This week, I killed another squirrel. I didn't mean to, honest. Squirrels have this propensity for making dumb moves that ultimately cost them their lives — just take a look at the squirrel roadkill in your community. I'm sure you'll find a squashed one on the side of the road somewhere without having to go too far.

I started to think about the death toll of squirrels after my little rodent friend met his doom under my car. Why do they end up being fodder for your tires so often?

That's easy. Squirrels can't make a decision; just watch one and see what I mean. They start crossing the street (never looking first to see if it's safe), and then find themselves in the middle of a busy road with cars zooming past. Rather than going back or proceeding forward, they dart back and forth between deciding to go to the other side or deciding to go back. Their indecision is their ultimate demise.

It seems that the times of my life where I've experienced the most pain are those indecisive times when I can't seem to decide what to do next. I end up paying a big price for my indecision and eventually reap a big consequence.

That's how it is for us when we get stuck on a plateau with our body clutter. We can't seem to lose anymore so we toss back and forth between being on our "diets" or being "off our diets" or even "trying something new." This indecision becomes our undoing as we goof around with different ideas.

You've heard the old saying, "There is nothing new under the sun." That is true, and when it comes to eating, "dieting" and losing your body clutter permanently, that is even more true. It's the consistent application of doing the right things 90 percent of the time that is going to get you the results you want.

Inconsistency is death — it is just another word for indecision. When you have really decided, once and for all, that your health is a priority, you're going to do what you have to do to get to the other side and persistently stick your neck out, do the difficult thing and keep doing it, even when it gets hard. Translated, that means you're going to eat the foods you know you should be eating (very easy to identify — no scary additives or 2-inch long ingredient lists on the side of the package), drinking your water (that means water, not diet soda) and exercising five to six days a week (yep, you're going to have to sweat).

Your body is irreplaceable. You cannot replace it like you would replace your worn-out car or an old pair of pants. You cannot wish, talk about or read about healthy living and obtain it without doing what you need to do to get it. That means eating right (and cooking most of your food at home), hydration (through the aforementioned water), exercise, stress reduction (deep breathing and meditation is great) and building positive relationships with those closest around you.

We have a lot more control over our lives than we think we do. M&Ms are not holding you hostage making you eat them, nor do Krispy Kreme donuts jump into your mouth without the aid of a hand putting them there. We need to grow up a little and start taking our health seriously, and that starts with an honest assessment of how we eat, drink and move.


Leanne Ely, aka Dinner Diva, is the author of the best-selling "Saving Dinner" and "Saving Dinner the Low Carb Way" (Ballantine). What's for dinner? Go to www.savingdinner.com and find the solution!