You know when you go on a weight-loss diet and you hold on to your initial mindset of excitement regarding all of the pounds you’re going to shed? And then, you’re confronted with a little morsel of temptation and, in your mind, you think, “I’ve been so good about what I eat; just this little dessert isn’t going to hurt me.” And then the next day, another tasty little treat surfaces from some sinister cave, and you think, “Oh, it’s just one little thing. I’ve been so good lately.” And pretty soon, you’ve gained five pounds and have no idea how because, in your mind, you think you’ve just been so good.
I can absolutely say that the person mentioned above, is me. I get all “gung-ho” about something and, before I know it, I’m standing in front of the mirror, pondering the extra chin that I don’t recall being there at the beginning of my “diet.”
You may be thinking, “Whhhyyyy is this girl telling us about her lack of self-control in regards to food and her obvious issues with desserts?! What’s the point?” Well, here it is:
I maintain a strong outward opinion that I am an environmentalist at heart, however, when I really think about my household habits, I realize that I have the same problems with cutting back on energy as I do with desserts. By believing that I’m an environmentalist and that I generally make good, eco-friendly choices, I also know that I make excuses for some of my actions by saying, “I’ve been so good and all I want is a really long, really hot shower.” Pretty soon, my “I’ve been so good” mentality adds up to a lot of bad environmental decisions that are clearly reflected in the monthly energy bill.
So, why am I doing the energy diet? Because just like a weight-loss diet, you’re eventually going to fail if you don’t have support. With this program, I’m interacting with people around the world who are trying to make the same energy-conscious decisions that I am, for ultimately the same reason: it’s just better for the Earth.
I live in a restored farmhouse with my family in a small farming community in Western New York. With both my parents having careers relating to science and environmental protection, I was raised to appreciate and preserve the natural world around me. As a family, we’ve completed huge projects aimed at conserving energy in and around the community, but we often fall back on our “I’ve been so good” thought process at home. We still leave lights on. We still take long, hot showers. We still buy some processed foods.
But now it’s time to make a change. We live in a community where “farm to table” means a quick stop at your neighbor’s produce stand on the way home from work. With the resources we have, changing our grocery-buying habits is only just the beginning.
And also, it probably won’t hurt to trade those desserts for a homegrown squash or two.