Sometimes you gotta quit. I’ve done a little constructive quitting and cutting back. As a vegetarian, I quit eating meat about seven years ago. About three years ago, I drastically reduced my coffee intake from several large cups per day to an average of less than one cup in a week. This year I kicked an annoying, 20-year habit of twisting my hair, and I am drastically cutting my sugar intake. Different as these things are, quitting each of them seemed to follow roughly the same sequence. When they failed, it was often because of a breakdown in this rough formula.