Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Defining the line between want and need

You know, there's always that feeling that you need to have a treat to curb that sweet tooth (which has some explaining to do to your ass) or the need to sit and watch one more episode on Netflix (again, your ass is suffering) or the need just hit the drive thru since the day was so crazy you didn't have time to plan anything...

Then there's the feeling that you want to be healthy, you want to be fit, you want to feel amazing.


I have figured out (beating my head against the wall didn't last that long this time) that what I want and what I need are two separate and usually backwards things. I don't want to be healthy, I need to be healthy, etc. I figured this out while sitting on the couch, watching Netflix, feeling like I needed a treat because my sweet tooth was screaming at me. And it hit me like a ton of fat... what the fuck am I doing? Why am I just sitting here, when I could be doing something about getting healthy?

Even if I watched Netflix, I could jog in place, or do sit ups or a number of other indoor activities while I watched. Funny thing is, did I get up immediately and start moving? Well... kinda. I had to go make dinner for the family. But I did move around a lot while I was in the kitchen, doing calf raises, and counter push ups and what not... I need to start utilizing my time better.

I will admit, since the first of the year, I have stopped drinking soda (a HUGE deal for me, since I was drinking almost 12 a day) and I have severely cut back on the sweets. I'm still struggling at work, because of the vending machine, but I'm putting a plan into place that should help. I think my friend Karen at What's In Our Lunch Bags? can guide me some. She is amazing! I have made other changes with the way I eat as well, and I will soon start jogging. Progress for progress sake!


  1. apparently in the internet ate my comment....

    I love that quote "never give up, never surrender" it's from one of my favorite movies. And I love your realization of want vs need. I need to have that same realization.

    1. I hate it when the internet does that! And that's where I got the quote from, its one of my favorite movies too!

      I figure if I can continue to make changes, and continue to realize the true meaning of want and need, then I can make this happen.

  2. This is something I need to work on as well.

    Congrats on stopping the pop! I'm coming up on my 4th anniversary of stopping and don't miss it at all!

  3. Thanks Jennifer! And congratulations on 4 years free of the bubbly devil lol! I had quit when I was pregnant with my son and I lasted 2 years without drinking any soda. Then somehow I started up again. I've quit a few times since then, but never for as long. This time I will make it stick! I hate the way it makes me feel.