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. emoticon
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  • SHERR513
    2628 days ago
    Wow -- have I been there. And I don't even like sweets that much vs. other foods but lately I've been craving.

    Should I mention that when I don't have them in the house, no matter how late, I will drive and get them? As I always say, once an addict, always an addict.

    A few new things I'm trying

    1. Make myself pay for the "extra" food. I'm doing that this week. I'm seeing how many total calories I went over my goals this week and then working out on Sunday (my usual "rest" day) to burn those off.

    2. Going back to tea. What I've done in the past is "finish" my eating day with a cup of tea. That tells me, ok, that's the end of the eating. Done now.

    I wish I had lots more to share but that's it by now. Hopefully we can break this bad habit of spilling the milk together!!

    PS - for what it's worth, I used to have a job where I'd get home about 1 a.m. too -- Sigh --


    2630 days ago
    If you are able, can you just not have the sweets in the house? Fortunately for me I do the grocery shopping and I had to get in the habit of not buying them anymore because if certain foods are in the house I will eat them all until gone.
    2631 days ago
    Wow I forgot all about the about the Kaizen mgt stuff. You are right. A little change at a time.

    When you say one small thing each night, what do you mean? I am curious because I would like to apply this same principle in some of my problem food areas.
    2632 days ago
    Getting into a routine will really help you. And their right. Make small changes you can keep and build on them a little at a time. It works. emoticon
    2632 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan to me!
    2632 days ago
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