When this first happened at my office, I thought it was pretty handy. Just a short walk and I can satisfy my craving for pop or something sweet after lunch. But today, I know it is probably the worst thing that could have happened. Our vending machines accept credit and debit cards! Dun, Dun, DUN!!!
Today I got a 20oz Mtn Dew that I wouldn’t have been able to get before. Back in the day, it was no cash = no Dew. The old way would save me from myself when I didn’t really NEED something but just thought I wanted it. Now I have to battle my will power to stay away from the vending machines instead of actually needing the cash or change, or asking to borrow from co-workers. Let me tell you, needing to ask co-workers for change has actually stopped me from vending numerous times in the past. Basically, if I didn’t need to bother someone to help me out, I really didn’t need to get a TREAT from that vending machine after all. Plus, spending that extra money when you don’t really need to is a spending leak.
The other aspect is the waistline. Now I don’t count calories or pretend to be the biggest health nut out there. I know that to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn and that means you need to exercise. At a recent physical I was informed you need to get your heart rate elevated for 30 minutes to burn fat and thus lose weight. That about all I know about that. But that’s the very basics. They also let me know that my will power telling me not to eat/drink when I’m really not hungry or know something is bad for me is really what can help keep me from gaining weight. This is where the easy-access vending machine comes in and tests my will power.
The vending machine and all its glory has won the day. Tomorrow is another day. And even though I have no cash or change, I’ll still have to fight the man, plug the spending leak and strengthen my will power. Or maybe I’ll just get a Twix tomorrow. That sounds good.