Oh yes, one of my resolutions was to start using coupons. Doesn't everyone, you say? Surprisingly, no. I discussed this with my Mom over the holidays, and she said she uses coupons. Funny, I never recall her using them ... ever. So maybe I just didn't pay attention at the grocery store? I don't know if it has just never occurred to me to use them, or Im just lazy.
I have a funny comparison to talk about coupons. I have been to the grocery store 4-5 times since I wrote my resolution blog, and not once did I use a coupon. Because Im not in the habit. I received a SonicCare SpinBrush toothbrush for Christmas (wait for it - this will make sense). I was super excited, even though its vibrating and weird, and slightly nauseating the first time I used it (some of you know that I have a pretty strong motion sickness problem). So the first night, I opened it and used it and it was great. The very next morning, we had to run out the door, and I pull my hair into a pony, throw on my shoes, brush my teeth, run into the kitchen to pour some to-go coffee .... and my mom is just looking at me. Yeah, I just grabbed the manual toothbrush. Totally forgot about the totally awesome SpinBrush (and yes, I would like sponsorship money from SoniCare).
Ok back to the point. I have not used those coupons because I wasn't used to it. It takes just a little bit of preparation. I had to visit the websites, and check the Sunday coupon page, and put them in my purse! And THEN, I have to remember to LOOK to them when Im at the store, and actively choose those items to purchase. No, I probably won't use all of them. But if I can just get this far, I feel like I can get into the habit. I mean, I make a grocery list! I should be able to check the websites once a week for coupons I may use. I guarantee Im not going to remember to check before I leave work when I have an urge to make stir-fry and have to pick up the ingredients on my way home from work.
And this really ties into everything else - changes can be made with a little bit of prep. Cut out coupons (couponing). Have a grocery list ahead of time and stick to it (weight loss). Print out your gym hours and group class schedule (get fit).
So good luck - let me know what you do to prep for changes
(By the way, I do have a good exercise tracking spreadsheet for activity changes)
Peace. Love. Serene.