I am a creature of habit.
I go to bed at about the same time. I wake up at about the same time. I tend to eat the same foods. I like to go for a walk along the same paths. I follow routines.
There’s a touch of OCD attached to my habits. For instance, I get out of my vehicle and my keys HAVE to be in my hand for me to lock and close the door. Even if I put them in my purse 10 seconds prior, I still have to dig them out and hold them to be able to close and lock the door.
Some habits serve me well. I rarely lock my keys in my vehicle.
Some habits, do not.
One habit that I’m in the process of breaking is the 10pm snack. Boys tucked in, I have few minutes to myself, I’m sitting down with my computer and a glass of water and… I’m looking for a snack.
Usually – in the past – that snack would be cookies, chips, ice cream.
Tonight, although I have an extra 51 calories left in my day, I stopped, took stock of what was going on for me, and realize I wasn’t hungry. It was habitually looking for food.
I turned off the kitchen light and sat down with my laptop and water.
I wonder how many other times I’ve eaten because of habit, boredom or whatever?
Tonight, I win. The habit may not be broken, but it’s certainly weakened.
What habits are you trying to break?