The First Small Things
Saturday, May 25, 2013
I was going over my checking account today and adding up all the small things.... at least what seemed to be small at the time. I thought back on the day that one of my bosses had a scheduling emergency so I hurried to pick her daughter up at 8 in the evening, had to put her to sleep, had a test that was closing at 10 and still hadn't eaten dinner yet. At the time it seemed like the best choice was to grab fast food on the way so I would have time to put the baby to sleep, take my test and eat dinner before dinner. That $7 added to the 5 coffees I bought in two weeks added to the extra treat was over $30 plus I automatically thought about all the things that I put in my body without even thinking about it. Would it have been that time consuming to make a sandwich, to start a pot of coffee or to make a healthier less expensive treat? The answer is simple, no.
Money is very tight for me, as it is with many others, so I try and keep tight reins on my budget and cut back on any extras. I learned a long time ago that the little treats add-up and usually set a bit aside as not to deprave myself. As I thought about all the small money things it made me think about the small things that I put into my body and how they add up. We have all done it. Walk in the kitchen and there is a bag of chips open. One small chip, two small chips, three small chips all find their way into my mouth.... and that is just one trip into the kitchen. After a filling dinner a craving for something sweet starts leads you to the cabinet to pop a chocolate on your tongue and savor the silky sweetness. Aw! It's late at night and you need (you feel as you need but in actuality you just want.... you want it bad though!), something, you don't know what though. These chips? You have to taste one to find out if its what you desire. No. How about the cheese crackers? A handful in the mouth should tell me if its what I want. No. Peanuts M&Ms? One in each side of my mouth is a good taste tester. Sigh, I don't know. A little tiny bit of each should suffice. Now, the snack bowl just looks junkie. Add three strawberries and that makes it a perfectly healthy night time snack!
Some of you have just read the above scenario and thought that I must be gross. I think that most who read this will have thought, "Oh! Been there, done that." And still others will read this and start judging even though they just went through the same process moments ago and are trying to avoid the kitchen area. The point is, the small things add up! That looks different for every person. An individual has to decide if they are going to have small things add up to big overwhelming gross things or big amazing life-changing things.
There are small things that I can do in my life to add up to big amazing things. A few weeks ago I found different cracker recipes. It may take a little bit of time out of a day but it saves me money and it is healthier... and a surprisingly tastier alternative. When I am craving something sweet instead of raiding the cabinets and freezer I can set aside sweet treats that are healthier or I know how many calories there are. I need to start taking 15 minutes each week to set aside appropriate evening snacks. Right now, a thing as small as a 10 minute walk would be a big thing in my life. Even if I only do one of these small things a day for a while that would be a big thing. My goal right now is to change the small things so that when I look at the big things I smile and am proud of myself and the changes I made.
I will not be overwhelmed and I will change my lifestyle!