Change is hard. It’s been more than a week since I instituted the “no food in front of the TV” change. I’ve done well with it. In the late ate afternoon, I often need a snack. If I’ve been on my feet or bike seat much of the day, I seem more likely to succumb to a snack, on the couch, and with a quick fix of TV entertainment. By dinner, I’m back to being fine with the dinner table.
This brings me to my third big change. It was supposed to be the gradual elimination of coffee from my day. Coffee in the morning is almost more of a ritual for me than a dependence. Of the 4 scoops of grounds I use to make my two mugs-worth, only one scoop contains caffeine. Coffee is a way to start my day slowly – sitting, sometimes reading, sometimes writing on my Surface, sometimes making a list of what I want to accomplish over the next few days, some days, it’s all three, others, I get distracted right off the bat and it’s none. Without that ritual, I go straight into thoughtless doing. Before I know it, the morning is gone. At that point, making a list seems futile, so I don’t. I’m more likely to spend the day overdoing it in the yard and overworking my shoulder before I realize it. No meditation, no exercise, no thoughtfulness, just doing.
I need to come up with a third big change, or perhaps let that one go. After all, I’ve changed a lot of things in my life in the last 12 months.
Or perhaps, instead of taking something away, adding something positive to my day, like meditation, might be a better choice. Hmm, some further deliberation is required, and perhaps a re-reading of that chapter.