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Working on my night cheese, part I

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

[Title blatantly stolen from 30 Rock /Liz Lemon /Tina Fey]
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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.
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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!
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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/7/2013 6:10PM

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CLPURNELL 3/7/2013 5:53PM

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KBARRY23 3/6/2013 4:55PM

    Great plan - you got this firecracker!! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 3/6/2013 12:17PM

    emoticon I love night cheese (the 30 Rock reference). Good luck improving your habit!

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PATTISTAMPS 3/6/2013 11:45AM

    Just like cookies over this sink have no calories... right. Does the tooth fairy still come to your house? He does to mine! LOL.

Making good choices all day to keep from being hungry at night is a great way to break this habit. Make a healthy dinner an important part of your life as well.

I do occasionlly have an evening craving - and I keep a box of 40 calorie fudgecicles in the freezer and 60 calorie pudding in the fridge. That way if I really have to have something, it isn't a bad thing. 100 calorie popcorn is also good.

You CAN do this!!! You WILL do this!! Together we can do it!

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NINJA-NED 3/6/2013 11:43AM

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LOLATURTLE 3/6/2013 11:10AM

    STICKERS!!! I'm going to get some. Fun.

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FUZZIEBEAR3 3/6/2013 10:13AM

    Yep, I use emoticon stickers too, it is funny how we work for a sticker.

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MARATHONDAD 3/6/2013 10:10AM

    I struggle with that too

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/6/2013 9:55AM

    I struggle with night time snacking too. I'm trying to keep busy at night so I won't be too tempted.

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MARYDSAN 3/6/2013 4:20AM

    Sort of like broken cookies not having calories! Enjoyable blog, sounds like you have a plan!

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NUOVAELLE 3/6/2013 2:18AM

    Oh, that's a tough one! Night-time snacking is no joke! But all bad habits can become extinct if we work at it. Just a thought: since night-time snacking means lack of deep, all-through-the-night sleep, wouldn't it make sense to do some things to try and improve your sleep quality? Think about it!
And thank you for the star advice! There's definitely a kid inside every one of us who would be more than thrilled with all those stars!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 3/6/2013 2:06AM

    Watch those emoticon emoticon light up your calendar. emoticon one day at a time.

maria

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/6/2013 12:45AM

    Super emoticon emoticon emoticon if you stop night eating. How badly do you want to be a emoticon ? :D emoticon

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DALADYDENEESE 3/6/2013 12:36AM

    Nice article and encouraging, I like the way you wrote it as well. Ty for Posting it.. :D emoticon

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PLUMERIA50 3/6/2013 12:33AM

  Not dirtying a dish = zero calories?! Good thing I never thought of that rationalization! emoticon emoticon

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