Monday, June 7, 2010
What To Do Instead - Running The Numbers, Part One
Sometimes I just need to be distracted from eating, thinking, ruminativing, obsession, whatever is bring me down. That being said, the distraction shouldn't be destructive - first, do no harm. I don't want to turn to food if I'm obsessing and I don't want to turn to excessive shopping to distract myself from over-eating. I don't want to acquire "stuff", so recreation shopping isn't an answer - it creates clutter AND reduces your finances. We all need financial freedom and power in our lives. There are, however, ways to spend a little something on an item that is actually useful, so I've included those here.
As an example, when I was trying to quit smoking, the worst time was evenings after work. So my strategy was when I couldn't stand it anymore, I would get in my car and drive to the garden center and buy a 6-pack of pansies (I quit in winter, so they were in stock) and come home and plant them. The cost was gas, obviously, and about a buck forty eight for the pansies. Plus, it took more than an hour to complete the task. If I was still craving, I would repeat the process. It didn't cost me a lot of money, it did do some good for the "curb appeal" of my home and most importantly, I had a plan of action to take. I KNEW what to do - a little re-wiring/re-programming was happening. So here goes my list so far:
1. Crosswords - I do several onlines and have a big NYT book
2. Walk To Target - dinner prep
3. Go to bookstore to browse
4. Go to library to borrow
5. Starbuck's for a Tall Skinny Vanilla Latte (rare treat)
6. Bike Ride
7. Go to the park and feed the ducks
8. Buy a new pair of panties - okay, this one just hit me yesterday and I think it's absolutely brilliant. Yes, we all know that I love my patagonia panties, but I like having some fancy-pants, too. Not that anyone but me will ever see my drawers, but that's not the point. I can go shopping at Ross, Target, Marshall's, wherever and buy myself one pair of fancy panties - probably for less than 5 bucks on the clearance rack. And then I can come home and toss that saggy-assed, raggedy pair with the bad elastic. One item in, one item out.
9. Read a book of fiction
10. Go to the gym
That's the first ten. There are more where that came from.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Distraction is the better part of valor.