Finances have made the need for frugality even more necessary and this year 2010 is going to see a lot of belt tightening - in more ways than one, hopefully!
One change: meal planning. In theory it seems like a no-brainer, and I've read for years about how it's necessary to do in order to keep on track with any kind of food budget. I've had some half-hearted attempts at it in the past, but I finally buckled down and have done it, successfully, for the last two weeks. This will be week three, and I can say it's been liberating, and just plain hard, all at once. They say it takes doing something new 21 days before it becomes ingrained as habit.....so it should be easier next week, right?
The upside to this is that I'm cooking more from scratch and relying less on processed, prepackaged foods....not to mention less fast food. Which, of course, not only saves money but is much, much healthier.
So, the other belt tightening is literal! Now that I'm over my bad cold (which had turned into bronchitis) I'm really watching what I'm eating more and hitting the treadmill once again.
It's been a challenge to stay motivated, with both the weight loss goals, and pinching pennies.....and I've only really just begun! I've realized that what I'm lacking is patience.
Once I make my mind up to do something, I get all fired up and overly-enthusiastic, ready to plunge in head first and make it happen, NOW! The problem is.....losing weight, and saving money, take awhile. There is no snapping one's fingers and fixing in an instant something that took years to go wrong. It's a slow, daily slog....which after time has passed, one can look at the bank balance, and scale balance, and see progress, but in the meantime, everyday life has to happen and it can feel like everything's going at a snail's pace and I want to bang my head in frustration that it's not happening faster. The enthusiastic novelty and rush of plunging in dies down and reality sets in.
Instant gratification.....that's what we've become slave to in our modern world, and I admit to it as well. Not only do we want our food in less than a minute in the drive-thru, we want to shed 50 lbs overnight without having to work at it so we look to the latest fad diet pill to solve the problem. It's madness!
How do you stay motivated to accomplish something that's gonna take a while?