Sunday, March 21, 2010
Okay, you must admit that the title intrigued you. I have just discovered a very dangerous habit I am developing and need to stop before it becomes mindless - the sort of habit you don't even realize you have.
First I need to introduce you to our menagerie: Brigeda - our 8 year old German short hair pointer who acts like she's six months old. Lexy - a 7 year old rescued Vizula (short hair Polish hunting dog with red hair and green eyes - beautiful and a manipulator.) Sophia - a 9 year old Manx cat who is a stumpy. (Manx cats don't have tails and are either called rumpies - no tail at all or stumpies - those with just a stump of tail). Last, but not least is Guzel (Turkish for pretty... we lived in Turkey for a while) who was 12 weeks old when we rescued her 7 years ago. The size differential is significant. The dogs weigh 60- 65 lbs. and the cats weight 8-10 lbs. The cats are inside animals... although Sophia doesn't always agree with that and was gone once for 6 weeks. The dogs have the run of our 1/2 acre yard because we have an electric fence.
Really, I am getting to the title. Until this winter, the dogs went out the front door after they got our attention with an bark or two. However, with over 60 inches of snow and snow continually on the ground for 90 days, we started letting them out the back door. Guess which room you must go through to the back door? Did you guess the KITCHEN? You are correct. I have found myself grabbing a dry apricot or two or a small handful of almonds as I walk back and forth to let them out. I know it's better than grabbing potato chips (none in the house) but it has become almost mindless.
I'm glad I recently read the articles on emotional eating. Most the time that i grab food it when letting the dogs out or in has interrupted something I'm doing and I'm frustrated by the necessity of tending to their needs. I'd love to blame the dogs, but I don't think that's quite fair, do you?
What i've learned... a lot quicker with Spark help that I would have otherwise, is to become aware of the mindless eating, to make it mindful and to control it.