A couple of weeks ago, it scared the heck out of me. I thought someone was trying to break into the house. It was early morning when the world was still dark and quiet – until I heard this rustling on the outside wall next to me. Finally, it stopped overhead and I realized that no one was breaking in…there’s a mouse in the house!
We went in the attic (where we don’t store anything so we haven’t been up there in years) and found the tell-tale signs of a mouse. And, then we talked to the neighbors who have also had similar problems – unfortunately, fairly common among those living on a waterway.
Using the advice of the neighbors, we screened off the attic vents and filled up the tiny holes (all they need is a 1/2 inch opening) where the different angles of roof lines come together. Oh, and my friend brought me this cat! Hopefully, it will be quiet tomorrow…we’ll see.
So, I was wondering if you, too, had mice in your house. Not literally though. Are there some pesky little habits that wreak havoc in your life – causing weight gain, ill health, and sluggish feelings?
Here are some possible examples of pesky “mice” and possible solutions:
- Tempting foods all over the house. Mice will find any little crumb you leave behind. If it’s difficult to handle yourself around certain foods, let’s get rid of them. Instead of having them around, promise yourself a treat every week or so. Frankly, I think it’s better to enjoy them at a restaurant. Sure the portions are big…but they’re usually smaller than the whole cake, box of cookies, or half-gallon of ice cream you bring into the house. Plus, it’s important to remind yourself that there’s no need to feel shame or guilt when indulging periodically. So, eat them in public!
- Lots of tiny little holes. Mice can find even the tiniest of holes – and then cause a lot of havoc. Most people who overeat tend to use food for more than satisfying hunger. They use it to fill voids in their life – of companionship, love, and fun. They use food to deal with their anger, boredom, or anxiety. Make 2015 the year that you try to figure out what moods or voids encourage you to overeat…and find a healthier solution for it.
- A non-complacent attitude. I really wish I could just ignore the mice and they would go away. That doesn’t work with mice…and not for our unhealthy habits, either. The average American is gaining about a pound a year. That doesn’t sound like much, but overtime that’s an extra 10, 20, or maybe 50 pounds! Research from the National Weight Control Registry suggests that you’ll be far more successful if you monitor your weight on a regular basis – and then take care of those few extra pounds before the numbers get higher. The more weight you gain, the less likely you are to get them off. And, doing something is way better than doing nothing.
I’ll let you know if I finally get those mice out of the attic…and let me know how you’re handling the mice in your life. Send me an email – AskMe@DrJo.com.