I finished "A Year Without" on February 17, 2007. I bought 15 things that year: 2 replacement capri pants, 1 pair replacement jeans, 1 pair of black pants -& jacket-& shirt-& shoes (justified because I was going to a writing conference and just had too look great--I can justify anything) 2 flats of flowers, 3 books on writing (again the same justification) and 3 hair color appointments.
All in all it was fun--it felt like a game. The only hard time was Christmas. I really wanted a special Christmas outfit, but it was so close to the end I was able to hold on.
It turned out that not buying things wasn't hard for me, because it isn't my true weakness. I knew at the time that the experience would have to be repeated and would have to address more directly my core weaknesses.
Well that time has come baby! I am ready!
I'm still left with a weight problem and an ability to waste an immense amount of time. So here goes--I exhale deeply and wonder if I really am ready. Yes, I am. This year I will form a two pronged attack on my two greatest problems.
First, I will not eat sugar: candy, cakes, brownies, cookies etc. for one year. Second I will stay away from refined carbohydrates: white flour, rice etc. Third, I will only eat foods with a fat content of 4g or less per serving. One exception and this may seem like a cop-out, but on the 17th of each month I may eat anything I want! (17 is my favorite number!)
Second prong attack--this is giving me pause. Give me a moment to collect myself. This has already been hard this morning. . . . .I will not watch television for one year. I watched an Oprah years ago with Alice Walker (whom I love) and she said something like, and I approximate the quote here, "Why do people let television steal their dreams." I've thought about that a lot since then. I have dreams and I think I am one of those people. I have a DVR and I can watch an enormous amount of t.v. really fast. I can fit two dramas into an hour and feel so good about myself because I've managed my time so well. Then, I come to realize that I'm watching 3 times as many shows because of it--and I'm hooked.
Sometimes desperate times require drastic measures.
This may kill me--no Law & Order, Jack Bauer, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, Star Trek re-runs (I know I'm really laying out all my special secrets here), CHUCK, The Office, 30 Rock, surreptitious views of an occasional General Hospital (a remnant of my childhood), and the list could go on and on and on. Yep, that's it, I wrote it down. Seriously--my heart is pounding as I write this--it feels as if I've stepped off a cliff.
These shows will be out on DVD next year, won't they?
I don't know if it's possible to take two crutches away at one time. I may be crawling through 2009, but I'm going to do my darnedest!