When I get frazzled or stressed at work in combination with being hungry, I'll often eat the first convenient food I see. More often than not, this comes from the candy jar.
Today I put a bag of baby carrots and a container of hummus on my desk. The hope was that I would eat what was healthy if it was within easy reach, instead of traveling the arterial roads to the chocolate. This would be at least one small step towards healthier eating habits! As a result, I am proud to say that I did bypass the candy jar today and instead plow through the carrots/hummus. It was more out of pure convenience than anything else, but it worked.
Unfortunately this also means I am now conducting a side-test of whether or not you can really turn orange from consuming too much beta-carotene.
(By the way, this isn't the first time I have tested the changeability of skin tones based on overconsumption of a certain food. I've been to two blueberry-producing capitals during their peak growing season - one being Southwest Michigan, the other being Nova Scotia. In both places I've purchased industrial-sized containers of blueberries and then proceeded to eat the entire contents within obscenely short periods of time. I thought I was going to turn into a Smurf.)
On that note, I had mentioned earlier that I was considering trying to wean myself of listening to music while running, at least on occasion. I did a 4-miler yesterday successfully without listening to music. I did wear my headphones but just didn't turn on my MP3 player (though I did have it in my hand ready to flip on at a moment's notice!)
It actually wasn't so bad running in silence when I was prepared for it. I still do think that it will take some time to get used to it on a regular basis. But at least the first non-music run is done, so that's progress.
Baby steps, baby steps!