No matter how much willpower we have, when surrounded by a nearly endless supply of food that we enjoy unabashedly, it’s difficult not overeating. How can we prevent ourselves from binging on too much food? (Or binging on anything?) Is it through carefully considering our portions? Distractions? Or keeping our eyes on our long-term goals?
I became overweight because of my lack of caloric control.
I would eat past the point of satiating hunger or taste and perhaps out of a mindless desire to clear my plate of everything. It’s that sort of drive that compels me to write so often, push myself beyond my limits, and as a result… crash. Practicing mindfulness might be a way to go, but I’m almost wondering if I should try something more practical:
Check the time frequently while doing something.
As I’m writing this, it is just after 1 PM. I have a full day ahead of me. Plenty to do, not much time. The natural inclination of writing is to allow as much time for the writing process to breathe as possible. Just like with editing. You have to think about how word choices affect the overall flow of the piece, what information is necessary and not. I’ve been late for a few obligations lately because I’ve focused more time than I should have to the editing process.
It’s now 1:12 PM.
I don’t want to rush the writing of this essay because to do so will limit its quality, but to spend an excessive amount of time with this essay will mean less time for other things I want to do today. This self-referentiality is useful because it dives into my next point: only do what is necessary. We overeat because, hey… that extra scoop of something looks good…
Instead, get the necessary stuff, some fluff, and forget the rest.
You also don’t have to finish everything on your plate if you don’t want to do so! Everything I’m doing today is optional, really. Except maybe the concert I’ve bought tickets to later on tonight, but that will be a fun event. As far as when I arrive to meet up with my friends, any time will do. There is no social obligation for me to be there especially early.
Just as long as I’m there.
Similarly, I think we might have conditioned ourselves to overeat at Thanksgiving or any social event. There is no need for this. We only need to eat as much as we need to and nothing more. The spoils of our time with our friends or family should be spent fully invested in them, rather than out of a curious obligation toward eating as much as we can.
It’s 1:20 PM.
This essay could be a little less bloated. I could have better spent this time, or perhaps written something more substantial. I think the choice to write about Thanksgiving before the American holiday could be useful for some, so I’ll do that.
Otherwise, this writing exercise was satiating.
|Sources: My fitness experiences.
– This week’s weight: 228 pounds
– Last week’s weight: 223 pounds
– Difference: 5 pounds lighter!
|Inspirations: Upcoming Thanksgiving festivities.|
|Related: Past weekly column entries.|
|Picture: Quick drawing of some Thanksgiving-type food-items.|
|Written On: November 17th [30 minutes]|
|Last Edited: First draft; final draft|