So I'm waiting tonight to meet some friends. They're not going to be here for another half hour or so, and what I really should do is start packing up some things so that I can ship stuff back home and so that come 4:30 Friday morning I won't have to scramble (yeah, talk about an early flight!)
Anyway, I keep looking around feeling like I "should" pack a little and instead I keep grazing on over to the "skinny popcorn" bag and grabbing a handful. There's a name for this behavior. ProcrastinEating!
According to the Urban Dictionary (ha..the authority for made up words!):
(v) The consumption of food undertaken to avoid a dull or arduous task, irrespective of hunger levels or the time of day.
(ex. 1) Mark: Man, this History paper's taking me forever...I could go for some Guacamole and Spicy Salsa dip on crackers...
(ex. 2) John: Dude, you ate lunch half an hour ago. Quit ProcrastinEating and get back into it!
It amazes me in a way that I'd turn to a handful of any kind of food for procrastinating when my biggest health goals right now involve weight loss. Yet, there I was, doing it. It didn't throw off my food consumption or weight watchers points, I mean, not even a little bit, so there's no concern there. It's just the behavior itself that makes me pause and evaluate.
I'm thinking that it is just human nature for a large part of the population - and it has nothing to do with food, food addiction, weight loss or gain, or fitness. It has to do with good ole procrastinating and whatever's handy will fit the bill to get out of doing what we don't want to do. Smokers will smoke. Eaters will eat. Busy bees will find some busy work other than the thing they don't feel like doing.
Then it occurred to me - rather than grazing, I could have just taken a nap! Then I would have been rested to hang out with my friends tonight AND I would still be doing the procrastinating I clearly wanted to do! Problem solved!
I'll make a little note of that one and tuck it away for the next time I feel like procrastinating. Like tomorrow probably. :-)