As I was shopping online (and overspending like crazy, I might add), I happened upon an article on CNN Money. It had to do with budgeting and it included some good strategies about coming up with a budget and sticking to it. A handful included:
- Budgets are necessary.
- Creating a budget generally requires three steps.
Identify how you’re spending now
Set goals that take into account your long-term objectives
Track your spending to make sure it stays within those guidelines.
- Spending beyond your limit is dangerous.
- Beware of luxuries dressed up as necessities.
- Don’t count on windfalls.
- Beware of a spending creep.
As I was reading the article, it occurred to me that the strategies sounded strangely familiar – really familiar! Then it hit me like a hammer. Each step mirrored those that we, as Weight Watchers members, take every day to stay on track and within the plan’s guidelines. Scroll up and review each of the strategies again, but this time put your Weight Watchers hat on and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
You don’t need me to tell you (but, of course, I will 😉 ) that this time of year can wreak havoc on our our weight, and possibly our health if we lose focus of our objectives and stray from our game plan. Being mindful will remedy that, though. It’s one strategy that will keep all the others in check.
Don’t let the concept intimidate you. You don’t have to be a Zen master to practice it. I’m certainly not one. Mindfulness is nothing more than being in the moment, paying attention and taking everything in. It’s knowing who we are, what’s going on and what we’re capable of in that moment.
Mindfulness allows us to tap into how good it feels to have a plan and to be in control of ourselves, no matter if we’re entertaining (or being entertained), shopping, wrapping, celebrating, sitting down to dinner or traveling. You’ll be surprised when you practice using all of your senses because food and eating takes on a whole new, wonderful dimension. You no longer eat just to eat. You recognize when you’re really hungry or if you’re just feeding your emotions or giving into an impulse.You pass up on foods or snacks that are just so-so. When you do enjoy a meal or a snack, you savor each bite. You stop when it no longer tastes as good as the first bite. Eating is no longer a free-for-all. You move food down a couple of rungs on the ladder and allow people, traditions, celebrating and life to take its place.
“When one is fully present in the moment, life takes on an incredible richness. This richness cannot compare with even the most decadent of desserts. With mindfulness, life becomes the dessert!” – author unknown