My bad habit is wearing me down.

22Apr2013

The CRUNCH:
My bad habit is wearing me down.

CRUNCH deets:
You’re generally healthy. You work out regularly, eat well most of the time, and sleep as much as your baby lets you. But, like everyone, you have that one pesky monkey on your back and he’s getting harder to shake. It doesn’t help being home all day with no witnesses (at least none who can talk).

The Fix:
List it out.

Fix deets:
We are both equally addicted to sugar. Even the word gets us humming with positive associations… thanks a lot Archies. One of us loves chocolate and the other craves anything sweet with the exception of chocolate – sort of like Jack Sprat and his wife. Which doesn’t help! At least when you’re forced to share it limits the damage you can do alone.

Lately, the chocaholic in our house is finding it harder to resist that urge. You know, THE ONE that gets you in the mid-afternoon slump and again after the kiddos are asleep. Your darling offspring (or your boss/meetings/work) has bananafried you all day, you had a breakfast smoothie and salad for lunch so you deserve a treat (or you didn’t have a chance to eat anything healthy so what’s the harm in one more diet-crasher?), and that Easter chocolate is STILL lying around (or there’s a box of doughnuts someone left in the lunchroom). Just one little nibble won’t hurt, right? WRONG! Of course you know it’s wrong! We all know it’s wrong but it feels oh so right. For about a second. The moment it’s passed to our hips (often even before) our taste buds have moved on and then… remorse. Followed by anger, shame, maybe even nausea. This does not feel good.

The obvious answer is avoidance. Just don’t buy it. Don’t keep it in the house. So, sure, you won’t be stuck with a spoon and an empty icing container on a random Thursday evening, but there’s always PB&J. Or a quick trip to the corner store for an overpriced Mars bar. Or the leftover Hallmark/Hershey’s holiday treats – someone has to finish them, right? Trying to lay down the all blank and no opposite-blank law is a set-up for failure, remember?

So, recognizing the need for a change, we did some research. There’s TONS of impulsive-eating info out there – all relevant for kicking any bad habit. But first you need a pen or your iPhone. If you’re nerds detail-oriented like us, you will LOVE this assignment. Lists, people! Make list upon list describing:

  • triggers that push your buttons (do we really need to spell these out???)
  • why you want to quit (um, hello muffin top)
  • what you hope to accomplish (buy-bye muffin top!)
  • your support system (you know who you are ladies!)
  • what to do when your willpower’s bending (note to self: learn how to Instagram)
  • goals (smirking at that jumbo bag of chocolate chips instead of running for cover)
  • mini-goals (putting the bag o’ choc away after ten chips, then nine, eight, and, well, you can rock the count)
  • rewards (a REAL dessert once a week)
  • mini-rewards (dedicating time to a less harmful guilty pleasure)
  • what to do when you fall off the wagon (go to bed bummed; then wake up to a new day)

We’re not into elimination – just a little more self-control and a lot less guilt. It’s all about balance.

Remember this:
Reward charts aren’t just for kids (unless you’re using Strawberry Shortcake stickers). Figuring out what’ll motivate you best, and finding a buddy who’ll sing “You’ve got a friend in me,” will empower you to control that bad habit before it becomes an all-consuming addiction. No twelve-step program required.

Email us if you want to hear more about our sugar-crash, check out our lists, or be a part of our awesome support team!

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