I've noticed from patterns in

I've noticed from patterns in my own life that putting on weight and gaining personal debt is relatively easy while dropping weight or paying off debt is difficult. It's no surprise to see America has both personal debt problems and weight problems.

What makes it a struggle is that gains are made only after prolonged, cautious control of either diet or spending. It's a thankless uphill that takes seemingly forever to climb with no real benefits in the short term. It's insanely easy to splurge, either having a big meal or going on a spending spree, and lose weeks or months of progress in an instant.

After spending my way through college, I'm finally climbing almost completely out of debt, and weight is next on the agenda. It feels great to send those final bills, and even better to cancel credit cards I no longer need, but damn was it a long, hard, wasteful road getting there.