Dining out has always been a financial issue for us. It’s quick, easy and the gratification is instant—for a price. The last couple of months, I have been trying to cut down on that category of our spending and even made a goal not to do it at all in August. That was interesting.
Can you guess what I did? Yep, I stuck with it for the first 22 days and went bingeing on the 23rd. I knew it wasn’t a good idea, but luckily I had some excuses to assist my crazy reasoning:
- I haven’t been to the grocery store and there’s no food at home
- I can’t go to the grocery store hungry or I’ll get junk
- There’s no time, we have to eat out
- I’ve done so good, I deserve it
- Just this one time won’t hurt
- I don’t have any time to cook dinner
- I already screwed up twice today, why not get treats from Dairy Queen
Seriously, they all sound lame as $hit today, but they made so much delusional sense on Tuesday. I managed to eat out 3 times in one day; I had built momentum and kept on going. Now I feel like a total dumb@ss.
It reminds me of when people are on those strict diets and can’t have certain things and how they just deprive themselves until they go nuts. Sometimes when we tell ourselves we can’t/shouldn’t eat or do certain things, it just makes them that much more alluring. We always want what we can’t have, right?
Now, if I would have made my goal regarding eating out differently…like only dining out once per paycheck, things could have been different. We get paid bi-weekly, so about twice per month; we would have had two opportunities to go out. It would have been easier to stick with that opposed to nothing at all. Instead of 3 times in one day (wtf?), two times in one month could have been more than satisfying instead of guilt inducing.
I didn’t only screw up this goal; I had also made another goal for August. It was to lose 10 pounds this month, which is in itself quite a challenge. Add to that an entire day of junk food and an ice cream treat from Dairy Queen and I’m pretty much screwed on 2 goals now.
Am I going to give up and start over next month? H*ll no! I’m going to finish this month without any more dining out, and then reassess that goal next month. I’m also going to continue with my healthy eating and exercise because it makes me feel awesome whether or not I lose weight. Sometimes you just have to pick yourself back up and continue with what’s important to you.
Lesson I Learned: Don’t completely deprive yourself if there’s a possibility of going on a rampage.
Do you ever deprive yourself of anything and end up bingeing?
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