Changing Bad Habits
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I have accumulated a lot of bad habits throughout my life; especially when it comes to eating.
I used to sneak food when I was little, and even lied when my mom or grandma asked me if I'd already eaten something so they would make me something again. It seemed like I was always hungry, and I never turned down yummy food.
I was also taught to always finish my plate no matter how full I said I was, and that was probably because I always left the vegetables to the end and then say I didn't want to eat anymore. When that stopped working as an excuse, I got used to shoveling down the veggies as fast as possible so I could enjoy the "good stuff" like pasta or dessert.
I often times had second helpings, and sometimes even thirds, and no one ever stopped me from eating my fill. Even if what I was eating was healthy homemade food, I was eating way too much of it.
So as I became an adult, I found myself to still be sneaking food when no one was watching, stuffing food in my face at record speeds, and finishing what was on my plate no matter how full I was.
Now habits are extremely hard to break. It's really easy to say, "well, stop doing that." I know it's a work in progress. So I am celebrating each time I break a bad habit in hopes of reaffirming that I am making true progress.
So today I tried this microwavable Indian spiced vegetable dish that sounded good, but definitely was not tasty at all; it had a funky taste and it was really oily. So I was about to just shove it down my face because I didn't want to be wasteful. Then something magical happened. I stopped!
I don't like this stuff, it's not even that healthy for me, so why should I waste the calories and eat it anyway? And then I threw it out. Yup. Gone...into the garbage. And that may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it's taken me a long time not to feel guilty about throwing away food.
I still couldn't tell my mother I did something like this, because till this day she would never waste anything, but that's a whole other story for a different day.
And so one bad habit is gone, and only 98 left to go! Wishing you all the strength and motivation to break one bad habit at a time.