A few months ago, I realized that my day-to-day management of our finances wasn’t going so well. I wasn’t paying close attention to where our money was going, and as a result, we were overspending.
I began dutifully tracking every single expense. The tracking helped me see exactly what areas of our budget need work, and I was able to trim some unnecessary items from our budget.
And then I got tired of tracking. And I splurged a little on some new clothing. And then I went out to eat a few times. And then I just stopped tracking my expenses.
Likewise, when I started Weight Watchers a few weeks ago, I faithfully wrote down the points values for everything I ate. I watched what I was putting into my body, and I made an effort to work regular exercise into my schedule.
And then life got busy. And I got tired of tracking. And then there was a birthday party at a pizza parlor. And that led to some snacking, And then I just stopped tracking what I was eating.
It’s quite easy to justify these little slip ups. I was too busy. There was a special occasion. There was a great sale.
But in the end, it is about choices. And I have no one to blame but myself for the choices I made. No one held a gun to my head and made me buy a new shirt. No one forced me to eat that third slice of pizza. I made those choices.
And now I have to live with the reality that the choices I made will slow down my progress toward my goals. I want to be a better manager of our money. I want to lose 20 pounds. Neither of those is going to happen if I don’t start making better choices.
There is no “get rich quick” plan that works. There’s no “lose weight fast plan” that works. Instead, I have to do the work. I’m the one that needs to take the responsibility. I’m the one who has to learn that if you want something badly enough, you’ll find a way.
If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s this: One little slip-up, can open the door to more and bigger slip-ups. And pretty soon, those slip-ups form a great big snowball that gets bigger as it rolls downhill.
I’m taking a time-out. I’m re-visiting my goals. And I’m going to get back in the game.
About Christina Brown
Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.