A little post-Christmas, pre-New Years reflecting:
When I make peanut butter toast for my kids I spread a very thin dollop of peanut butter on one slice of bread. When I make peanut butter toast for myself I spread as much peanut butter as my knife will hold and I slather on it two slices of bread, usually just making a sandwich out of it, maybe even slicing some bananas on to it or if I am feeling particularly rambunctious – some bacon. Why do I do that?
Sometimes when I am hungry I'll find myself grazing in the pantry. I'll have some crunchy chips, then contrast that with some yogurt. At some point I'll send up with something sweet like chocolate. You would think that would be the end of it, right? Sweet to end the grazing run? But no – I'll often start the cycle right back up with salty again. Why do I do that?
Monday's are a great day to start a new routine. I can't tell you how many times I have done a nice amount of exercise on a Monday, or limited my food very well on a Monday, or did just about whatever I said I was going to do each day of the week on a Monday. Yet on Tuesday I'm back to my old habits. Why do I do that?
I know there is no reason to wait until January 1st to start being healthy, that I should just start whenever it is I get to thinking that I should start. I know that I shouldn't have a "last good meal" before starting to eat better. I know that I shouldn't wait to start my diet until the weight loss contest at work starts. I know all these things yet I tend to do them anyway. Why do I do that?
I know that I eat too fast and that when I eat too fast I tend to eat too much. I know that buffets are terrible for me. I know that I'll get full eating appetizers at a party yet I'll have a full dinner anyway. Why do I do that?
I know how good I feel when I exercise, yet I don't.
I know how good I feel when I fit into my clothes, yet I'm not doing anything about it.
I know how good it feels to have people complement me when I have lost weight, yet I can't use that to inspire me.
I know I need to get healthy to be here for my family, yet I'm not making the changes I need to make.