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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.
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    I need to work on forming a new habit with food too. I binge eat. I'm getting better at it. Resisting urges, getting enough calories in, and distracting myself. I always forget that it takes time to form a new habit. I need to keep reminding myself of this when I want to give up. Good tips! Thanks for sharing!
    1367 days ago
    Good personal insight. Good luck with breaking the bad habit! You're making me reflect on my nightly eating habits as well.
    1375 days ago
  • KANOE10
    It is hard and uncomfortable to break a habit, but you can do it! Think of it as developing a new healthy habit and being free of your old habit. You will be much happier.
    Despite developing many healthy habits, we can all slip into habits that need changing. You are wise to work on one.

    I hope your job is less stressful!

    1375 days ago
    Boy, you are on it and that's impressive! I wish you the very best. It's hard work to break a habit.
    1375 days ago
    ouch. the truth sure can be painful. i share your harmful habit, and all the excuses in the world cannot change the fact that i have indeed established a harmful habit, and it is my responsibility to alter it if i want change. thank you for your beautiful articulation. and i loved jeanknee's response! tonight (actually, monday morning), when i awaken at 3 am and want to head to the kitchen, i'm going to remember that i have a partner in breaking that pattern. emoticon
    1375 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2014 1:06:09 AM
    Your determination is palpable.


    4 to 6 weeks...old habit broken...new habit instilled...
    1375 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2014 11:33:09 PM
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