The thing you have to watch so you don’t slide all the way down…
I walk at the local mall every morning. It’s too hot to walk outside here most of the year (except when it’s too cold) so I join the other old fogeys in the perfectly climate-controlled spaceship-like mall. I go between 7:30 and 830 (should have left ten minutes ago) six or seven days a week. I enjoy it, look forward to it, and don’t have to make myself do it, especially if I have a good audiobook to listen to. Must go before the stores open at 10, or there are too many people to dodge. The best time is 7:30 on Sunday morning when there are only a couple of walkers, and the cleaning people aren’t even there yet.
I often take one day a week off, and sometimes circumstances demand that I miss two days. But then I absolutely make sure I go the next day. It would be so easy to let two days become three days… and then four and then a week. And down the slope.
I also have to simply NOT buy certain snacks at the grocery store. I have no control. If it’s a cookie I like, or ice cream in anything except a single-serve cup, or a big bag of Hanover’s Honey Mustard Pretzel Bits*–forget it. I tell myself in the store that I can meter my consumption, but when I get home…resolutions fails mightily. I can buy the big bag of chips or cookies that contain smaller, single-serve bags. I might eat two of those, but I’m not going to eat all of them the way I can easily go through half a bag of pretzel bits or sour cream & onion potato chips.
It’s all about “know thyself.”
What are yours?
I’m off to walk!
*If you haven’t tried these, gitchyseff some. One of the best snacks ever. You can thank/curse me later.