Every time we see something of larger monetary value (for my house anything over $20 that's a want) then, we take a pic or a note in our smart phone of that stores price, etc. When I get home I research when I think of it or as I look at ads etc. Generally, I put off even researching it and when we finally remember it we either realize we didn't need or want it, bought it but saved money, or otherwise. It really helps curb impulse purchases.
I went into a jacuzzi wearing a sterling silver necklace and it turned BROWN! I had warn this necklace for 4 years and this had never happened before! Here's how I fixed it:
As an emotional eater, I am constantly sneaking in positive reminders to myself in various formats. I particularly like when my mobile phone calendar alarm sounds off at 6:00am with a daily motivational reminder like: “Act as if today is a great day!” or “Act as if I am strong, lean, healthy, and sexy”.
I've always beat myself up for failing in the past because I couldn't do it all day one. I decided this time I'm chunking this down and keeping it simple. When I get overwhelmed trying to make a bazillion changes at once, I bring it back to basics. ODAT doesn't seem like so much!
I have found that if I am feeling a bit down, one way that I help myself is to leave a SparkGoodie for a friend or if Ileave a supportive message on a blog or a page. It's a great way to tuen around my own feelings as well and I love doing it!!
I got some good advice from a good friend yesterday and I realized that it pertains to a healthy lifestyle and exercise and eating well, as well as the "good living" it was intended for. Take time to have fun--if our lives aren't including fun, we are missing out on something important.
It is true--if it is worth having or doing, it is worth waiting for. We have to plan and organize vacations, weight losses, a healthy lifestyle, summer break...It is important to take your time and do these things well.
It is very important to make goals--make them "do-able," measureable, straightforward, fit you and your needs... Then publish them--share them here on SP, post them in places to remind you of what you are working towards.
If you find yourself in a situation in which you must make a choice of what to do or how to spend your time, it is very important that you put your own needs up high on the priority list--not at the bottom. Others in your life need you well-rested and healthy too!
Sometimes when things are tricky, we struggle to resolve the issue all by ourself. That takes a lot of energy, time and can lead to frustration when just asking someone can get you the answer right away. Ask somebody!! Here at SP, there are lots of people who will lend a hand.
If I take time to think about things, I can find ways to talk myself out of doing what is most likely best for me. I plan my coming day the night before and then, I just do the things I have planned for. They are non-negotiable!!
i used to drink a lot of caffeine free diet soda--In order to get more water in, I made a rule for myself that I couldn't have a soda until I had finished my 8 glasses of water first. That helped me to build a healthy habit...and now, I rarely drink soda ever.
This covers a lot of topics and breaks down a lot of big tasks that can take a lot of time into manageable pieces. For example, if you cannot take an hour or more to exercise, do it in ten minute pieces throughout your day. The same goes for time at SP, check in and read or write a bit at a time.