Marcia is hosting a One Small Change linkup and I am joining in on the festivities this week.
I brainstormed some ideas and actually had some difficulty selecting which small change I wanted to initiate. The contenders:
1) Focus on not slouching when I am sitting at my desk all day long (yes, reminiscent of my mom during my childhood)
2) Go to bed by no later than 11:00 PM every weeknight
3) Have a healthy snack in the mid- or late-afternoon
4) Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to the office and brush my teeth after lunch or any snacks
I'm not going to lie. Ultimately I chose #3 for this week because it was the easiest.
There is a lot of discussion about the dangers of late-night eating and how to avoid/control it. I personally don't have much issue with late-night eating (probably because I'm not usually one to skimp on dinner). However, that period of time right after I get home from work can be a rough time for me.
Many times I walk through the doorway so hungry that I'm ready to eat my own arm. It's a deadly combination of being in the comforts of my own home, finally having some time to relax, having easy access to the refrigerator/pantry with my own food choices, and still having some time to go before dinner.
To combat this, I started arming myself heavily with food weaponry for my late-afternoon hunger battles. I've always had a designated drawer o' snacks in my office cubicle, but it was time to expand the artillery. My new and improved arsenal now includes an assortment of fruit, nuts, cereal, peanut butter, protein bars, and crackers. I also stored some extra yogurt and cheese in the office fridge. Then, when late afternoon struck, I was ready.
How did it go? Honestly, some of these snacks worked better for me than others. I have quite a salt tooth and I love crunchy snacks. Therefore, when it came to snacking on the cheese/crackers or the nuts, for example, it was a bit of a challenge not to go overboard with them right then and there. E.g.:
"Why yes, I could easily consume this entire box of Triscuits and this entire 8-pack of sliced cheese in three minutes flat!"
Maybe I can improve upon this initiative by doing what I can to avoid addictive snacks in general? That aside, it did make a difference in allowing me to be in a better state of hunger when I get home from work. It is progress and I will take it. Yee-haw!
Thanks to Marcia for hosting this challenge. And now, onto the next small thing!