February 24, 2015

Setting limits

My life shifted for the better since In Praise of Limits landed in my inbox a few weeks ago.

I let it sit in my inbox for a bit. It lingered in my head a lot longer. Then I decided to see what it'd be like to set some limits for myself, especially with things I love.

It's easy for me to go overboard. I swing between extremes of deprivation and excess. Neither works well for me. Imposing limits on myself feels like a more moderate approach, so far. Especially when it comes to these three things.

I regularly curl up on the couch to watch a couple episodes when I get home from work. Too often I start watching something and lose track of time until it's time for bed. I haven't entirely figured out how to tuck it in without letting it take over my evening. Watching two or three episodes or making sure I putter around the house before sitting down is shaping up to be my best bet.

Junk food
I've tried going without candy, chocolate and chips for weeks. I have ignored my limits and let myself eat whatever I want, whenever I want. Neither worked well. After buying a couple chocolate bars, some chips and a bag of licorice in one fell swoop, I decided to keep it as my month's quota of junk food. Once it's gone, it's gone. No going out to buy anything else until the next month begins. (Aside from the brand new bag of Mini Eggs Hubs brought home, it's great!)

Cleaning out my closet and giving away four garbage bags of clothes I either didn't love or didn't wear was... eye-opening? At least in regards to how I spend my money. It's easier to make decisions with less and it feels great to have extra cash in my wallet. I'm trying to steer clear of malls until necessary and wrote a list of everything I'd like to buy (running shoes, protein powder, books) and am slowly whittling away at it once I have the cash and find a good deal.

None of this is set it stone but, right now, it feels good to set limits. There's freedom in limits, oddly enough. I feel more balanced and together than I have in a while.


  1. You always inspire me Linds. I love this. I feel like your things were also my things...although I still need to find a man to bring me home a big bag of mini eggs! :)
    an excellent challenge.

  2. Laura, so glad you like it. And the mini eggs really throw a wrench into the plan. So does a table full of cake and squares at work.


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