|Shopping Diet- n. Deciding not to shop (and save instead) while you lose weight
so that you are buffer and richer at the end of it
The resolution that I have been working the most has been getting in shape physically and financially. I write here at What I Really Wear about fashion and style for a woman on a (tight!) budget, but I also blog about personal finance over at Earning My Two Cents. Another one of my resolutions this year is to save enough money to go to my sister’s wedding this summer and not put it on plastic or take out a loan.
You guessed it: Sister’s Wedding + England = I need to look my best in a bridesmaid dress and need to pay my way across the pond.
So since the beginning of the year I have been working out more and trying to eat better and I have lost 2 pounds! Hooray for progress!
You always have to have a plan to reach a goal and my weight loss plan includes tracking what I eat (everything, including jelly beans) using the FatSecret app to help me stay around 1500 calories a day, using the Pact app (formerly GymPact) to motivate me to go to the gym, and not snacking after dinner (this is a big downfall for me).
Another motivation that I am giving myself is banning myself from buying new clothes until I lose weight. Part of that is trying to give myself something to work towards, another part of it is not spending money on clothes that will be too lose in a few months. I bought a Groupon to Banana Republic/Old Navy and am not allowing myself to spend it until I make progress.
Here’s why not shopping until the scale drops works for me:
1. I am only trying to lose 10-15 lbs. This is totally reasonable for me and I should be able to attain it in a few months. After losing the weight most of my clothes will still fit, but they will just fit better. Of course, if you are planning to lose multiple pant sizes, you are going to need to shop as you hit smaller sizes.
2. Shopping for bigger clothes = Rationalization. For me, going out and purchasing a new pair of jeans because my old ones got too tight is just rationalizing the new weight and making its stay permanent. I do not need to make these extra few pounds feel comfortable so that they want to stick around. Sure, I have a pair of jeans that are so uncomfortable now that they just make me cranky to wear them. So I don’t wear them and I wear skirts and clothes that are more forgiving. Every woman has a larger size pair of jeans and loose tops in their closet for those days when we need some extra space in our waistband.
3. Saving By Not Shopping. January is a huge sale season and boy is it tempting to shop. But buying new clothes now and losing weight will mean that they may not fit in the future and then its time to purge them from my closet along with the cash from my wallet. Sure I can buy shoes and accessories, but I really need to save money to go to my sister’s wedding so this is a win, win.
4. Shopping Can Be an Incentive. I love shopping. I love scouring sales racks for hours and bringing home my new (heavily discounted) find victoriously. And because I love it I am banning myself from it. Cruel? Not really. I see it as an incentive. I want to do something (shop) and I can’t do it until I do something else (lose weight). It’s the same principle of not getting dessert until you eat your vegetables (the only way I will eat them, unless they are smothered in cheese). So dangling the shopping carrot in front of my face keeps me moving and moving keeps the scale dropping.
5. No Shopping = Creative Remixing. Not shopping means I have to get more creative if I want a “new” outfit. That’s what this blog is all about anyway so I am getting those synapses firing and trying out new outfit combinations. Being creative and feeling good about what I am wearing leads to increased self-esteem and helps me feel energized to tackle the day. You don’t have to have new clothes to feel great about what you are wearing, you just need some creativity!
What incentives do you use when you are trying to get in shape? Have you even put yourself on a shopping diet?
If you want to join in on the shopping diet please comment below and we can be blog buddies and write about it!