I just realized that it is the third of March. I have officially completed the second month of my consumption diet, and I feel about 20 pounds lighter and quite a bit richer. I consider myself a thrifty person. I love deals, so I usually shop around, and often find what I want at a discount.
This hasn’t stopped me from joining the ranks of the average American with a slight shopping addiction. I didn’t think it was an addiction before this experiment. In fact, I honestly had no negative feelings toward my shopping at all. I just wanted a bit of a breather after Christmas. As you may remember, I decided to not do any shopping except for food and other personal necessities for the month of January, and I enjoyed it so much that I pushed it through February.
Well, February has come and gone, and I didn’t even think about shopping once for the month. In January, I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t buying anything, but gradually by the end of the second month, it became second nature. I still have little voices in my head that say: “wouldn’t it be nice to have x, y or z?” But those voices are no longer spoiled little brats that demand to run to the nearest Target now. Instead, they are the voice of calm reason, and 98% of the time this month they very rapidly (almost subconsciously) determined that x, y and z were not as important as I would have easily believed two months ago.
This diet hasn’t been an imposition, as I originally thought that it would be. Instead, it has given me a sense of peace, because I have all of my needs and almost all of my wants met already. When I am so easily distracted by the next thing to buy, instead of being in the moment and realizing that I already have what I need, than I keep finding more and more to want and buy. That takes up more energy in my life than I would like to give to shopping.
I am now saying goodbye to the diet, because I feel that it has worked its magic. I feel stronger, and more invigorated. I am happy with all that I own, and need very little else (except a package of new socks).
For more on my journey through this diet:
- How Did They Do It? Part 2
- My Consumption Diet Is Already on the Rocks
- Back on Track
- Resolution Roundup