I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions, but this year I did. I was going to stop eating Doritos. I don't think Doritos are evil. I don't think Doritos are dangerous. I don't think cutting out Doritos is going to improve my health. I just don't like the hold they have on me. Every night I would eat them while I was watching TV, working on the computer or playing games with my wife and kids. Every night. And often, I would eat more than half a bag in a night. Sometimes, I'd eat a whole bag. I didn't like the feeling of not being able to say, "No."
The picture of the Doritos nutrition information here is from the Frito-Lay website for the Cool Ranch variety - my favorite. One of the funny things I learned from this label is that the serving size is about 12 chips. If only I could limit myself to that.
Well, I held off until Thursday night, April 23. But I was still not feeling well, I was bored, I'd held off longer than I'd expected to, we'd had too much rain over the last few days, I was worried about my family recovering from the colds we all had - any number of excuses we all come up with. Isn't that always the way? If we want to do something, we'll find an excuse to do it. So, the answer for whether we should do something or not should not be, "Well, I have an excuse." The answer should be, "I said I wasn't going to do it." Or, even better, "This is wrong." You shouldn't start doing something because there is an excuse. I didn't like the hold Doritos had on me. That hasn't changed. No number of excuses is going to change that. I repeated my little back-slide the next night. The excuse for the night was my son and I were going to watch an episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network. But after finishing the bag I'd started the night before, I decided to jump back on the wagon. It's Monday, April 27 and I haven't had any Doritos since. We'll see how long I go this time. Or maybe I should say, we'll see how long I can dismiss the excuses for eating Doritos again.