Saturday, October 25, 2014
OK - now this one does have some resonance with me! Chapter 16 in Linda Spangle's book '100 Day of Weight Loss' is entitled "Nurturing power of food".
So, with food, I have almost got this down now............. it is also about just having a small amount, the stopping. With food, it is so obvious - feel upset, reach for the food-you'd-rather-not-eat and stuff your face in an attempt to 'comfort' oneself. Does it work? Der...... nope! It leaves you feeling worse than before.
With money, it's THE SAME! (for me, anyway) ..................... soothing myself with spending can work for a short while, then I feel terrible because I've wasted money, or over-spent, or both!
So - as with food, the trick is to (1) recognise the emotions then (2) decide how I want to respond to it and (3) remind myself that eating/spending is probably NOT what I really need to do to nurture myself when I feel upset.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Day 15 was one of my least-favourite days when I was first working through this book (100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle). It was called 'First two bites' and the task was to take just two bites of a FAVOURITE food - then stop! The idea being that most cravings are satisfied in the first two bites - the novelty, flavour, sensations etc being strongest then.
I did manage to do the activity - I bought a cookie from the bakery, ate two bites and threw the rest away. However, it was deeply unsatisfying, and set me off on a bit of an eating jag for a few days!
I can see only too well how this principle can be applied to finances! If there's something you crave buying - then buy just a small amount, or just a small item, or just one purchase - then STOP! The thrill of making a purchase is similar to the thrill of eating a favourite food. And the tendency for one thing to lead to another, is the same too! Say I buy a second-hand pair of jeans in a charity shop, I am then likely to go on and 'treat' myself to a coffee and flapjack in the nearest cafe, and later perhaps buy a jumper to go with it.............. and before I know it........I've blown the budget, much like blowing the diet plan!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Day 14 of '100 Days of Weight Loss' is called 'Morning affects evening': in food terms this is about not skipping breakfast, which can result in evening eating due to hunger.
How do I relate this to money? Maybe it's deciding what the day's expenditure will be, and not starting the day by stopping at the shop and buying something unnecessary. Or maybe it's about not bothering to go to the shop when I needed to, then having to rush in after work and pick up stuff that maybe I didn't intend to buy?
Either way - the message is about planning in advance, keeping an eye on the 'fuel tank' and not getting ravenous for food or for shopping for food!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The last two days I've been veering off-piste food-wise...................... which is kind of frustrating after being on-track for quite a while now. It wasn't anything massive really - but I did have a biscuit-bar someone had left in the sleep-in room, then said 'yes' to the offer of another biscuit later on in the day....... then I was really hungry late in the evening (at work) and accepted a bag of maize snacks! The next day I got home from work hungry at about 1.30pm - toasted a bagel with cheese on top before dashing out again - on the way to my friend's house I bought a chocolate bar - then at her house she served scones with jam and cream. In the evening I had a very nice beany chilli with some tacos ------------ but before bed-time I ate the rest of the bagful of tacos............ hmm......... then today I felt hungry at work again, and ate some cookies!
So - on my way home this evening, I stopped at the shop and bought peppers, hummus, cheese, natural yoghurt, berries, oranges, celery ........... because I must STOP this crazy eating phase!
I think I know the reason for it - firstly I'm short of money, so I've been relying on carbs to feed myself and cutting down on the fresh stuff - and although I planned my meals, I didn't incorporate sufficient protein, especially in my snacks.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Day 13 is called: Oops, I forgot to eat!
With food this is about remembering to eat at regular intervals so I don't get OVER-hungry and then grab whatever is to hand.
With money this could be about paying attention to what's coming in and out, remembering to pay bills, transfer money to savings, read the electricity meter etc - basically not letting things slide so that there is then a mad panic.
Or it could apply to my goal of saving - save at regular intervals, so I don't suddenly realise there is something I need the money for and I have to go over-board to pay it.
Oops! I forgot to plan my menus, means I eat chaotically AND over-spend on last-minute food.
Oops! I forgot to do my monthly budget might mean I draw out money optimistically on pay-day and then have to scrimp for the rest of the month.
Oops! I forgot to do my exercise this morning!
I've definitely got to try to cut out the 'Oops! I forgot' in every area of my life!
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