Yesterday, I decided I needed a week of no Starbucks and no chocolate. Reduced fat chai egg nog lattes have become my necessary evil, and an afternoon pick-me-up is fairly common for anyone who sits at a desk all day, but both of these things are killing my budget and my butt!
Over the summer, I knocked off -14 lbs. Unfortunately, I have since gained +5 back. I’m not mad or sad about it, because I haven’t been working at keeping it off (or losing more), but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to change what is causing this new gain. Fortunately, the culprit is easy to locate. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to squash.
The same way I forced myself to acknowledge my emotional spending, it’s time for me to be honest and say that I am also an emotional eater. You all know how stressed I’ve been the last few weeks and you may also know that I spent most of last weekend eating take-out. See how the two go hand-in-hand!?
I’m sad – I want chocolate. I’m happy – I want Starbucks. I’m stressed – I want pizza. I’m angry – I want wine. And don’t even talk to me when I’m PMS’ing because apparently that’s when I am capable of eating enough food for 3 people.
It doesn’t surprise me that so many personal finance bloggers also discuss their weight loss goals and workout schedules! Many of us are in debt because of splurges on indulgences that we probably could have done without; that includes all take-out coffees and meals. And if you’re like me, you sit around and enjoy it rather than work it off, and you’re left with a few extra debt repayments to make as well as 500 more sit-ups to do.
Well, I can’t afford anymore debt repayments. My money is working hard enough, these days! So, what then? I’ve never been one for dieting nor do I think it’s possible to kiss Starbucks goodbye forever… but despite my busy schedule, I can make time to workout. No, not “I can.” I have to. Even if it’s just twice/week, that’ll be better than going on a single run every few weeks. And I need to get back into meal planning. This used to be easy for me but has become a chore since my schedule got so crazy.
Sorry, Starbucks. You are cut for a week. Chocolate, we’re breaking up too. I know we’re going to see a lot of each other in December, but I need to break our ties until then.
What’s one small indulgence you could do without for a while?