Wednesday, February 09, 2011
As a newly-minted CPA, this is my first tax season. My plan since I switched from audit to tax last May was to get a system firmly in place well ahead of tax season so that the insanity that is a CPA office from February to April wouldn't derail me.
Obviously, based on my recent (non) weight loss, that system is not in place. I know lots of tax CPA's who just expect that they will gain 10-20 pounds during tax season and plan to make up for it the rest of the year. Except most of them don't manage to lose in May - December everything they gained in January - April.
That's not going to be me. I refuse to use tax season as an excuse to do the things that got me to 270 pounds! Yes, I will be working 50ish hours per week in the office and then up to another 10 from home. Yes, I will usually not pull into my driveway until 7:30 - 8:00 in the evening. But none of that means that I have to give myself permission to snack on junk and fast food for 10 hours - or to camp out on the couch with another meal of junk/fast food from the time I get home until I finally roll myself to bed.
I'm not going to expect myself to be perfect - I don't even manage that outside of tax season when I only work 4 days/week. But I am going to do better than just give in to the stress and use it as an excuse to reinforce my bad habits.
To that end, I have set up a few "Tax Season Treats" to help me get through the Season without a feedbag of Doritos wrapped around my face.
1. I don't work Friday's outside of tax season, so getting up each Friday morning is going to be .... let's say 'not fun'. So - each Friday, assuming that I have stayed on plan Monday through Thursday, I will stop on the way to work at Panera, Subway or Dunkin Donuts and treat myself to a yummy breakfast. Panera has a French Toast Bagel Breakfast Sandwich that is absolutely heavenly - 660 calories. At Subway I can get a Egg & Cheese Omelet Flatbread sandwich with bacon - 485 calories. Finally, Dunkin Donuts has a Egg White Turkey Sausage Wake-Up Wrap - 150 calories. They look small, so I can have 2 for 300 calories.
2. Bottled Diet Mountain Dew - I drink waaaay too much diet soda. There is no need for argument or lectures - I know and it's not up for discussion. Anyhoo- even though I love Diet Mountain Dew (particularly in the bottle), buying Coke Zero by the case is a much more cost effective way to fuel my soda habit. So bottled Mountain Dew is a fairly rare treat. All this to say - during tax season I am going to keep my fridge stocked with 12 oz bottles of Diet Dew. I am only allowed 2 per day at most, which provides a nice pick-me-up in the early afternoon and/or early evening.
I'm also going to continue with my year-round strategies that work well when I stick to them - minimal (at most) eating lunch out, alternate bottles of water with soda, a drawer of 100-calorie pack yummies, and mini-goal rewards every 10 pounds or so.
So... that's the plan. If you think of additional treats/rewards (relatively inexpensive) I could add to help me stay on track during the Season, all suggestions would be welcome.