Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Turning over a new leaf. Or two. Or three.

I am trying to make myself a better person. I am also trying to make it through Lent. I gave up gum. I chew gum when I am stressed, and after I eat, and generally just way too much during the day. It is a nasty habit that I got myself into, not to mention it costs money. The major reason, however, that I gave up gum is because I absolutely despise people who chew gum with their mouths open (most people). The sound of mastication gets on my newrves so much that I start to physically shake and usually have to get up and leave the room. I realize that this is being dramatic, but I can't help it. So I figured that if I was going to despise people who chew gum in the annoying, mouth open like a flytrap way, I shouldn't be chewing gum when I tell them off. Although it's been hard, I've been dealing with this fairly well.

The other new leaf that I turned over hasn't been going so well. I have been trying to cut down on my sugar intake, and all it has done is drive me to crazy cravings and amazing intakes of sugar substitutes. So, after some late-night pondering at the gym, while reading In Defense of Food on the cardio machine, I have decided to flip this attempt on its head. I am now attempting to cut down on my sugar substitutes. Now THIS is real challenge. Can I do it? I tried it this morning. I ate my oatmeal plain, with no Splenda, had the regular yogurt that's not super low-cal, but was not quite willing to part with Splenda in my coffee yet. I'm working on it.

1 comment:

Krista said...

More power to you, Shane. I cannot fathom giving up gum (I, too, chew it almost constantly and Mel hates that) or my beloved Spelnda.