I’m not going to eat between meals and I’m not going to take seconds. Just Today. And I’m going to try this for a year to see what happens.
My problem is that I don’t have a reliable ‘OFF’ switch when I eat.f When I’m left to my own devices, I could eat a loaf of bread — with cheese or butter or if we’re talking San Franciso Sourdough, all by itself. I’m not talking about a frantic Lifetime Movie shoving food in my face while I crouch on the kitchen floor eating. I mean I could through the course of an evening or afternoon wander into the kitchen and cut or take another slice of bread. Or a couple pieces of candy.s Or a handful of chips. I wouldn’t be thinking about hunger — it’s the flavor and texture of certain foods (I think) that I like.< And when I get the urge, my habit has been to taste it again.
Last year, when I weighed more than I ever had before and my health was so fragile (I had bronchitis three times that year) I spent a lot of time dreaming about ways to lose weight.h I was trying to get myself ready to join Weight Watchers — that was my plan a year ago. And as I munched on this or that (who remembers a snack a year later?) I’d wish I could just ‘give up food’ like I gave up cigarettes. Because that was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done.a I just stopped.
Of course, you can’t just stop eating — and that’s where this dream always ended. Eating has to be managed, controlled — giving it up leads to all sorts of problems and even in my dreams, I didn’t go there.
But one day something clicked and I realized that while I couldn’t give up food, I could give up snacks and I could stop taking seconds. That I could make a profound difference just by making those simple changes.2 And I could do this for just a day (that first day) and then decide if I should do it the next. And that’s what I did for the first couple of weeks.
I actually did The Commitment on day at a time. I didn’t jump into my yearlong experiment — and you don’t have to either.r Are you in the dreaming stage of weightloss? Are you thinking about joining a commercial exercise plan (and I’m not knocking them — they do help people lose weight)?n How about trying The Commitment for just one day to see how it works for you?
You can’t give up food — but you can give up snacks and seconds. How big an impact would that make on your day?