I don't have a lot of weaknesses but I readily admit that I lack willpower; That's why I'm overweight and have too much yarn. However, I believe one of the keys to life is knowing which battles to fight and which battles to leave be. Below are two personal battles I've learned to leave be:
Useless battle #1: Yarn Diets
Yeah, for me this is a useless battle. First of all, KnitPicks sends such pretty catalogs that it really doesn't make sense for me to try to stay on a Yarn diet. Second, I'm on Ravelry. Ravelry is no friend to dieters. Third, I have this bad habit of reading knitting blogs and seeing lovely finished items using covet-able yarns. Yeah, no yarn diets for me.
Since I don't believe in Yarn Diets, I studiously save for my yarn shopping sprees. I setup a separate account in ING Direct for my yarn and every two weeks I put a little bit more money in the account. That way, when I go crazy, I feel better knowing that I have the money already set aside for this. Yeah. . .my yarn has a line item in my budget but groceries doesn't. That falls under "Home".
Unfortunately for my willpower, Elann sent a message saying that they would have Noro Sock yarn for $11.38, limited colorways, but ...come ON! It's Noro! I used to hate this sock yarn, but once I made a pair and they felted to my feet, I fell in love. I had to jump on that. So, I checked out the yarn, decided on the colorways I wanted, and waited for the sale to open....
It took less than 8 hours for Elann to sell out of every colorway except 2! I know that knitters are a rapacious bunch, but my god, 8 hours?!?!?! So, I put two lonely skeins in my cart, then decided that buying two skeins was a waste of the US Postal Service's time, so I added a few more skeins until I had nearly $50. No use buying what I didn't have a plan for.
On a lark, I decided to check the ING bank balance to see how much damage I was doing....I should not have done that. I had barely had spent about 10% of what was in there. So over to KnitPicks I go.
By 11:59PM on Tuesday night, I spent $190 on yarn....and I don't feel the slightest bit of guilt. I love that feeling.
Useless Battle #2: Food Diets
Look, let's get this straight: I have no intention of being overweight all my life. However, living in New York right now is not doing anything to help me lose weight. I am living across from Lincoln Center, so there is a plethora of amazing dining establishments all around me. I don't fight the feeling; I go to dinner. So, I feel pretty good about the fact that I've only gained 10 pounds. . .umm, OK 30 lbs, but 20 of that was the constantly fluctuating pounds that it took me 6 months to lose and only one dinner to regain. So as far as I'm concerned, I've gained 10 pounds.
So why is this a losing battle? Well, I'm a traveling consultant. I live in restaurants. I don't have access to a kitchen when I stay in Lincoln Center, so I enjoy the takeout options available. Now, what I do feel guilty about is the fact that I won't go to the perfect adequate gym downstairs.