I know I have revisited my old blogs several times lately, but I enjoyed reading this one again!

Eating Boredom

haven’t figured out what eating and boredom have in common. They are intimately related. Hmmm….nothing on TV (in spite of having 300+ channels), nothing grabbing me on the Internet, the house is reasonably clean (could be debatable!)…..must be time to eat. Eating out of boredom does become an activity into itself. When eating for say…energy…our body gives a chemical signal creating the feeling of hunger and we grab whatever is reasonably close. Boredom takes on a whole routine.
  1. Ascertain that there is nothing to do.
  2. List options in mind that could be a healthy alternative to eating (go for walk, read a novel, contemplate world peace.)
  3. Come up with valid arguments as to why options are not plausible.
  4. Casually eat everything in site.
One way to counter boredom eating? Don’t keep much food in the house. This, unfortunately, however, does increase your SDG&E bill. Why you ask? Have you ever wanted to eat and had no food in the refrigerator? We have some weird but unshakable notion that we have just missed some delightful tidbit on the last six times that we opened the refrigerator door. I’m sure there is a cheesecake in there somewhere…it must be hiding behind the squeeze bottle of mustard or maybe under that outdated yogurt that I keep forgetting to throw out.

I have a friend that calls me “butter girl” for a similar episode. We were at a friends house and I was searching for some form of sweetener for my coffee. My friends kept their butter in what appeared in my simple mind to be a sugar bowl. I opened the “sugar bowl” not once, not twice but a total of five times while I searched for the sugar. As for the friend that was taking such pleasure in my insane searching, it is notable to explain that this was the first time we met. We are still friends….she uses me for comedy relief when she is struggling with life!

Where is the Refrigerator Fairy-What is it in us that refuses to accept what we know to be true? Is it optimism? Or just plain old delusions that keep us opening and closing the refrigerator? Has the food fairy come? Has she come now?….how about now?….did she come now?….You have to laugh. We are amazingly complex yet simple all at the same time. Or maybe that is just me.

I am trying to counter some boredom with a new activity. I bought a jump rope. It’s pretty cool – I am short so I can actually jump rope in the living room. Nothing has been broken….yet. No lamps….no mirrors…no bones. Whenever I want to open the fridge, I grab the rope. I jump until I am out of breath…which is about 20 seconds currently. I read somewhere that one should exercise at least 20 minutes a day and that you can break it up anyway that works for you. I will have to reach for the refrigerator 60 times to make my 20 minutes. No sweat. I can do that in an hour typically. Don’t laugh…have someone count how many times you do it.

Life is good. It would be better if I were a size six but it is good all the same. I am very blessed to have good friends, an understanding husband, and some pretty cool kids. I’m surrounded by people that help me feel better about myself. As long as I avoid the full-length mirrors, I can keep a pretty good mood going. Hope you enjoy a good evening….hmmm…I wonder if the cheesecake is there yet? Where is that rope?

Posted by:Sheri Saretsky

I spent ten years as a single parent of three boys. I then married my wonderful husband and he was inducted into the world of boy raising. Now we get to add my peri-menopause to the mix! Its been a crazy life...one I wouldn't change a minute of....

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