Resolution #3: No treats!
This is one of my favorites. I go for it every year. My mantra a couple years back was: “No sweets on the plate in 2008.” I lasted 100 days. And vowed to never do it again.
Well, here I am.
I’ll do it again, in 2010!
“But is it necessary?” Seth keeps asking.
Necessary! Who said anything about necessary? That’s not what resolutions are about. It’s about pushing yourself to the upper limit. It’s not necessary to climb Everest. Or wake up before 6 a.m. Or write a novel, for that matter.
I have a theory, and you can disagree with me on this one, but I think it’s good to always be a little bit uncomfortable in this here life. It’s that old medieval hairshirt idea. Run the house a little cool in the winter, a little warm in the summer. Snap your wrist with a rubber band when you think bad thoughts. Abstain from sweets. Abstain from a lot of things. It’s what we expect of others. (Pointed out, so eloquently, here.) It’s the great Christian way, is it not?
Plus, challenges are fun. I want to see if I can do it. And this time around, I’m sure I can. I have a strategy, you see. It involves eating copious amounts of fruit in place of refined sugar. We are eight days into January, and I have already eaten my way through about fifty oranges, plus a bag of dried plums.
This all means that I had to be a passive observer in the intense mint-candy making that went on in our house this afternoon.
Oh, chocolate…I’ll again taste your heaven, in 2011.