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Applying Wisdom from Confessions of a Shopaholic to Losing Weight

I absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella books. They’re light, funny, and about girls who have a humorous track record when it comes to dating. And spending. And being a grown-up.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise I relate well to her main characters.

There’s a part in the shopaholic series where Rebecca Bloomwood is trying to find a balance between money coming in and money coming out. At first, she tries to spend less. And it ends disastrously. She then exercises the only other logical option: make more. This is the solution that works best for her. She’s able to still enjoy shopping (though perhaps not to the same excess as before) and pay her bills.

Replace “budgeting” with “losing weight” and welcome to my non-fiction world. I have two considerations: eat fewer calories, or workout more.

To be honest, I gave the first option the good old college try. And by that, I mean I started my days with the intention of eating well only to end up consuming beer and fried food by the end of the day. So I have to go with the only other logical option: workout more. This is the solution that works best for me. I’m able to enjoying beer and fried food (though perhaps not to the same excess as before) and lose weight.

For me, it’s a balancing act.

But if Rebecca Bloomwood can make it through an entire series and still end up with the ability to shop (and with the guy!), then my God there’s hope for all of us.

Anyone else on the tightrope-walk of dieting and enjoying the foods and drinks you love? How do you find your balance?