My Personal Nemesis
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Okay...maybe I can get into this blogging stuff. No promises...the jury is still out on that one. But, for today I think I'll write about my personal nemesis: evening eating. It might be really brief. Not much to say that hasn't already been said, either by me or others.
I do great all day long. Healthy, happy breakfast and lunches. Often I have a little mid-afternoon snack. Again, it is almost always a healthy choice. Dinner rolls around and since I almost always have it planned ahead and it fits into my day's calorie count...no problem. Then the real challenge begins, and that is staying out of the kitchen and eating after dinner.
I know that cows graze, not people (thank you, Ramona). I know I won't starve to death before breakfast rolls around. I even know I'm not hungry. I know that if I plan a snack, it also leads to more eating. (Actually, I've come to hate that word "snack." It sounds weird to me...like "snack attack" and conjures up images of a sneak attack on me. But, I digress.)
In the past, I've been successful at taming my monster nemesis. I clean and shut the kitchen after dinner. I go to the other room. I work at diverting my attention. I don't have diabetes and don't need to eat to control my blood sugar. I do all the things I've ever heard suggested, but still thoughts turn to that SNACK. A tablespoon of peanut butter turns into 5 or 6. Those leftovers in the fridge turn into a nibble the size of another meal. Ice cream in the freezer? Forget it!!
Okay, it's out in the open. So today...just for today, I have a goal of getting out and staying out of the kitchen and not eating after dinner. I will NOT starve. I will NOT graze. I WILL be successful! And then, tomorrow morning, I will feel good about myself and move on to another day.
Merriam Webster defines "nemesis" as an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat. It does NOT define it as impossible to defeat!