21 Days to Break a Habit?
Friday, November 09, 2012
I skyped with my parents the other night, and that is what my mom told me. More about that later.
First, some observations! Sometimes during mealtimes, I'll watch how thin people eat. There's a variety of behaviors I've noticed, and I want to write them down so I remember.
- Some people are really health-oriented. There's one girl I see eating salads and lean deli turkey at lunch, and often at dinner. Lots of veggies, too - and she eats pretty slowly.
- Another thing I've noticed is that a lot of people do eat what I try to avoid - pancakes, cereal, granola, bananas, and other high carb foods - but they eat it in moderation, whereas I would always eat like I would never have that type of food again.
- Same thing goes with desserts: a lot of people just eat a serving, and that's it. I typically through the line with the intent of only getting a "taste", but then I get a large serving. And then I go back and get more. Or I'll take some back to my room and say I'll eat it the next day, but I eat it within a few hours of bringing it up.
- Finally, the idea that they give up something to eat these foods. My cousin, for example. She eats lots of candy/sweets, doesn't work out, and yet she's absolutely tiny. I've noticed that part of the reason is because she rarely finishes what's on her plate. Sometimes she'll skip meals altogether because she's busy or just doesn't feel like eating.
In summary, while there are some naturally thin people...often times, there are certain behaviors that these people have in common. They eat, just like everyone else (hopefully!), but in different ways.
So, that's why I've made it my goal to stop eating servery desserts.
Of the past 6 days, I've stumbled twice - the first time, we had pie during our Associate's Night dinner, and then earlier tonight I had carrot cake because it is absolutely my favorite. However, both times I still didn't indulge like I usually do: it's not much, but I didn't eat the pie crust, and I only took a small portion of cake.
I'll be able to control my cravings eventually, but to do that...I've got to break my bad habit of bingeing. I'm off to a good start, now I need to continue.
Most importantly: I'm not restricting myself by "giving up" desserts...I'm simply reminding myself that I, and my body, don't need them. :)
Cheers! Keep the Spark, y'all!