With your spouse or partner, make a pact that you will not spend more than $XX without consulting each other. This will prevent impulse spending, give yourself time to rethink a large purchase, and allow another point of view before dishing out a large sum. Your partner may also remind you that a large bill (car or life insurance, for example) is due that you had forgotten about. Together you can.... (click title for more info)
negotiate a reasonable amount based on your household income. For some couples, that might be $50, for others $500 or $5000. If you find it hard to compromise, each individual can write down the high & low amounts they find reasonable. Then compromise on a middle figure.
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When I started my journey I was great following healthy foods and giving up all the "junk" foods I was eating...then the "cravings" started... I wanted to eat everything...that was full of fat and carbs and so high in calories it was going to put on 20 lbs in one meal!!~~ Started to chat to myself...lol...I do that often...AND made a pact with myself...that IF I hit a mini-goal...I would "Treat" myself to ONE of those cravings~~BUT I had to go right back to my healthy foods....334
So Along comes first mini goal...I had my "fatty fast food treat" and DID go right back on my healthy eating plan....then set another Mini goal....and started "PLANNING" my next "treat"... May not be everyone's Cup of Tea...but it motivated me to get to each new mini-goal and I lost 90 lbs~224
I have made a pact with myself that I will eat mostly whole type foods. It's great b/c they tend to be more filling and lower in calories. It took me some time to get used to not having processed food and junk, but now I crave fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats. I do indulge in some processed foods, but I try to make them healthier things like tofu and lighter cheeses.
I made a pact with myself that I would only make changes to diet or exercise that I was willing to and knew that I COULD do forever. I did Atkins before and failed, gained it all back plus more ... this time I did it with more vegetables and smaller portions, and while I am still working on losing more, I have lost 80 lbs and have maintained that for six months. I'm still eating the way I did in the beginning and now I love my vegetables and crave them if I miss them.
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