So Long to Meaningless Weight Resolutions!

July 31, 2013 | By | Comments (1)

For the last 10 years or so I’ve been surprised every day by how truly and very un-thin I am. Which always produced those little, familiar daily resolutions: I’m definitely going to eat less at the tasting in the Test Kitchen, I’m definitely going to skip the predinner cocktail, I’m definitely going to … yada yada yada. These resolutions were, of course, a ritual—mental talismans, totems, just like New Year’s resolutions. I rarely stopped to interrogate the monotony of all this: “Who are you kidding, you bore? You say this every morning …” Morning resolutions were prayers to that part of myself that is policed by a noninterventionary god. I don’t know my Freud well enough to know what part of the self it is that doesn’t bother to intervene, but there you go.

During most days, though I strove to eat healthy—and really did succeed at that, mostly plants, not much fat, etc.—I managed to avoid the central problem of adjusting portion sizes by, say, about 10%. The resolutions were, basically, deferred. Until, of course, the very end of the day, when I realized that I had not really followed through on the morning’s reminder-to-self. At which point, chagrin.

But at bedtime one is philosophical. Tomorrow will be better, right?


  1. Patt

    Small goals are so much easier than giant ones. Perhaps you could keep the cocktail but change the components? My current favorite is 4 ounces of Lemon Ginger iced tea, 3 ounces of Master of Mixes Lite Margarita mix, 1 ounce of bourbon and a lot of ice cubes.

    Tasting- all those little Bites, Licks and Tastes can add up. At the Asian market, you can probably find those little plastic spoons used in the chile oil container. They’re about 1/4 of a tsp. I find that that’s really all of the mashed potatoes I need to taste to know if the flavor is right.

    Good luck with the plan, Scott. I appreciate your willingness to be vocal about the journey.

    August 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

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