Inspiration can come from the least likely of places. Whether it’s the Costco Connection magazine, or a thrifted 1940′s wartime scrapbook, (more on that in a later post) inspiration is everywhere!
I love magazines, but I try to stay away from costly and cluttery subscriptions. I did succumb to a Better Homes and Gardens subscription in a weak moment, as it was only $5, (plus I was able to use Amazon credit I earned through Swagbucks.) The current issue has an article where “Health Stars” dole out health advice that is mostly not up my alley whatsoever. (I could care less about being skinny. So no, Bob Harper, author of “Jumpstart to Skinny,” I will not be purchasing any turkey and swiss sandwiches, only to throw the bread away. But thanks for the wasteful tip all the same.)
However, there was a health tip from Harley Pasternak, “personal trainer to stars like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Megan Fox and Katy Perry,” where he explained how he treats himself:
“I want to eat chocolate chip cookies every single day. But I don’t buy a box and keep them at home. Instead, when I’m craving one really badly, I make it a special event. I go out and find the best, most delicious chocolate chip cookie to eat. It ends up being so satisfying that the craving doesn’t hit again for a few days.”
I kind of love this mindset. Not for weight management mind you, as chocolate chip cookies are meant to be baked at home in units of dozens, not purchased as a single unit.
I like the mindset of holding back until you can buy the best.
This technique translates well into areas beyond dieting. How many of us haven’t frittered away a dollar here and a dollar there to the point where the money and space simply doesn’t exist for the big expenditures? A process of holding off on purchases until we find exactly what we want. It means that a number of my household belongings are “place holders” that serve a functional purpose until I can find the exact, thriftiest and most beautiful items to welcome into my home.
I do not grab trendy low quality stuff from Target, instead I wait until I can find classic higher quality equivalents from Goodwill.
Impulse purchases are guilty of both A) draining our bank accounts and B) cluttering our homes. And by buying that the cheap box of dry chocolate chip cookies, we rob ourselves from having the resources for the “most delicious chocolate chip cookie.” Whether that cookie is paying the mortgage or buying the couch of our dreams.
Do you find yourself filling up on dry store brand cookies instead of holding out for the gourmet? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.