Snacking Through the Fundamentals of Life


As anyone  who has studied the great philosophers, and thrown in a couple of brisk walks over the Himalayas during their life experiences can attest, few things demonstrate a person’s desire to connect with the world around him more accurately than his responses to a bar of chocolate.

As you may know, my brain, never a reliable piece of equipment, recently underwent a self-induced assault and is slightly wonky. I find myself doing  odd things, and have some trouble concentrating. Regardless of that, seeing a small bar of chocolate in the fridge today,  a sense of the old adventurer rose from the depths, producing a dazzling display of hand eye co-ordination. I removed said bar from fridge and prepared it for ritual sacrifice. The wrapper was powerless in its attempt to protect the contents  and  soon the bar was  gone.

As the last mouthful was washed down with a mug of coffee I reflected that perhaps the chocolate had not been placed in the fridge for my benefit. Thinner figures than mine might have harboured designs on it. Oops but not much I can do about it now. It was another example of the victory of instinct over dietary planning. As is often the case, instinct had been victorious over strategy.  Bogland, ( actually I wrote “Blogland” but I was too childishly amused to change Mr Spellchecker’s suggestion )  is rich in experts in all matters from fitness and dieting through to car maintenance but I am not skilled in these fields.

I am the enthusiastic amateur whom the expert often regret has joined their class. In fact expertise is not my expertise. I can nod with a mixture of admiration and bewilderment as someone explains his field of knowledge, and I am very happy to do so, but that’s as far as it will go. If someone talks about splitting the atom, I can add helpfully  that it must be much easier to pack like that.

No doubt I will ease through life blissfully lacking the skills apparently required to traverse it, but as long as a little chocolate appears in the fridge on occasion I will muddle through, I am not a purist and some way off being a fanatic. Cheese will certainly do, or a small slice of carrot cake. Anything to ease the challenge of reading a walking magazine or contemplating the rigours of Yoga .

Do not fear, however. Like so many of us I am always seeking for self-improvement. Let us therefore cling to this thought. For those of us for whom actual exercise may be a step too far,  the thought of exercise alone can raise the metabolic rate. It’s a comforting idea isn’t it.

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About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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22 Responses to Snacking Through the Fundamentals of Life

  1. I like your comment about the atom being easier to pack when split!

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  2. Perry Mead says:

    Excellent. Profoundly observant while maintaining a lightness of humour. Your style and substance are equally eloquent. A pleasure to read on a cold Monday (or any other) morning.. Your blog makes this life sentence bearable.

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  3. backonmyown says:

    Hi Ducks. You’ve started my day with a happy giggle, as you often do. You know, I worried for a time about your self-inflicted head injury, that it would somehow make your writing less than it had been before. I am therefore delighted to give you my diagnosis: You’re still there, sharp as ever.

    And yes, it is comforting indeed to know that I can think myself fit and svelte. I’m going to work on that right now as I munch on a breakfast cookie. I hope you’re having a good day so far!

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  4. Barbara says:

    I’m one of those people who eat to live rather than live to eat but it doesn’t mean I don’t battle the bulge. I grew up underweight so the idea of even contemplating what I want to eat is foreign to me. I’ve always maintained if I stay active in some way, even walking around the city, it will keep things in check. Then I started a blog, a book, and asst. other projects that pretty much require sitting on my arse all day. So I thank you for the idea that merely contemplating exercise is in itself exercise.
    You are now my new fitness guru!
    b

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  5. Al says:

    Ducks, just imagine the monumental amount of calories you burned up opening and closing that fridge door and unwrapping that tenacious wrapper (in spite of its powerless attempt at protection, as you put it), not to mention the act of chewing and digesting. I’m assuming that you also spent volumes of calories brewing and preparing and swallowing the coffee as a chaser. And how about the energy played out writing a blog about this episode. The more I think about it, the more I believe you have stumbled on a new diet fad that could make you famous. I’d say more but must be on my way to the grocer for a workout with some Cadbury bars……..

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    • Your comment, as usual Al, is full of powerful insight. I think we might well have stumbled on a major money making opportunity here. I agree that a board meeting nourished by several bars of cadbury’s is the next logical step

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  6. Mira Jay says:

    I’d come back after some time to check on the pounds you’ve lost……….or gained:)
    Peace & Light

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  7. nelle says:

    I’ll be watching for your next post. If there isn’t one, we’ll know for whom the chocolate was intended. 🙂

    I love your unique perspectives on about everything.

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  8. winsomebella says:

    You are wise to moderate the self-improvement and to gorge on the chocolate instead. I would too 🙂

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  9. Aww Peter, this post is killing me! I am on my second day of a cleanse and all I had for dinner was some vegetable broth…I haven’t had chocolate for about a week! It’s like you knew this and wrote it anyway lol 🙂

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  10. renxkyoko says:

    ” Easier to pack a split atom”…. LOL. Love that ! ! ! !

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  11. eof737 says:

    I can relate… When I’m writing late at night, i reach for a forbidden snack and then battle to avoid it…I find chips quick and easy to digest but they pack some calories… Life goes on. 😉

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  12. Beth says:

    Eat. More. Chocolate.

    Besides, chocolate is good for you, right? Isn’t there something about antioxidants in dark chocolate? Yeah, I’m going with that…

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  13. Good tip Beth. I’ve got a feeling there are more antioxidents than calories now you come to mention it

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  14. ~Ducky,
    your words melt like chocolate inside my mind.

    Is that fattening? Xxx

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