Monday, April 4, 2011

Top of the Muffin to ya! Week 12

I've always heard that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and form a new habit in its place, so I thought I'd give it a shot regarding the muffin and its top.  After consulting Dr. Google, I find that this 21 day thing is quite empirical, but. . . I've never liked controlled experiments, anyway. So. . .

For a few days now, I've been doing things differently:

1. Eating a scheduled breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Since Harper was born, this has been the biggest change in how I approach eating.  She eats everything on time, but I tend to graze on the types of food I'm feeding her. ..perhaps, because for so many months, I couldn't eat lunch and dodge pureed prunes at the same time.

This week, instead of chugging coffee until 11:00 a.m. and realizing that if I don't eat, the caffeine jitters may well be responsible for puncturing an artery whilst coupon clipping, I had a cup of coffee and had some oatmeal with my girl. Fun... and less dangerous. And surprise... I haven't been ravenous at lunch and am actually hungry at dinner.

2. Around 3 p.m., things fall apart, Chinua Achebe-style. . . .but I usually don't snack on a yam.  Someone tell me they had to read that book in 10th grade and still remember it in vivid detail. Oh, just me? Anyway...I make poor choices.

Now, Harper and I go down to Brandon's weight room.  I lift light weights, do squats and crunches while she rolls and falls all over exercise balls. If we do that for 45 minutes, it's almost 4:00 and time to leave to pick up Brandon. Crisis averted.

3. Immediately brush teeth after dinner. It totally takes away the temptation to have seconds or snack on errant leftovers while I'm cleaning the kitchen.

4. Fold laundry after Harper goes to bed instead of eyeballing the fridge.  When the days get super long, I'll probably drop this in favor of a walk outside or gardening.. but for now, baby steps.


  1. Hmmmm, teeth brushing after dinner. This sounds like a good idea!

  2. i'm with kim... that's a great idea to brush your teeth after dinner.

    ...or maybe i can brush my teeth after eating just ONE "mini chocolate chip cookie" i won't eat all of them :-P

    and OF COURSE i remember "things fall apart" bhahaha... well, the spark notes version--because i never read anything in high school. anything.

  3. I just picked up Things Fall Apart at the thrift store, but now you are making me wish I didn't, haha, is it a boring read?

    Good luck to your habit breaking!

  4. Ashley, it's an amazing book! You'll love it. ..I just remember way more of it than I do almost any other book I had to read in high school...or college!

  5. I'll need to pack a toothbrush and toothpaste in my purse now to brush after lunch! That's a great idea!! Keep us updated on how it works.

  6. I hated that book, and any other book I was made to read in high school.