A glass full of Chocolate Milk. Warm Maple Syrup. Buttery Homemade Pancakes. These are three things that describe the flavors I had anticipated for weeks. My son’s birthday had finally arrived and we were going to celebrate it at our favorite breakfast joint. That’s right, my taste buds were so enthralled that I began salivating just thinking about it as we pulled out of our driveway and headed into town.
The moment came and I reached for my fork…
Bite #1: AWESOME.
Bite #2: YUM…need I say more?
Bite #4: Still, really good.
Bite #10: Wow, I can’t believe I’ve only eaten ¼ of this enormous short stack! Need to add more syrup.
Bite #15: *Sigh* Perhaps I am getting full. But wait, I dreamed about this meal for days—I owe this to myself to keep eating.
Bite #21: Why…why did I do this to myself? I am so stuffed that all I want to do is go home and go to bed.
Take a look at those series of bites. That first bite—wow—kind of hard to beat! Even at bite #4 it still tasted really good. But do you notice that by bite #10 I wasn’t even thinking about how good it tasted? In fact, I was already in the mindset of persevering to finish it.
As kids we were taught to always clean our plate. This meant forcing ourselves to finish even though it didn’t bring peace or satisfaction. So if bite #14 doesn’t taste as good as bite #1, don’t feel obligated to finish your meal. Yes, wasting food is not ideal, but managing your weight is more important. Plus, the more you learn which bite the food looses it’s charm, you’ll learn to adjust your portion size accordingly.
Those first few bites are simply hard to beat. So why not savor them and leave the rest? Utilize the calories you consume by making sure they get the appreciation they deserve.
Something to think about…
Take Home Message:
Bite #1 does not taste as good as Bite #21
Have you ever seen the glass bridge suspended over the Grand Canyon? All I can say is… S C A R Y!!! Even though I wouldn’t consider myself to have a fear of heights I do have a healthy respect for them. When my girls start moving towards the edge of some high object whether it be a cliff, a bridge, or a tower, my heart starts pounding and I quickly whisk them away from danger and a fall.
Well, in life, whether or not we want to admit it, we all have some “cliff” (or more) that’s end result is disaster. It’s different for all of us, maybe for you it’s shopping or gambling or alcohol or overeating. The funny thing about this “cliff” is that instead of being afraid of getting even remotely near the edge we do the exact opposite – get as close to it as possible. Even with the knowledge that getting close will result in a free fall.
How can you avoid falling off the “cliff”? Learn a lesson from people who have a fear of heights – avoid these kinds of places at all costs. If your issue is alcohol then stay away from places where you will be presented with it, or even around it for that matter. This may also mean you will need to break ties with certain people, but how much are you willing to sacrifice? This is your life we are talking about! The only one you get!!
If you find it difficult to overcome a character flaw, it may even be necessary to seek help from another person. It may be a family member, a friend, a priest/pastor, or a professional, because getting help from someone is always the best way to get out of a hole you just can’t seem to crawl out of.
I know this is hard to hear, but if we really want the best life possible, we have to set up boundaries that will serve to protect us. Yes, even from ourselves.
Is this optional. No. But when you consider what’s at stake and all you have to lose is there any other option?
BTW, I have not yet been to the Grand Canyon, but hope to visit someday. Will I be able to walk on this bridge? That remains to be seen!!