101 Things to Do Instead of Eating

101 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF EATING

 

The entire premise of “It’s Not About the Food” is to live your life and occupy your thoughts on living and not your next meal.  Below I am sharing with you some suggestions to keep your mind off of eating.  Do not pull out this list, put it on the fridge and start checking things off the list.  This list is to demonstrate the infinite possibilities and options rather than eating.  They are opportunities to enjoy the moments in your life and sustain your existence.

When I first drafted this list is was when I was writing the book version of the blog.   It was so long ago that Facebook and many social media sites were not as popular as they are today.  There are also many incredible books that I have read since I started writing.  I have added a couple to the list, but I really could share so many!!  One thought to share with you about the book list – never feel overwhelmed that you have to read any book cover-to-cover.   Many times, I’ll start reading and something profound will grab me and can be life changing.  Then I’ll find the rest of the book doesn’t keep my interest and I’m content with stopping and moving on.  If you’ve ever read “The Art of War” you’ll know what I mean.

Not all things on this list are in the entertainment or leisure categories.  There are basic housekeeping and grooming items as well.   It’s good to be organized in your life as it gives you control and empowers you.  When you gain control of one aspect of your life it spills over the other areas.  There will always be unexpected turns or glitches in life but when in control you will be poised to handle them.

As I mentioned these are suggestions and I’m sure you could write your own list of not just 101 but 1001 and then some.   Keep adding to the list and keep living a joyful life!

Categories:

Hobbies – Housekeeping – Organize – Books – Web – Dream – Goals – Pamper – Play – Move – Explore – Socialize – Learn – Inspire – Seasonal

  1. Meditate
  2. Write your thoughts and start a journal
  3. Make a Vision Board
  4. Garden, weed, water plants
  5. Go for a walk
  6. Call a friend or someone you haven’t heard from in a while
  7. Write a hand-written note to a friend
  8. Read a magazine
  9. Read Outliers
  10. Read Five Love Languages
  11. Read Spiritual Solution to Every Problem
  12. Read Eat Mangoes Naked
  13. Read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F&ck
  14. Read Make Your Bed
  15. Read To Our Children’s Children
  16. Read The Last Lecture
  17. Read The Universe Has Your Back

 

  1. Clean out a junk drawer
  2. Set the timer to 15 minutes and fill a trash bag (From “The Fly Lady”)
  3. Organize a closet
  4. Vacuum
  5. Paint your finger nails
  6. Give yourself a pedicure, soak your feet, etc.
  7. Experiment with make-up
  8. Try a new hair style
  9. Draw or create something w/ watercolors
  10. Color (many new coloring books for adults)
  11. Pull out pages of a magazine with decorating ideas or any kind of ideas
  12. Watch exercise machine or weight loss infomercials
  13. Organize your jewelry into color categories
  14. Start a Christmas list
  15. Make a to-do list for the next day
  16. Make a major house project list
  17. Play solitaire (either with cards or an app)
  18. Face mask (either homemade or store bought)
  19. Brush teeth (always keeps you from wanting to eat)
  20. Work on a 1000-piece puzzle
  21. Crossword puzzle (either in the newspaper or an app)
  22. Sudoku
  23. Search the web for old friends
  24. Clean-out your emails
  25. Organize your emails and make sub-folders
  26. Spring/Fall cleaning
  27. Organize greeting cards so you’ll be ready for birthdays, etc.
  28. Plan a vacation
  29. Practice taking a selfie – be confident
  30. Go for a drive
  31. Put in teeth whiteners
  32. Draw/doodle
  33. Clean the keyboard on your computer
  34. Shoot hoops
  35. Garden
  36. Water house plants
  37. Organize linens
  38. Shoot pool
  39. Hit golf balls
  40. Bird watch
  41. Take a nap
  42. Watch an old movie
  43. Watch home movies
  44. Clean out the car
  45. Organize the sock drawer
  46. Dance
  47. Yoga or stretch
  48. Write an affirmation (20 times – I am in control)
  49. Create a Linked In page
  50. Move around the furniture
  51. Change pictures on the walls
  52. Dust the pictures on the wall
  53. Ride a bike
  54. Learn a new computer program (You Tube videos are great)
  55. Make a daily / weekly goal list
  56. Make a monthly / yearly goal list
  57. Make a 5-year and 10-year plan
  58. Search on Pinterest chalk art
  59. Start a Snapchat page
  60. Look for best new apps that are free
  61. Look at old photos and Scrapbook
  62. Listen to a Podcast or Ted Talk
  63. Count your blessings and write them down
  64. Learn how to arrange flowers
  65. Organize holiday decorations
  66. Go to a tag sale
  67. Imagine the perfect job
  68. Clean the tops of doors
  69. Organize a closet
  70. Check the couches for change
  71. Check and change batteries in smoke detectors
  72. Clean microwave
  73. Put together a box of items for a tag sale
  74. Put together a box of items for the Salvation Army or Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  75. Clean behind your washer/dryer
  76. Iron clothes for the week
  77. Check on the wackiest item listed on eBay
  78. Find your dream item on eBay
  79. Find the most expensive item on eBay
  80. Google your name
  81. Volunteer (anything from join a board, stuff envelopes, face paint, etc.)
  82. Look for your house on Google Satellite
  83. Check out MapQuest and plot out different trips
  84. Go to Amazon.com and create a Wishlist
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