Out of Habit
Sunday, May 18, 2014
I've had a bit of a breakthrough dealing with the nightly stress eating. I regarded it is stress, avoidance of work at 10pm when I didn't want to be working. I tried using distractions or finding alternate tasks or take my mind off it. It didn't make a difference. I wanted to wait until I didn't have to be working late at night to see if I could stop, but even that hasn't really changed.
At the start it might have just been a result of stress and avoidance, but it's not anymore. Now the late night eating has turned into a habit.
I have plenty of good habits that I've invested much time into developing. But I also need to see through the excuses and recognize that I've developed bad habits as well.
Habits take about 4 to 6 weeks to develop. My body is trained now to eat at night. It is used to the pattern, and it is dependent upon it. I do not need or want to eat at night, but I am in the habit of it. It will not be distracted or detoured away from the want to perpetuate said habit.
I've been going about it all wrong. Instead of trying to distract my habit I need to ignore it. Just sit and do nothing until it goes away. To break a habit will take about 4 to 6 weeks so you can well guess what I'll be doing the next couple of months.