Skinny Daily Post


More true confessions. Months ago, I wrote that it’s possible to eat a single-serving bag of something like pretzels in more than one sitting.

I wish I’d taken that to heart!

It’s now possible for me to eat them all in a few minutes, rather than taking my time. It’s also possible for me to eat MORE than one serving at a time.

And I wonder why I’ve gained a few pounds?

It’s all or nothing for some of us. Others among us have much better – control? responses? discipline? awareness? Several words could apply. In my case, I’m going with AWARENESS.

I’ve been slipping back into some old habits, and they’re the ones that have gotten me into trouble in the past. Bites are too big. For some reason, there’s been a desire to have a fuller mouth, and I’m not sure why.

And that means that I’m eating too quickly and not paying attention. I’m also not setting aside time to eat. This desk at work has way too many spots and crumbs on it scattered among the piles of papers.

These slips have been gradual, and I’m seeing that they’ve been adding up. If I had to choose the biggest factor, the one that requires my immediate attention, it’s not the crunchy snacks.

It’s the actual amount of food on the fork that’s going into my mouth, and the inattention to what I’m doing.

So, it’s back to this basic task. It’s not hard, just takes some focus. It’ll be fine. The crunchy snack problem will be easier to solve after I tend to this one.

At least I know.

8 thoughts on “Opening the door a crack

  1. mary jean says:

    Paying Attention. It seems to be the issue for me this week. I am getting pretty good at paying attention to my hunger/satiety and to my emotional state. What I am having difficulty with are other little things, like noticing that I am pushing too hard physically (hurt my knee yesterday doing that), that I have needed to pee for the past hour, that I am tired and need a nap or early bed time, that I am thirsty.

    It is amazing how many little behaviors go into a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately each little step builds upon the last and progress just happens if I keep at it and am gentle with myself when I notice, yet another, area that needs my attention.

  2. lorna says:

    Thanks for the reminder to pay attention to what one is eating. I understand that need to have a full mouth.

  3. Allyson says:

    Oh Jane! Thanks for this post. I quit smoking 25 days ago and am feeling an emotional wreck. I am proud of myself for quitting but at the same time disappointed that I am falling back on bad eating habits.

    Your post reminded me that I need to relax a little, pay attention to what I am doing and be a little easier on myself.

  4. Kristine says:

    JuJu, step AWAYYYY from the white flour carb porn! There is nothing good in that bag of pretzels! Bloaty salt, blood sugar screwing flour, that’s about it. Keep it outta da house, don’t play with fire!

  5. Andrea says:

    Exactly! If I have to explain why I’ve failed, backslid, given up on so many diets/lifestyle changes/whaver, it’s something like this. I just can’t make myself be diligent about all the little things that have to be done constantly and forever. And I understand the need for volume, too. For me it’s also variety. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Jonathan says:

    I lost a bunch of weight a few years ago. Now, I am on a quest to lose all that I have gained back. And why? All the reasons you mentioned. But, what I realize this time is that AWARENESS is #1. Be aware and most of the other ‘problems’ fall in line.

  7. donna says:

    Does anyone know how to stop a sweet tooth fiasco?

  8. John says:

    I too agree, awareness is key–and so hard to achieve. For me, it requires constant diligence. I’m always fascinated by how quickly it can slip–but lately I’ve been noting strong progress in controlling my emotional eating and drinking. So it does come, and comes back more strongly when you slip, the more you try to achieve it. You sort of have to be aware of being aware, I guess. John from

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