My grand kids stay at my house nearly every Saturday night. This week was no exception. I resolved to not participate in the snacks that would make available while they were here. I made a few changes to the snacks available so they were more self-serve (buying individually wrapped, single serve ice cream bars instead of a 1/2 gallon of ice cream, for example) and they cleared and rinsed their own dishes. They will also take any snack leftovers with them today when they go home.
I found the kids' snacks to not be the biggest problem because I had a plan for that, instead it was my own habits. It's true nothing good happens in the kitchen after 9:00 and I realized that after I stayed up to watch a movie later. I was really thinking about food during the movie, I mean really thinking hard about food!! Movie time is usually snack time, too, so I knew it was just a habit and I could work through it but it was tough. I can't ever remember scenes of people eating doughnuts in a movie making me want to walk to the kitchen and find something to snack on, but that was happening last night! A "bad guy" was eating a raspberry jelly doughnut and I think I missed everything he said during that scene. I was seriously focused on the powder sugar confection he was eating while planning all the things bad guys do. In the end, I managed to drink tea and water and went to bed right after it was over. I even left the tea cup out on the side table so I didn't have to walk in the kitchen, but I fought through it and made through! All small victories but victories none-the-less.
Woke up, remembered all that, and feel incredibly strong today.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.-Aristotle