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Want vs. Need

I was picking up some food for the house when I saw them.

4 large chocolate cup cakes. Together, cover with lots of frosting. My mouth watered. It is one of my favorite things to eat.

Normally for one the price is $2.99. But today it was $4.00 for all four.

I have been very good on my eating. Staying away from sugars. I been working out at the gym 4 times a week. Starting to lose a little weight.

I told myself, it really for the boys. They would like these delicious cupcakes. And I would make sure the twins wouldn't eat all that sugar. You know it isn't good for them. A little bit for me won't be bad.

I stood there looking at them. Finding all types of reasons to get them. It has been a rough week, it been cold (I need the sugar to stay warm.) I been good, I deserve it.

But when I got down to it, I didn't need it, I only wanted it.

So I put it down and went on shopping.

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Bethany1202 wrote on January 17, 2015, 12:34 PM

You exercised great self control. There truly is a difference between what we WANT and what we NEED. Great post.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 17, 2015, 12:42 PM

Good for you, for having the self-control not to pick up the cupcakes.

Magnolia wrote on January 17, 2015, 12:52 PM

You were very strong. I would have snatched those cupcakes up so fast they would have thought they were struck by lightning. But then I am in perfect shape..if round is still a shape

ChickJ wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:15 PM

Round is a perfect shape. I am sure you are too.

ChickJ wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:16 PM

Not really self-control as just thinking things through.

grandma20121 wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:32 PM

I bet it must have been tempting to buy them and stop some where all by yourself and eat them all , probably not all of them but I am not sure I would of put them back I do not need them either but I am sure I would of wanted them , its great you had the will power to leave them behind.

lucyluuk wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:37 PM

What I need is warm weather, it is so cold here! Those cakes sound well nice - well done on your self control tho emoticon :winking:

nbaquero wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:39 PM

ChickJ You surely did better that most people (including me) would have done in that situation. Especially if it is a low cost item we tend to just follow our wants not our needs.

Deema wrote on January 17, 2015, 1:48 PM

Wow, i thought i was the only one who did that...but i am proud of you! I could never do that

msiduri wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:31 PM

Wow. That was excellent! A thousand excuses could have gone through your head. Sometimes, want is just want. emoticon :smile:

BarbRad wrote on January 17, 2015, 6:11 PM

I have had many of such moments in the grocery stores. But what I tell myself is that it would be so much cheaper to make it if I really want it. When I get home I discover I didn't want it bad enough to spend the time to make it.

seren3 wrote on January 17, 2015, 7:04 PM

Kudos to you. Sugar is as addictive as heroin. Never underestimate it!

Koalemos wrote on January 19, 2015, 11:12 AM

I would not have hesitated in the slightest and they would have gone straight into my basket.

mustchoice wrote on January 21, 2015, 5:52 AM

That true there is a difference between a need and wany

arthurchappell wrote on February 3, 2015, 3:27 PM

when desire becomes enough of a craving want and need become one and the same thing - enjoy