Friday, August 4, 2017

Amazon Prime is not the addict's friend

In the sweet little movie Mumford, the main character pretends to be a psychiatrist and treats patients in a small American town. One of his patients is an affluent woman whose addiction is catalog shopping. A whole large room in her McMansion is filled with unopened boxes from Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, you get the picture. She doesn't care about the stuff itself; it's the acquisition that does something for her.

I'm not that far gone. I don't buy stuff I can't use, stuff on a whim, stuff because it's on sale, stuff that I might need in the mythical someday. But if I need something, I got straight to Amazon Prime. No delayed gratification for this girl. And as a recovering food addict, delayed gratification is a muscle I need to build.

I know that awareness is the first step. I'm aware. Now to step into non-action.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Oh, I know that one well, too! Since losing all the weight I needed to thanks to Bright Line Eating my "clothes shopping genes" are alive and well, getting excited, and ready to shop. However, I'll have to wait until I arrive in Canada (from Mexico where I now live) until I can try on clothes to make sure they fit me. Of course, I justify it because my big clothes no longer fit me. What to do!

Maybe you could set a timer on your phone calendar for two days into the future and then you can check inside to see if you still want the item? Just an idea that I've used for postponing my urge to have a snack (set time for 1/2 hour).