[Title blatantly stolen from 30 Rock /Liz Lemon /Tina Fey]
The 5% Challenge this week is blogging about habit change.
Prepare for a shock, people. One of my worst habits is night-time snacking.
We all know that we're not supposed to eat the entire package of Oreos or the family-size bag of Doritos, but hey, when you eat a little of this and a little of that after dinner, well....it can't add up to that many calories, can it?
Delusional with a capital D, huh?
I'm not actively pretending that night-time snacking has no consequences
(But consider for a moment this philosophical premise: If I don't dirty a dish, does the food have calories?), rather I'm not thinking or too involved with soothing the hurts of the day with something yummy. Sometimes, the soothing food is healthy yummy like fruit, but I hardly need to tell you that that's on the good days.
My night-time snacking is caused in part by not eating meals and/or not eating enough at those meals throughout the day.
1) What new habit you wish to develop?
Eat meals (at least 300 cal) at regular intervals throughout the day.
2) How will you do that?
a. Pack lunch and breakfast to take to work
b. Stop working at some point between 11:30 and 1 to eat lunch. (Breakfast is easy to graze while getting the office up and going in the morning.)
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?
Ummm...excellent question. Since the habit is related to night-time snacking, actually doing 2a&b discourages after-dinner snacking. I will keep track with stars or stickers on my calendar to record snack-free nights. It's nice to see the stars accumulate.
Next time you're at the store, pick up a package of stars. The kid in you will be thrilled to get a star for good behavior!