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Partway Mini-Goal Lesson

February 18th, 2015 at 08:24 pm

I'm not even quite halfway through my mini-goal time period, but I've definitely learned something over the last two+ days. I make up a lot of excuses:
-I got up four times in the night, I deserve Starbucks.
-Kids had a bad morning so I didn't get breakfast, got to run through McDonalds.
-I solved a tricky work problem, a sub doesn't sound bad.
-Running late and husband didn't follow meal plan, so I should just pick up fast food on way home.
...And so forth.

Luckily, every time I mentally made an excuse, I recognized it and squashed it. I haven't spent a dime yet. I really don't spend that much normally, but depriving (using term loosely) seems to amplify it. Really showing that I was actually having an issue with it. I think the toughest part is realizing how often I do it and recognizing WHY.

It's almost as if I make myself out entitled to get these "little" things. Tired, buy something. Stressed, buy something. Need a victory, buy something. Usually fast-food related. Not healthy mentally or physically.

At the very least, it is something to ponder. I'll need to come up with a new stress/celebratory thing. That in itself is hard. Food has always been a comfort, convenience, and a reward thing.

5 Responses to “Partway Mini-Goal Lesson”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    That sounds like some great observations.

    I think too often "good habits" are confused with "discipline." If you can break those habits, over time you won't even think about it.

  2. TarWalker Says:

    That's a really good point. I wonder how long I'll have to work at breaking this habit before I reach the point of not thinking about it.

  3. snafu Says:

    Experience taught me it's helpful to have a 'Plan B' when things go awry. Difficult mornings can be eased by plan B, with items like Breakfast cookies or muffins stashed in a bread bag in the fridge freezer/deep freeze to grab with home made coffee in a promo travel mug + whatever fruit is at hand. DH agreed to be in charge of coffee set up, immediately after dinner or last thing before bedtime routine. He's downstair 1st so merely flips the switch whether regular coffee pot or pod machine.

    Preferred Plan B for dinner here is cheap, simple CrockPot Chili, frozen in Zip boxes, easily thawed in micro, with bagged salad, crackers/bread/rolls and instant pudding. salad items, grilled cheese sandwiches, jello or ice cream as available. Keep DKs busy filling celery sticks with peanut butter and a few raisins.

    Hope you pick 2 Plan B's your family will eat and reduce your stress. Oatmeal breakfast cookies or Oatmeal muffins are easy peasy to make in batches and freeze, ready and waiting for you to need them

  4. snafu Says:

    Alternate dinner in-in-a-hurry: canned tomato soup, bagged [any] salad items, grilled cheese sandwiches, jello or ice cream as available. Keep DKs busy filling celery sticks with peanut butter and a few raisins.

    sorry, my computer is dropping clauses

  5. chloe Says:

    Great self-realizations, and even better that you were still able to stick to your plan to not spend.

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