Timing is everything, as the saying goes. And for me, it holds true for dieting as well. I do well much of the day, but in the evening hours, between dinner and bedtime, my craving monster and willpower-busting demons come out to play.
Almost every night I struggle. I finish dinner, sated, and immediately my mind goes to what I can eat next. And over the course of the next several hours I think about food a lot. Sometimes I eat, sometimes I don’t. But rarely is it because I am actually hungry. Habit, surely. In my honeymoon diet phase I didn’t snack like this at night and I just didn’t think about it all the time either. So I know I can stop. I know I can! These witching hours are the time of day I am most likely to overeat, most likely to give in to cravings. I can do a lot of damage in a few hours:(
The evenings pass soooo slowly when my focus is on eating. Or NOT eating. I felt myself falling into old snack habits with my new healthy foods and quite frankly it was time to put on the brakes before things got out of control.
Then I found perfectly timed inspiration from two fellow bloggers. Melissa wrote a great post about her own struggles with nighttime snacking. My immediate response was that we should join forces and make a pact to conquer this thing. And then Sarah started a challenge to do just that – help each other with accountability and goals. Aha – I said. It is meant to be:)
So I am jumping on the challenge bandwagon and my number one focus will be: no overeating in the evening! I am still working on some clearly defined goals to accomplish this. For now it will be about things I am going to avoid eating that I have been triggers for binges. So no bread for snacks, no protein bars unless caught away from home in desperate need of a something to tide me over, and no Triscuits anytime anywhere anyhow. I’ll see what that does for me and my missing witching hour willpower and go from there.
I’d love to have you join me! The more the merrier. Power in numbers. You can go to Sarah’s blog to join her challenge there or just commit on your own. What do you need to focus on right now?