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April 19th, 2015 at 04:12 pm

As I look back at the 40 days I challenged myself to not buy any junkfood, and then the 18 or so days since the challenge ended, I have come to a realization.

For me, there is no middle ground. It has been utterly ridiculous the last 18 days.

The 40 days of the challenge I was able to complete it with very little problems. In fact, I got to the point where I didn't really miss the junkfood. I wasn't exactly any healthier during that time (ER visit and bronchitis anyone??) but that probably would've happened one way or the other.

So I have decided that from this point forward I am not going to purchase any junkfood. I am also not going to participate anymore in the office Treat day (this is partly where I think I got myself in trouble ... all that leftover Easter candy people brought to share ... made me want more, more, more!)

I am going to allow myself three exceptions: 1) If someone offers me something/offers to treat me; 2) If I'm out at a restaurant and I *really* want something (such as the vegan place in O - they have some delectable looking deserts) and 3) If it is my birthday, or some other *very* special occasion

None of these exceptions happen very often.

I also cannot go into Family Dollar or Walgreen's or CVS for anything food related. Period.

I have some pretty big financial goals I'm trying to achieve, and spending $50+ a month on junkfood is not going to help me achieve them.

Junkfood = soda, chocolate, ice cream, pastries, candybars, cookies (sugary kind), pies, cakes, etc.

Whenever I start thinking about buying chocolate, etc., I need to think ... is this worth an extra hour answering the phone? Is it worth putting off the house a little bit longer?

I updated my net worth in YNAB today. My one stock has been quite volatile the past few months and I haven't wanted to see just how bad it was ... but today I decided to bite the bullet. When including the stock, my networth decreased $15k from January. Not including the stock, my networth increased about $2500 since January. (I'm not going to sell the stock. Even with the volatility, it still is worth WAY more than the original purchase price of around $22 - 28.)

I went to a free concert Saturday night at my church. It was pretty enjoyable. I even bought a $15 CD from the artist - he is just starting out. (is a member of our church) I was needing a good CD to listen to in the car while the local radio station is doing its pledge drive (didn't they just do that at Christmas? Yikes!)

I think this is the first CD I've bought in at least 4 or 5 years.

8 Responses to “Decision”

  1. Amber Says:

    I refuse to buy junk food, my problem is the BF. If it wasn't for him buying, chips, soda, cookies etc, I'd be okay.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    The less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. I understand your struggle...I do well, then fall off the wagon so to speak.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    That's me too with junk. Please don't ask about my daughter's Easter Basket.

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    I have a major sweet tooth too! I understand.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Your thoughts about junk food and is it worth the cost are flowing in the same way I've been thinking with what I call "money mindfulness", I wrote a post about it this month if you want to read it. I've been tracking my spending all month and working out how long each thing I buy costs in terms of how many hours do I have to work to pay off this thing? It also helps to work what is a valuable expense to me, and makes me appreciate the time spent working to pay for each thing. Keep on analysing, it will help you to spend your money wisely Smile

  6. TD Says:

    Junk food really is addictive - so your struggle makes complete sense. I tend to fall in that "all or nothing" category as well. I think your system will be great for you, both financially and nutritionally! Good luck sticking to it. It will be worth it Smile

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks everyone!

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