking, has gotten overweight and out of shape and is now going through a time of diet & exercise. Over the last few years we have artificially fed our economy with unhealthy loan programs, gorged on debt, and sat on our economic bottoms gobbling up every "sweet" treat in sight with out a worry about "getting our finances (personally or nationally) in shape.

The contestants on Biggest Loser always have the hardest time at the beginning of their journey. There are tears, accusations, doubt, finger pointing, exhaustion, frustration, and fears. More often than not, they want to quit and go back to their comfortable lifestyle that got them into trouble in the first place.

But then an amazing thing happens. They begin to experience success on the scale and as the weight that burdened them begins to melt away a renewal of hope and self esteem appears.

We as a nation need to not panic as our economic body begins its own journey through this process. There will be tears, accusations, doubt, finger pointing, exhaustion, frustration, and fear, BUT if we hold the course there will also be success. As I have learned from personal experience, jumping from one diet to another doesn't create an instant solution and very often only slows the process.

Eventually, our economy will hit its goal weight (i.e. stabilize) and when that happens we must be vigilant not to slip back into our comfortable habits that got us in trouble in the first place.

In the meantime, let's be encouragers not discouragers! The "free market" isn't dead - it just needs to hit the gym!

Lisa Gaiche ~ RE/MAX Real Estate Group ~ Olathe, KS ~ heartandhomekc@yahoo.com ~ 913.486.3764

 

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Lisa,

Great points.  I love the analogy.  Thanks for your positive insights. 

Warmly,

Travis Egan, Delavan, Wisconsin

www.TravisEgan.com

Sep 17, 2008 06:23 AM #1
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Lisa Gaiche
RE/MAX Real Estate Group - Olathe, KS

Thanks Travis! You have a beautiful home state. I love to visit there.

Sep 17, 2008 09:08 AM #2
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Michele "MAC" A. Cole

Great blog..on the economy.  If we can get back to basics and live within biblical principles the way our forefathers started this country, we'd be in good shape.  As scriptures say, if we turn from our wicked ways, God would heal our land!  Amen! 

www.wantinsight.com

Sep 18, 2008 12:51 AM #3
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Sue Beilman (Remax Real Estate Group)

Great blog Lisa.   An interesting way to look at our economic crisis.....but you are so right!  Let's hope once our economy has stabilized everyone doesn't go back to the same old unhealthy way of "gorging."

Nov 01, 2008 03:09 AM #4
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Lisa Gaiche

Thanks Sue. Yes, I hope we have learned our lessons, economically speaking. Thanks for posting. :)

Nov 01, 2008 03:45 AM #5
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Terry Miller
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Thanks for the great advice. I will check back often. I really like the blog. I am new at blogging but I am beginning to learn quite a bit from reading blogs like the ones I find on Active Rain. If I can ever be of help just visit my blog or my website: http://yournowwhat.com   

                                                                 Thanks, Terry

Nov 20, 2008 04:08 PM #6
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Lisa Gaiche

Thanks Terri! It is fun to surf around and read all the different blogs! Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 21, 2008 01:35 AM #7
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Terry Miller
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Great advice, My wife and I both love the Biggest Loser and never miss it. Last season was great. The market will be back faster for those prepared.

Thanks, T

Dec 10, 2008 02:56 AM #8
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