Sunday, November 01, 2009
I spent yesterday in town, pretending to be a tourist (we had two cruise ships in port). I had brunch with DH, then browsed the shops. I splurged some calories on three dark chocolate truffles, my once-every-two-months treat. Later in the afternoon, I needed a cold drink - normally I'd have a skim milk latte, but I had already splurged on the truffles, so knew I needed a zero calorie drink - and wanted something more than water.
So - to balance the splurge - and to make the compromise between what I wanted and what I needed - I had a sugarfree Italian soda. You know - the flavored syrup used in designer coffees, but the sugarless flavor (raspberry is my favorite), mixed with sparkling water or club soda, and served over ice. No milk, no nutrition, no calories - just lots of water and lots of flavor. Cold, sweet, tasty, and with as much nutrition (and as many health benefits) as plain old water.
YAY! Brilliant! As I sat in the shop, relaxing after my several hours of walking, sipping my treat, I realized that this is the whole point. BALANCE. COMPROMISE. HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES. EXERCISE. I had parked outside town and walked in (about a mile); I had walked up and down streets and alleys to total an hour; I had balanced my splurge with a healthy alternative, made a compromise between my tastebuds and my brain and caloric quota, and I had come up with a plan.
And I realized that I can do this in life, too. I've been thinking about the upcoming holidays and a family wedding, and wanting a new sparkly dress. Not that I need one, mind you - just wanting one, because I love fashion, I love shopping, I love looking good, I love dressing my new body (well, my old body that I have back again). But, it's difficult to justify a $200 dress when the closet has all sorts of things. So I bought a $60 sequined sweater, which will be my new holiday item - and can dress up a basic black dress, or slacks and top, or any number of outfits. Again, balance and compromise. I found something that will satisfy both my urge to be frugal and my urge to shop.
So - my lesson learned - stop, think, balance, compromise. Every time.