Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 18 DP - Eating out of boredom

Back to work today and wouldn't you know it. . . the sky opens up, the clouds part and the sun comes out.  Beautiful spring day.  And I'm stuck at work.  Am I a complainer or what???  Well, no more.  I'm not going to talk about how unlucky I have been with the weather forecast any longer.  Just going to keep moving forward and make the best of each day's situation.  There - I feel better already.
Food.  Let's talk about food for a minute. 
Each time I do one of these challenges I start to make some general realizations about life and society and behaviors, etc.  Well, I've just discovered that people don't need NEARLY as much food as they actually consume.  Ha!  Real shocker there huh?  Seriously  though - I would imagine that about 80% of the food we eat is due to BOREDOM.  That's right - boredom!  So many activities and social events center around food and meals and drinks.  People just don't know what else to do with their selves and their time.  In uncomfortable social situations the automatic default is to reach for some food or drink or go out for a meal or offer food and drink to others.
Yes, food is a necessity.  So some of what we eat is actually required by our bodies to survive.  Some of what we eat is for pleasure.  But the majority of our eating comes from boredom and our general inability to fill the void spaces in our day with other, more creative and imaginative activities.  Don't believe me?  Test yourself today.  See how often you eat because you're actually hungry versus eating just to satisfy a time void in your day.  You may just find out what I have discovered - if you stop eating out of boredom, you will get creative and start getting other things done that you have been putting off for a long time.  You'll probably also lose some weight and get healthier as a side effect.  The toughest part however, is getting your mind to think differently.  Most people are not willing to take that first step.  The mental challenge is more difficult than anything else.
Well, that's all the philosophy I have for today.  Maybe I was able to help SOMEONE with my words.

As far as surviving the day, I went to the beach after work and it was really nice up there.  I was finally able to take some casts into the ocean but no joy.  There were fish but they were way too far out to reach from the beach.  On a positive note, the water was pretty calm from a west wind and if that keeps up for a few more days it's going to be time to try a little spearfishing.  If I can't coax them to bite my line - I'll go into the water and hunt them down!  How's that for moving forward?

“When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”

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