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Back in April 2012, I had mentioned to all of you that I started my 30 day challenge inspired by the whole notion that children essentially learn habits after 30 days. My logic back in April focused on using my laziness to my advantage. If you’ll recall, I’m notoriously lazy but I’m efficiently lazy because I’ll move faster than a rabbit and multi-task and make sound decisions just so that I’ll have more time to relax and chill out with my child or do other things I consider more fun. Thus, back then, I figured if I brushed my teeth with my daughter, not only would I be role modeling healthy hygiene habits but I’d avoid late night snacking because I’d be too lazy to brush my teeth. Yes, folks, that is how my brain operates.
Well, it’s now the end of May and you might just be wondering how I’m doing on this whole ‘not snacking at night’ idea. After all, the old habit of ‘eating at night’ was replaced with the new habit of ‘not eating at night’ and back in April, I was quite successful at keeping it up. Could I keep it up?
The “Don’t Eat After You Brush Your Teeth” habit: what’s going on in May?
Well, overall, I’d have to say that I’ve noticed some physical benefits to not snacking at night which is proof positive that I really am that lazy and will abstain from eating at night because I don’t want to brush my teeth all over again. Now, the physical changes I’ve experienced aren’t just from not eating at night. To stretch out my tired muscles from hunching over the computer typing away, I’ve taken to do some exercises in between periods of typing. What kind of exercise, do you ask?
Well, they certainly aren’t your average typical exercises (remember, I’m lazy). So, what I usually grab are 2 books or bottles of shampoo or anything that has some weight and I’ll do a variety of repetitive moves to music to stretch my poor shoulder muscles. Combined with the ‘not eating after brushing my teeth’ habit, my whole body is toner and my clothes are certainly fitting a lot looser. In fact, I’ve dropped down a dress size! That’s pretty amazing huh? The physical change is enough for fellow colleagues to comment however I’ve never jumped on a scale (I don’t believe in it) so I can’t tell you how much I weighed before or after but the physical difference is noticeable.
I decided to make this habit change because I know that late night snacking is not good for me. I still snack during the day and haven’t denied myself of any specific type of foods. I eat what I want to eat but just not at night after I’ve brushed my teeth. Sure there have been a few days here and there that I’ve eaten later at night but it’s no longer an ongoing occurrence.
I’ve also continued to bring coffee from home to work. The potential money saved from just bringing coffee from home is astounding. I could be $500 richer just by not buying a coffee everyday, 5 days a week. That is pretty mindboggling. The added bonus is, because I’m not at the coffee shop, I’m rarely tempted to buy the muffin or doughnut or cookie which again makes a difference in the long run.
Final Thought (for now):
I’m going to continue on with this lazy habit idea because it’s obviously working and requires a minimal amount of effort to me. At least, I’m not dragging myself to the gym at 4 or 5 in the morning which I would never be able to commit to. I commend everyone who can because it seriously is just not in me especially when you consider that it’s almost midnight and I’m still typing away on the laptop for this post!
I’ll continue to keep you all posted on how this “no eating after brushing” habit plays out! In the meantime, consider what you can do to make these little habit changes in your life that will amount to something bigger.
Missed my first post on the 30 Day Challenge? Click on the links below to read more:
Tip: Building Better Habits – The 30 Day Challenge
Tip: Building Better Habits – Part 2: Stop Snacking at Night
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