Sometimes Things Are Just a Little Too Convenient For My Own Good!
Friday, August 13, 2010
When I joined a 10 day to stay off the scale for 10 days, I decided to put the scale out of sight for that time. I half-joked that I wasn't sure if I would remember where i had put it after the challenge was over. That old scale had been ruling my feelings and its ups and downs daily were driving me crazy.
I was still looking for some credit cards that I had hidden in the house two months earlier before we went on vacation. Just in case we were robbed while we were away, I wanted to make it hard for a thief to find them. I didn't want to take them with me because i have a tendency to forget my purse in restaurants and I didn't want to worry about it on our trip. My husband still had his cards with him, so no problem.
When we returned home, I looked for the cards, but I couldn't remember where I had hidden them and I searched for two months for those cards. Stores would not let me charge with a card that my husband's name on it, even though it was the same account. It sure put a crimp in my spending.
I did adjust my habits. I went shopping very little and saved money--a good thing. And without the scale in plain sight in the bathroom, I did not weight myself. Yes, I did remember where I had stashed the scale, but it was too much trouble to dig it out from the nether reaches if my closet floor, behind the luggage and storage boxes.
Oh, I finally found the credit cards--yesterday. I had hidden then in an empty coffee container in the back of the cupboard. And I did get out the scale to weight myself.
I figured that for me, I can't make things too convenient it I want to change a habit.
So now, I have taken fattening food and put it where I have to take some trouble to get to it. Nuts have been moved to the downstairs freezer, since I can eat handful's without thinking. Treats are in the basement in sealed plastic bins. And I do not put credit cards in my purse unless I am going to go out to buy a specific item--no impulse shopping.
So I have to plan and think first and decide it I really want a treat, or need to buy something. No more habitual knee-jerk reactions only to regret it later.