Isn't there a saying something like "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result", not sure I got it right - but I really identify with it. A few key behaviors have plagued me for sometime but I never seem to deal with them as issues, but just try and fight each battle. Well I am done with that. Here are a few trigger situations for me and my new game plan for handling them:
Snacking while I cook dinner - I always snack while I cook. Either I've already had a crappy day eating wise and think 'what the heck' or I've a good day and think 'I deserve a crouton or slice of buttered bread, or a few hand fulls of cheese'. Here is the thing - I can't stop at one and because I am cooking and doing other things, I lose track of what the hell I am eating. So now I am on day 3 of my new "no snacking" policy while I prepare any meals. So far so good! Tonight I almost threw an olive in my mouth as I was slicing them for a salad, but I caught myself just in time!
Eating after dinner - I get up early so I go to bed early, there is no reason I need a snack before bed; and nothing good comes of me trying to compromise that. I do better and feel better if I eat dinner, brush my teeth - and be done with it.
Not eating sugar - I have a tough time with this one! I have known for a while that sugar just doesn't do well in my system. I can go an entire day and not think about sweets once, but if I start the day with a small donut - forget it...I am screwed. So my plan with this is just to treat white sugar as the plague! I know in a few instances I can handle it, but I also know that in many more - I cannot.
As with most bad habits, it isn't really that hard to change the behavior - the hard part is committing to the change!