I’m wearing leopard-skin PJs as I write this post. Their purchase wasn’t planned. Rather, when I entered the store looking for new sleepwear, I was after a particular kind of waistband, and all the usual colors and patterns I am drawn to weren’t in a fabric that was going to cut it. Then my eye lit upon the animal-print section and I thought, why not?
At the time it was a reflex notion, driven by utility more than a philosophy. Later, as I stared at myself in the changing room mirror, it took on a deeper significance.
Twenty years ago I’d have worn a fun print without demur. At the time, I owned a skirt suit made of a subtle, faux leopard-skin. Depending upon my accessories, I could wear it to a wedding and look chic and appropriate. Or I’d let my long hair loose, go out dancing, enjoy that it was a dress that invited touching.
Then I put on weight and entered practice. Without consciously deciding I was a non-animal-print wearer, I became one, even in the privacy of my bedroom.
I’m not happy with my weight, but I’m 5 pounds lighter than this time last year. If you do the math, that’s a 50-calorie daily deficit accomplished without any dramatic gestures on my part. Awesome.
It’s also contrary to the 1-pound gain experienced by most adult Americans over the course of a year.
I’d like to do better in 2013, so I’ve looked at my lifestyle choices with a view to making another non-dramatic change. I discovered, quite without planning, that I consumed at least 50% of my meals in front of the computer or while reading. (This is a function of the chaotic meals in my home now that I have two teenagers and a partner who works overtime on little notice. Because it’s automatic, it represents closer to 70% of my caloric intake.)
When did it get to be that eating was an obligation–something to get through rather than a pleasure to savor? When did I go on autopilot for this?
I’m not sure, exactly, but I’d like it to change, so I’m using HabitForge to track sequential days of mindful eating. I haven’t made it past two yet.
With the exception of earthquakes, it can be good to shake things up. This video is a fun example:
Have an automatic behavior you’d like to erase, or one you’d like to develop? Now’s a good time to mention my recent post on Writer Unboxed: Tormented by Toothless Writing Goals? Try These Tools. (In it, I mention HabitForge, which I’m using and loving. It includes a discount if you want their Premium version.)
Are you a counter-resolutionist or do you have an itemized, Powerpointed schedule for 2013?
I’ve missed you guys. How was your Christmas break?