Saturday, August 26, 2006


Yesterday I ended up spending about 7 hours on the road because I had to interview a person in another city for my dissertation project -- driving most of the way across the state and back in the same day. I had my usual breakfast, coffee, fruit and toast with peanut butter, before I left. I got hungry on the way there and stopped and bought a 2-serving package of cheese crackers. Of course, I told myself I was just going to eat half of it but I never really believed me. When I got there, I had lunch at a Mexican restaurant with some friends, chicken fajitas and a few tortilla chips. I didn't eat much of it because I was nervous about my interview. I did my interview and almost immediately left for home. On the way home, I stopped and had a multigrain bagel, cream cheese, and coffee.

In short, I had a junky food day and spent almost my entire time sitting. That, in itself, is not so interesting. What is interesting is how unusual this is for me now. It used to be my Standard Operating Procedure. I also really wanted veggies when I got home -- I had a salad and a pita with veggies and hummus. And I wanted to get out and walk to give my aching back a break.

What I'm saying is not that I'm super-virtuous (who bought the bag of cheese crackers in the first place?) but that I think the way we eat and move is very much a function of habit. My habits still need some work, but they're moving in a healthier direction.

P.S. I forgot to mention that we stopped at the ice cream shop on the way back from the walk, but it was just a single dip... Yeah, I still have some work to do.

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