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Bad Habits: The evening munchies

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'm having a stall in my weight loss right now. I gained a few pounds during my staycation and am now in the process of taking them back off. To help with my progress, I'm trying to be honest with myself and take a good hard look at my bad habits. I think if I can tackle the roots of my problems and see where I've sabotaged myself my whole life, I can take each problem, one at a time, and try to insert a healthy habit where a bad one had been previously.

First up: eating after 9 pm.

I know one of my big problems is caving in to my need for salty-then-sweet-then-salty munchies that tend to strike late in the evening. Just before 9 is when it usually starts. If I can pretend my house is a restaurant and the kitchen closes at 9 sharp, it might help me refrain from popping the refrigerator door open every 20 minutes. During the evenings when I work until 9 and have to take my dinner break by 4, I'm usually starving and apt to eat anything when I get home. And *keep* eating, right up until I have to go to bed. When that happens, I think I will maybe pack an extra Luna bar to eat on the ride home. And if I'm still hungry when I get to the house, I'll drink some water or make some hot herbal tea. Or maybe even head to bed just a smidge early, which I need to try to do anyway.

I am starting to understand that weight loss isn't just an active person's game, it's a thinking person's game. Unraveling the roots of lifelong weight issues requires a lot of introspection. I'm usually good at analyzing myself, so maybe I can harness that and put it to good use. Rewire my synapses and get myself to methodically replace all my bad habits, one habit at a time.

This is a good start, I think. I'm shooting for next Monday as the benchmark for establishing my 9 pm cutoff as a permanent habit.

Wish me luck!
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