Bought sooooooo much stuff that you feel soooooo very guilty for having spent soooooo much money that you feel compelled to bring most if not everything you purchased back to the store?
I'm having one of them moments right now .... particularly after I saw the size of my Credit Card Bill.
Why do I do this????
I'm not talking the "thinking of bringing everything back" issue but... why do I always over-buy?
I over-buy and then I feel bad and then I put myself on a shopping diet. Once I feel that I've been good, I go back and blow it all over again.
Now that I think about it, it's really like Dieting, isn't it? And that's why Dieting doesn't work. Look at Kristie Alley, Oprah, countless other people, including myself. For years, I tried Dieting and I've tried numerous diets - everything from the Cabbage Soup Diet to Atkins to South Beach to Slim Fast. Everything! And like the time and the time before, every time I got to where I needed to be, I'd go back to eating the same way and WHAMMO! I'm suddenly FAT again and I wonder why it happened.
My shopping addition is just like when I was Fat and was trying desperately to lose the weight.
Funny, I've never thought of it that way ever! But it's true! It's soooooo very true! Every time I over-spend, I put myself on a Shopping Ban. My bans last me anywhere between 2 weeks to 2 months. I try to be as good as possible while on a Shopping Ban. Occasionally, I will cheat and buy something or somethings during my Ban. Since I'm not buying much during this period of time, I feel pretty good and figure that I must have saved hordes of money. And as soon as I've gotten to the end of my Ban, what do I do???? The first thing I do is go out and blow a ton of money.
It's getting really ridiculous, really! I have hordes of clothes that still have price-tags on them. Some of them so old that I'll likely never ever wear them ever! Sad isn't it? I can't go to the mall / store / online shop without blowing through several hundred dollars in a single go. Houston, we have a problem.
For years, I had loath the way I looked and felt and despite all those Diets, I could never seem to drop the fat, that was until, I changed my lifestyle. I came to the realization that my fatness was not something I could solve temporarily. In order for me to lose the weight, I needed to change everything about me - the way I ate, the way I thought about food, my level of activity, everything!
So, if that was the answer to my weight-loss, a similar solution must be the answer to my shopping addition, wouldn't it?
Hmmmm.... Let's see... I need to structure this plan no different than I structured my life-altering, Lose the Fat Plan. I will be back with a solution. I need time to think about this.
But first, I need to go to the mall.
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