Donít those ads look tempting? You know the ones Ė theyíre trying to get you to buy the latest in processed foods. It has only a few calories, or no trans fat, or no cholesterol or few net carbs or whatever. But youíve made the choice to eat whole foods. Or these goodies will put you over your plan for the day. Week. Or set you off on a binge.
Letís hold on a second. Whatís going on here? Review your goals. Ask yourself what you REALLY want. Figure out what the emotion is, and why you’re susceptible to the ads. Go drink some water. Breathe. Do whatever you have to do to calm yourself down [can you tell Iím being tempted?]
All better? LETíS HAVE A REWARD! But instead of diving headfirst into the candy dish on Jonathanís bossís desk, letís look at what people who are trying to break other habits do. And in this case, Iím thinking about people who stop smoking.
Many of them take the money they would have spent on cigarettes and stash it in a jar. It adds up fast! With cigarettes costing more than $2.00 a pack at their cheapest, for a pack-a-day smoker, thatís at least $14.00 a week. Or $28.00 a week for people who pay $4.00 a pack.
And how many of us could spend, say, $3.00 a day on not-in-our-best-interests food? So, letís take that empty cookie jar and start stashing the money we could have spent on that stuff. How much could I save by banking the cost of the junk? Perhaps itíll be enough to get me to Paris!
Iím going to try this for a week. Every time I resist temptation, Iím going to deposit the cost in a box. This doesnít mean Iím going to give up chocolate entirely. No sense in being irrational here!
Care to join me?