A Good Bucket of Milk
Thursday, January 05, 2012
It's one of my Mother's "mom-isms": "You made a good bucket of milk and kicked it right over."
I do it every night. After a good day of exercise, eating right, tracking food, drinking water (making a good bucket of milk)--I find myself eating some truckload of sweet (fill in the blank) at about 4 am. Last night, it was marshmallows (and the bucket goes flying!)
I usually get home at 1 am., so being awake at 4 is not as weird as it sounds. I've tried the usual suggestions: brush your teeth (chocolate and mint--sound familiar?), do something else (works until I stop), exercise (now I'm still awake at 6 am.), fill a small bowl (like the kitchen is too far away to go back to).
There's a Japanese management strategy called "Kaizen," which roughly translates to "continuous slow improvement." It's about making the smallest possible change and building on it. Two of the Kaizen strategies are to take on the low-hanging fruit (changing the easiest thing) first and to standardize. So I'm going to try both.
First I'll make a change in the after-work eating routine EVERY night--just one small thing, one night at a time, one week at a time. After 21 days, I'll work on standardizing a bedtime routine that works whether I get home at 1 am. or 4 am.
Let's see if I manage to keep one of those buckets full.