- Alcohol. One modest glass of wine became one big glass became two. A shared beer with pizza became a shared beer plus another later.
- Coffee. Again the creep. My morning cup of coffee became morning 2 cups, plus maybe some more after I got to work. I think it was affecting my night time sleep, even when consumed early in the day.
- Junk food. Candy, cookies, fried foods---you name it, I was consuming it. I'd also gotten into the habit of snacking during the workday, and not a healthy snack like an apple. No, I was inhaling Cheez-its or leftover halloween candy, popping downstairs for "just a little bowl of soup" & inevitably choosing something with the words "creamy" or "cheesy" in the name.
- Mindless time-wasting. Clicking around on the internet, game after game of i-phone scrabble, facebook stalking.
- Laziness. Inertia regarding exercise definitely set in. "An object at rest..." and all that.
No booze, no sweets, no playing games on my phone instead of sleeping. Only one cup of coffee a day (G is refusing to play along with this one). At the very least, the INTENTION to exercise on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings (G will take Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday).
Why? Well, besides the obvious health benefits and hope of losing some of the 10 lbs I've put on in recent months, I'm hoping to return these behaviors to their rightful place as luxuries and indulgences. When you're swigging a couple of glasses of wine every night, continuously raiding the "fancy" chocolate, and every day is an "off day", those things are no longer treats to be savored, looked forward to, and enjoyed. I miss being delighted by a small piece of dark chocolate with a little glass of a bold red or an hour of brain candy web-surfing.
By keeping my list of "donts" focused and the time frame discrete, I am pretty sure I will succeed. If it backfires and I find myself making up for lost time in February, though, I'll have to rethink.