The other night, I really freaking wanted to get take-out tacos for dinner.
I mentally justified those tacos a million different ways: they’re notÂ that bad, it’s only one meal, I’ll get back to eating better tomorrow.
But Gretchen Rubin’s new bookÂ stuck out in my head. It’s about the habits we create (or don’t) and why. There’s a whole section called “Desire, Ease and Excuses” and a chapter on loophole spotting that really stood out to me.
She talks about how her TV writer sister tells her that nothing else matters when she’s shooting a pilot, that it’s “separate from real life” so it “doesn’t count.” Gretchen tells her thatÂ everything counts.
And it does. That extra glass of wine, that skipped workout, that extra guac on the tacos â€” they all add up, and they all matter. That skipped workout. They all matter.
As I’m trying to lose some weight I’d gained back, that’s a really helpful constant reminder to me. The fries with the turkey burger AND the wine? Yeah, they both count. The skipped or cut-short workout? Sure, go ahead and half-ass them, but it’s only going to hurt you when you don’t PR in your race. (Jess has a great post up about sacrificing for your goals.)
We’re only given one life (unless you’re a cat), so, yeah, everything counts.
HowÂ do you call yourself out on justifying and loophole-spotting?