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Fess up time… What are your UNhealthy Habits?

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Weekly QuestionOk, it’s Weekly Question time! The last two weeks I reposted old questions to bring back the series. This week I’m starting fresh with a post some of you may find out of character.

Normally I’m positive. I like to remind people to focus on the small changes and own every and ANY accomplishments they make. Remember when I asked about saying "only" or whether or not you compare yourself to to others? I like those type of questions because they get you thinking about and owning the progress you’ve made to be a little healthier/conscious/positive.

However, sometimes I think the opposite can be a good exercise as well. Sometimes simply acknowledging the things you’d like to change about your behavior is the first step to actually changing it. Notice I said "your behavior" and not "you." We need to understand there is nothing "wrong" with us. We are fine just the way we are–fat/skinny/short/tall WHATEVER! But we may do things that don’t support our goals or the lifestyle we want to live.

For example….

I have a hard time brushing my teeth before bed. I stay up too late and by the time I get my butt upstairs I’m so exhausted I just collapse into bed. I want to brush my teeth. I really do. I know it’s the healthy thing to do. I like my teeth. I want them to stay around for as long as possible but for some reason I just struggle with this habit. Bad I KNOW! (note: After writing this I think I’m realizing the REAL behavior I should probably change is going to bed earlier!)

Here’s another. I can’t make a sandwich without sneaking slices of cheese or lunch meat. I’ve battled this habit my whole life. I swear when I was in college I’d consume more calories in cheese while making the sandwich then where in the sandwich itself!

I broke this habit when I joined Weight Watchers in 2005 because I didn’t want to have to count the points (one of the reasons WW worked for me) but it’s been creeping back since becoming pregnant. I find myself picking more and more.

One more, since I’m on a roll. My night time snacking habits are HORRENDOUS right now. Not being hungry I still search for evening treats daily. I try to stick with fruits but truth be told, I’ve been gravitating towards the husbands cookies and cupcakes more and more.

I’m not telling you these things because I feel guilty or angry at myself. I’m telling you them because they are things I’m working on. Things I recognize about my behavior that I’d like to change. Facing them, talking about them and owning them are the only way I will be able to change them.

Who’s wiling to share this week? What are some habits you’d like to change?

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Discussion

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    ashley@quasichick

    January 19, 2011

    1. Taking off my makeup before bed
    2. Sneaking a nibble of the daughter’s snacks..hehehe..they always say “Mooooommmm”
    3. Checking my FB, Twitter, etc. too much!

    roni

    January 19, 2011

    OMG.. I could list all those too! LOL

    Susan

    January 19, 2011

    I thought I was the only one who had a hard time with teeth brushing at bedtime!

    For me, it’s picking just before dinner (both what I’m preparing, and wanting to snack). Like it would kill me to wait 20 minutes or whatever for dinner to be ready.

    1. I want to get better about washing my face and brushing my teeth before bed. I try my best but I’m lucky to do it 4 out of 7 nights a week.
    2. I want to drink less, as a whole. I drink quite a bit. So far so good this month.
    3. I’m working on another private one and still so far so good. :)

    Erika

    January 19, 2011

    I actually have a hard time making myself eat when I get home at night. By the time I am home from work, I find myself not wanting to cook and barely feeling hungry. But I know that if I don’t eat, I’ll end up starving at 10pm and eating snack food!

    My bad habit is not eating breakfast until 10:30/11:00am. Even though I have been up for 4.5/5hours it takes me so long to get around to eating that first meal!

    Amanda

    January 19, 2011

    Night time snacking! It’s awful!

    Flossing. Hands down, flossing.

    Make-up before bed.

    Simply turning off the tv and going to be (AND FB/twitter/blogs/email too much!)

    Misty

    January 20, 2011

    I touched on this in the #attunechat on Twitter today, but one of my main bad habits is that I have a tendency to eat when there’s no one around even if I’m not the slightest bit hungry, because it gives me an odd sense of pride when I do it without getting “caught.” I’m trying to combat it by keeping healthier foods around though, so I’ll be more likely to “sneak” a 100 calorie pack of almonds instead of a snack cake or the like.

    As for the teeth brushing, maybe get a package of those Wisp no-water-required tooth brushes for a quick brush right before you hop into bed (if you have a trashcan in your bedroom)? Something’s better than nothing, and they leave your mouth feeling just as clean, in my experience.

    Shannon

    January 20, 2011

    I don’t get ready for bed (shower or wash my face, brush teeth, etc), I usually just drop into bed.

    I need to work on my caffeine habit. I don’t drink soda but coffee is a weakness.

    Consistent workouts, getting off my butt and just doing it rather than watching TV while lying on the couch.

    Jen (Making Messes)

    January 20, 2011

    I struggle with the teeth brushing thing too. It’s bad…..

    And lately I’ve gotten in the habit of not washing my face.

    What’s next?

    Reinaldo

    January 20, 2011

    Skipping workouts because – and these are absolutly reasonables excuses-: the day is too cloudy/ it’s raining/ I had a argument at work / it’s probably independance day IN SOME COUNTRY so it’s a holiday…

    The beer is already there, so…

    The well known “I might as well” with processed foods. Oh, I had a bite of pasta? Next thing I know, I’m in an orgy of bread, twinkies, hot-dogs and muffins, all the food just flying around in slow motion and I’m jumping in slo-mo as well, full smile on my face…

    Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life

    January 20, 2011

    night time snacking. I have ALWAYS struggled with this, I have learned to make healthy choices throughout the day so I will not put so much guilt on myself. however, I feel at times I’m binging : / and I hate the way I feel afterwards. I wish their was an easy cure for this, I’ve even tried going to bed lol it’ll work for one night and then I’m back to snacking the next night! ::sigh:: frustrating.

    s

    January 20, 2011

    brushing before bed. definitely.
    eating when tired.
    caffeinating at the wrong (read: too late) times of the day, leading to insomnia
    eating food without regard to feeling of fullness just to make space in the pantry

    Reinaldo

    January 20, 2011

    And I forgot… reading weight loss and foodies’ blogs and making comments when I’m supposed to be sleeping. *checks the clock* 1:12 AM already?

    Jennifer

    January 20, 2011

    1. Reddi-Whip! That’s my go to snack for a sweet fix. I don’t track it and can easily overdo it.
    2. Weighing myself too much. I often feel myself slave to the scale weighing in the morning and night. I’ll even weigh myself again if, um, things have ‘moved.’ (Sorry-TMI)
    3. Ditto on the FB/bad skincare regime. I’d really like to see myself do better in this area. In fact, I’m bad in the entire ‘Taking care of self’ arena- hair, skin, nails, dr appts, dental appts, breast exams, and on and on. That is what I’m really tackling this year. If I don’t invest in myself, then what will be left to give to my family if my account of self is bankrupt? That means putting myself first sometimes and that can be really difficult.

    Erica

    January 20, 2011

    I have a bad habit of picking at food whenever I am cooking, during the cooking process I will pick on whatever I can, then I’ll have dinner with my family and after as I am putting food away I will sneak a last bite at whatever I am putting away. I feel soooo guilty after and wish I didnt do it. I also after wonder how many extra points I have consumed (I am doing the weight watchers points plus) while picking at the food. Anyway it is something I really have to deal with and learn how to stop! I cook at home almost everyday breakfast, lunch and dinner on most days. Although cooking at home is a good thing, it does not help with my bad habit :0(

    1. Playing on the internet at work.
    2. Eating sugary stuff just about any time it’s available.
    3. Soda habit
    4. Staying up too late.

    Paige

    January 20, 2011

    haha, when I saw the title of this post, I immediately thought of TOOTHBRUSHING! Well, more specifically my night-time routine. It’s only on the sleepiest of nights that I don’t brush my teeth, but I skip removing my makeup, putting on moisturizer and FLOSSING all of the time. I need to not leave these things until right before bed. I think I’m going to set a goal of having these things done by 8:30 pm. By then I’m always done eating for the night, and I’m not yet tired. It takes literally 10 minutes! No big deal, and it leaves my skin and teeth so much healthier!

    The other one (which is so ridiculous I don’t even want to type it) is this weird feedback loop I put myself in with timing of exercise. So I’ll tell myself that I’m going to exercise first thing (I’m a stay at homer, so I have all day most days). But then I wake up and I don’t feel great or I’m hungry or I really want to check my email or something, so I tell myself it’s OK to put it off for a bit. An hour later, I’m mad at myself for putting it off, I feel like I’ve failed, and I decide not to do any exercise at all until tomorrow when I’ll *surely* exercise first thing (heh, heh). All-or-nothing-mentality, you suck!

    Mandy

    January 20, 2011

    1) Staying up waaaay too late. This directly conincides with habit #2…

    2) Consuming too much caffeine. Coffee and diet soda. I’m horrible about them. On the up side, I don’t load up on sugary drinks and my coffee, if not nearly plain, is a latte with soy or skim milk.

    3) Starting off the day with sugar. It’s pretty terrible, but a lot of times in the AM I’ll nibble a piece of chocolate or candy while breakfast is cooking. Even if I’m healthy for the day as a whole, I feel it’s just a horrible way to set the tone for the day.

    Jayne

    January 20, 2011

    Thank goodness my partner is like a tooth-brushing drill sergeant – he keeps me obedient in that department!

    On the downside though, I have the WORST tendency to be pessimistic, and see the negative side of even the best scenarios. For instance, a couple weeks ago I submitted a doctoral thesis that I spent 5 months writing, and I didn’t even manage to congratulate myself before my mind was filled with anxiety and depression over forthcoming professional obligations. Seriously!

    Predisposition toward depression can be a tough one, because it comes with (for me, anyway) an isolating mindset and a complete lack of motivation to try and improve (not to mention a disordered attitude toward food and exercise). I watched my mom and grandmother battle severe depression though (and lose, for the most part) and that’s really made me more wary of the negative thought patterns that fuel the descent in mindset. In the same way that you can ‘beat’ a genetic predisposition toward diabetes with a careful diet and exercise, a bit of mental discipline can really help you overcome a predisposition toward depression. Or at least, those are the words I’m living by.

    Oh, and also, I have a terrible habit of not taking my make-up off before bed!

    I don’t floss my teeth! I know it’s tragic. I do so much for my health and longevity but not this.

    Roni, have you ever read The Beck Diet Solution or Skinny Thinking? I know that you are the master of Weight Watchers, it’s just that no matter how many times I did Weight Watchers, I ultimately put all of the weight back on because in my head I had never altered my relationship with food. From this post, I hear that you are struggling with the same things in our head that all of us here struggle with and I just wanted to let you know that those two books are invaluable in ending the war in our heads with food. I sound like I work for the authors but I don’t. I’m just someone who’s life was finally turned around.

    Alicia C.

    January 20, 2011

    Not getting to bed early enough.

    I work an hour from home so I am on the road two-hours every day and at work for the regular eight-hour day. I fight with myself every night over going to bed at a decent time. I feel cheated when I get home from work and have to start getting ready for bed a mere 2 to 2.5 hours later(which ends up begin almost directly after eating after dinner). So I stay up way to late to spend time with my husband and my step-son(who both have different schedules than my self). 4am comes very quickly when you don’t get into to bed until 10:30pm. The lack of sleep is exhausting and I feel worn out before my work week is over.

    This exhaustion and discontent is my excuse for every other unhealthy habit I partake in.

    Kim

    January 20, 2011

    Let’s see….
    The PHYSICAL undesired habits are:
    Sneaky eating when no one is home
    Eating EVERYTHING on my plate even if I am full
    Straying from my food plan by one bite then continuing a full binge
    Not brushing teeth at night (but I am a flossaholic – get flossers!)
    Throwing clothes on the floor NEXT to the laundry basket
    Not putting clean laundry away
    I could continue but….

    The MENTAL undesired habits are:
    HIGHLY CRITICAL of myself and others
    Making excuses to procrastinate about ANYTHING
    Thinking the worst of a situation rather than the best
    Taking EVERYTHING personal

    I sound like a mess! LOL!!! :O)

    Great Question – Great Responses! Turns out we all struggle similarly… :O)

    Deb Cadovius

    January 20, 2011

    I echo EVERYTHING listed here outside of the caffeine (I’m allergic – I know, it’s tragic).
    I don’t floss like I should
    I don’t always brush my teeth and remove make-up before bed
    I make excuses for not working out ever since we moved from Hawaii to Connecticut last month – Hubs is in the Navy (I cannot seem to adjust to this crazy winter weather).
    I also eat in private ’cause it feels good to “get away with it.”
    I don’t accurately count my daily points (hence the 30 lb gain in the last 3 years)

    The good thing is I recognize all of these things and I’m working on them. I haven’t binged in 3 weeks and I’m doing a much better job reversing my negative self-talk! Your site is amazing and I read it everyday! Do take care

    Sandra

    January 20, 2011

    @Kim: Your brain and my brain must have been fused in another life because I have pretty much the SAME mental list. The only thing I don’t do is taking everything personally. I don’t do it all the time, but I do it in the worst situations, generally where friends are involved and I’ve lost several very good friends because of it.

    @Roni: Thank you for opening up the can of Dental Hygiene Worms. This is something I’ve struggled with for years. I now have a toddler and I already see myself passing this bad habit on to her because when it gets to be bedtime we just don’t want one more thing we have to fight with her over. When I do think about brushing my own teeth at night, I’m usually already in bed and I say, “Ugh, I am NOT getting out of bed JUST to brush my teeth!” – as if this is some small thing. It’s basically the same attitude I have toward exercise and cooking home meals (“I am not cooking for me and a picky toddler JUST to have to clean everything up myself and have leftovers I’m not interested in.” etc). I thought that I was weird about the tooth brushing thing and that I was pretty alone. Your question has made me feel soooo much better!

    My unhealthy habits:
    *I would much rather sit than move.
    *I have way too much fear and self-consciousness. I refuse to try anything new (especially things that include an audience…even it it’s just 1 person) because I fear I won’t be good at it or that I’ll look like an idiot.
    *I am too critical of myself and others, expecting others to do things the same way I would (or better)

    Laura Jane

    January 20, 2011

    So, here’s mine:
    1. Flossing – I floss faithfully for about a week right after I go to the dentist (which is about every other year) and the week before, and that’s about it
    2. Not getting myself immediately to the gym after returning home from work. I feel like I’ve had a long day and I just need some time to relax. 9 times out of 10 if I sit down to “relax” I never go to work out.
    3. Snacking, Snacking, and snacking. All the time. Not just nighttime snacking, but all the time. Also, picking at food and thinking those calories don’t count. For instance, I’ll cut off a tiny piece from a pan of brownies to “even it out” and eat it while standing. Then just one more tiny piece, and another. And then another 10 minutes later. Before I know it, I’ve eaten the equivalent of four or five actual servings!

    Jodi

    January 20, 2011

    Thank you so much for this post. It’s so nice to know that I am not alone! My unhealthy habits are:

    Hardly ever flossing
    too much artificial sweetener (spenda in my coffee, crystal lite in my water, diet soda etc) – but I’m working on this one, and have cut back a lot this week.
    Stealing bites and tastes of EVERYTHING while I’m cooking dinner or making lunches.
    “Grazing” when I first get home from work before and during the making of dinner.
    Letting a few bites turn into a full-on binge because “oh well, I’ve ruined it now”.
    Beating myself up horrifically for said binge.
    Weighing myself too often (more than twice per day), and dwelling on the number rather than the behaviour.

    Tara

    January 20, 2011

    snacking on cookies and chips!! When I eat oreos. I eat 14 of them. gross I know. but that is my dinner, the only problem is 14 cookies is extremely unhealthy and 750 calories… NOT worth it.

    Melissa

    January 20, 2011

    I’m in agreement with Kim and Sandra. There are soooo many UNhealthy habits of mine, but most of them (including bad dental hygiene), I think stem from my awful SELF-TALK. The self-criticism, the feelings of despair and defeat, exaggerating the negative and forgetting the positive, and my #1 unhealthy self-talk: blaming other people (including my husband) and my circumstances for MY weight gain.

    Roni, thanks for doing what you do and being so transparent. Your blog is a refuge for me!

    Kristin

    January 20, 2011

    I am just so happy to see that other women “forget” to brush teeth and remove their make up at night!! It’s not just me!!

    I’m trying to change being negative about my body. In 2010, I lost 41 pounds on WW and made goal. I woke up on 2011 wanting to lose another ten, and I can’t seem to do it. And I beat myself up about it. EVERY.DAY. Horrible.

    Meredith

    January 20, 2011

    1. I have the awful habit of not brushing or flossing and washing my face at night too.
    2. sneaking bites of chocolate or candy.
    3. making up some excuse not to work out…even though I feel better.
    4. too much coffee.
    Thanks so much for the question. Makes me think and also makes me realize my bad habits need to be worked on.

    Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!)

    January 20, 2011

    1) Serious Splenda addiction.

    2) Laziness like you’ve never seen laziness before. I will actually ask my husband to bring me the clicker even if I’m inadvertently HOLDING said clicker.

    Jessica

    January 20, 2011

    1. Brushing my teeth a night
    2. Taking off my makeup
    3. Monthly Self Breast Exams (I dont think I have ever done one)
    4. Late night Snacking (The past 2 months I have been doing pretty good though. I think it is because I am too tired to make it to the kitchen after work!)

    Laure

    January 20, 2011

    1. Do not floss
    2. Do not wash my face at night
    3. Nibble during the afternoon…biggest cause of weight gain
    4. Do not drink enough water
    5. Don’t push my self hard enough during exercise

    Agnes

    January 20, 2011

    Excellent question! Mine are:
    – Eating after dinner. Even when I’m not hungry! It’s a bad habit and I’m trying so hard to break it!
    – Not getting enough physical activity! I feel so tired by the time I get home that all I want to do is sit on the couch. I’m not a morning person so it’s hard for me to motivate myself to get up early and do it.
    – 3pm snack attack at work.

    LG

    January 20, 2011

    1. Procrastinating calling my friends
    2. Not stretching after exercise.

    This post makes me feel very smug and proud about my dental hygene! (Nevermind that I have fillings in each molar anyway…) I’m more the type to take an extra 15 minutes to get to bed because I’m putting on lotions, creams and serums, brushing, flossing, washing and plucking. Yup, don’t take me camping!

    Deb - comfycozycrazy

    January 20, 2011

    Ooh, I love this!

    1. Not washing my face before bed.

    2. Used to be the flossing thing, but having like 8 fillings, one crown and a root canal in the past three months has changed my tune on that one. I floss every. single. night. And then I don’t wash my face

    3. Night time snacks. I’m better about this, but lately I’ve been saving points to have a hot chocolate at night. Which is fine, but it’s 4 points worth. I can’t do artificial so I make the real deal, and it can’t be good to have those four points of sugar every night.

    4. Goldfish crackers. Damn the goldfish crackers. I steal a few out of the box several times a day. Ugh.

    Alison

    January 20, 2011

    Drinking water
    Night time grazing
    Not going above my daily points, but I walk to make up for it. Otherwise I would go hungry.
    Getting the healthy oils and protein in.
    Before I would say exercise, but I am doing so much better, I use a video and walk every morning. I still struggle, forcing myself.
    Spend far too much time on this computer.

    RG

    January 20, 2011

    Yeah, what is UP with the nighttime snacking bug? I don’t know if it’s a perfect storm of issues – if I’m not eating enough during the day, need to go to bed, the caffeine (appetite suppressant) wears off, and in a perverse way it’s a reward for having eaten all the right things all day. That’s not really my thought process, but that’s what it looks like.

    Laura

    January 20, 2011

    1. I drink too much. I really do, and I love having a few drinks. Don’t know how I’m going to change that one very much, I just love the way it makes me feel relaxed and happy.

    2. Sometimes I don’t work out at all for over a week. I just haven’t developed the habit to the point that I do it without thinking.

    Ronnie, do you go to the dentist? I was the worst about brushing/flossing until I finally got dental insurance and started going twice a year. Now that I do, I always look forward to impressing them with my progress, and I pay attention to the “2-1-2… 1-2-2-… 2-3-2…” when they’re doing the periodontal check. When those numbers go down, I know I’ve done well. This should play into your goal-oriented nature. :)

    Laura

    January 20, 2011

    Crapola, I did it again. I’m crazy. I need to just stop addressing RONI directly in comments in the first place. Sorry.

    Cindy

    January 20, 2011

    1. Removing makeup before bedtime – too tired by the time I finally make it there.
    2. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour – I want to go to bed at 11, and then I check my email one last time and get SUCKED IN for another 2 hours
    3. Procrastinating important work projects until they become last minute (I own my own business and this has been a lifelong habit read: school, college, the office, now with my own biz) and the habit is only reinforced because I pull it off with excellent results EVERY time.
    4. Turning off my reasonable waking up time alarm clock and sleeping for two more hours

    Okay so I wrote this and I realize that if I just went to bed at 10:00 I could probably wash my face, clense and tone, get to sleep by 11, wake up at my normal alarm clock time and get work done instead of procrastinating…… ah HA!… Thanks Roni :)

    Sara

    January 20, 2011

    Not being active is my biggest downfall. I just need to get moving. But I am working on it – went to Zumba for the first time last night and survived! Lol! And procrastination in general. I always put stuff off until “tomorrow”. Ugh.

    Lisa

    January 20, 2011

    My unhealthiest habit has always been SUGAR. Sugar is my drug. I struggle so hard to cut it out of my diet and keep it out of my house. With recent holidays and a birthday I now have homemade fudge, ice cream and fancy chocolate bars in my house. I’ve been snacking and sneaking sugar treats all week. :(

    Shannon H.

    January 20, 2011

    I would echo so many others…but I didn’t see anybody write this one:

    Texting/E-mailing/GPSing while driving. Am I the only one? I know! It’s HORRIBLE!!! I’m working to put my whole bag in the backseat and out of reach. Not even at stoplights.

    Jessw

    January 20, 2011

    My worst habit is over thinking every situation and letting fear stop me from having adventures and improving myself. I also am a bad communicator and internalize. My poor boyfriend has a lot to contend with lol.

    I guess if we all are aware of our bad habits then we can work on changing them. Welldone to everyone for being so honest.

    Rob Dyess

    January 20, 2011

    O.K.- I feel like I should be making some sort of confession, but I have made it pretty clear on my blog that the real problem I have is Beer and Wings. (notice the capitalization– that is how important they are to me)

    However, in the spirit of confessions—– riding down the road and stopping (and hoovering) a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos. I have NEVER told anyone this before!!

    Thanks Roni!

    Meghan

    January 20, 2011

    I have a horrible habit of weighing myself and if it has even inched up just a little I use that as an excuse to eat whatever I want that day because all my hard work “clearly isn’t working” anyhow.

    Di

    January 20, 2011

    Mine is the same, brushing teeth before bed. I’ve been trying to do it after we take the dogs for their evening walk instead and that helps. Just too tired later and want to flop into bed!

    Flossing was one of mine too, until recently when I got a ‘water-pik’ which is flossing with water. Works GREAT and takes about a minute each morning.

    Melissa

    January 20, 2011

    I don’t stretch before or after I run. Ever. I’ve been running for 20 years and don’t do it since it feels like a waste of time even though I KNOW IT’S NOT.

    I used to not brush my teeth before bed because I was so tired but I am married to a tooth freak and if I don’t, he is squeeged out by me. Weird. So, I guess that’s good. I don’t wash my face, though. Rebel.

    I eat wayyyyy too much pizza. I mean, too often and too much.

    My husband says a bad habit I have to figuring out the worst that could possibly happen and then figuring out how I’d deal with it. I say it works for me to be able to relax once I know I have a plan and then I’m fine. He thinks I’m pessimistic by assuming the worst will always happen. Well, it works for me, anyway, but I see his point. The bad stuff we worry about doesn’t usually happen–it’s the stuff we don’t see coming.

    Ana Myre

    January 20, 2011

    sneaking food all the time!!!!

    One of my worst habits is procrastination.
    If I don’t exercise first thing in the morning I can’t motivate myself to do it later.

    I also eat when I’m not hungry

    Rollercoaster

    January 20, 2011

    So many good ones! I struggle with being active. I can be very sedentary, my job is at a computer and I spend a lot of time there so I have to FORCE myself to move. Being pregnant doesn’t help, all I want to do is sleep!

    For those of you that struggle with brushing and flossing, it will add years onto your life! You add 4 years to your life if you take care of your teeth, gum health is directly related to body health :)

    Cheers to all of us to make a baby step tomorrow…

    Kim

    January 20, 2011

    Posting again – simply because I have read and re-read all of these… and basically – aside from TEETH – we all really struggle with the same stuff, just different levels. I love the honesty and the shout outs here to everyone….

    Once when I told my husband of 22 years all the crap I say to myself – he said “You are beating up the person I love most in this world – STOP IT!” I never thought of it that way… When I treat myself like crap in my head…. it hurts the people I love – because they love me… Think about it… IF someone talked that way to your spouse/mate or children – you would want to beat the TAR out of them – yet we continue to do it to ourselves!

    Stop the madness!!! …….oh yea…and floss! (if you want to learn the easiest way to floss – buy FLOSSERS! They rock! :O)

    Cecilia

    January 21, 2011

    1. I am bad about not eating breakfast. I’ve never been one to eat as soon as getting up so I don’t but by the time I realize I’m hungry it’s already lunchtime.
    2. brushing my teeth in the morning I do it every night as well as water pick (floss with jet of water) but I don’t brush in the morning.
    3. and right now very bad at not exercising every day or so. It’s cold so once I get nice and warm I try to not move unless I need to.

    Sabrina

    January 21, 2011

    I have m and m’s in the house right now because we are trying to potty train our toddler. I have to remember that I’m all ready potty trained and I don’t need to eat the m&m after I go.

    Candice

    January 21, 2011

    One of my bad habits is when my husband is home I tend to eat a lot more. I really don’t know why but this past week I have been doing really good to sticking to one helping instead of three. Also sitting on the couch watching tv when should be up and moving, that is kinda hard because I do cross stitch a lot and it requires sitting. Also eating in the morning and lunch. I don’t feel hungry till bout 10 or so then I don’t eat lunch at a good time and it just throws everything off. And of course brushing teeth at night.

    Candice

    January 21, 2011

    Kim, my husband said the same thing…beating yourself up is a hard habit to break. I was told by a good friend of mine to keep a journal, and once a day try to find something positive about yourself. It could be anything from your makeup to eating in the morning.

    Rachel

    January 21, 2011

    Not sure who posted this now, but hot cocoa can be part of what you’ve done “good” for yourself. I love cocoa before bed, and I usually make sure I have enough calories left to enjoy either cocoa or air-popped popcorn as a treat. If you make it with skim milk, and add cocoa and Truvia, it’s quite healthy. Cocoa is a great source of fiber, so sometimes I double the serving (of cocoa powder)…and I really like the extra dark – very satisfying!

    Mary Nell

    January 21, 2011

    I’m right there with you guys with not flossing…wish I were better about that! Not drinking enough water (or milk–I need more calcium)…spending too much time with the husband on one computer and me on the other when we should be spending time enjoying each other at night :).

    Thanks for the reminder, Roni!

    Lynette S.

    January 22, 2011

    Unhealthy habits… not flossing, i’m with the rest of you! Also overeating when I’m ‘out’, to the point of feeling stuffed, not good. Too much computer time, too much TV… Ugh… I could probably go on and on.

    Julie

    January 24, 2011

    My unhealthy habit is that when I slip I just give up for the whole day and restart over and over cause I get depressed.

    Reggie

    January 25, 2011

    First of all, let me say how much I love all of you! hahaha… I thot I was the only one that had trouble brushing my teeth before bed! So my list… hmm…

    1. Need to have more time with God
    2. Less snacking on cookies
    3. Procrastinate less about exercising
    4. Being more neat… my wardrobe and jewellery drawer often looks like a tornado has been through it

    ^__^

    Leah Anderson

    January 25, 2011

    My #1 unhealthy habit is Im a worrier.
    #2 I get up in the middle of the night & snack on sweets (pnut butter/choco milk/cookies, ) – then I forget to add the WW points.
    #3 Im either 100% lazy or cramming too much into one day! –

    ragemichelle

    February 7, 2011

    I fail on the weekends. Too much booze. Too much cheating and ZERO exercise.

    I always recover by the middle of the week, but DAMN, I could be a my goal weight by now if I would just get my weekend habits under control.

    Sunshine Conkey

    February 8, 2011

    My biggest bad habit is my addiction to the internet. I spend most of my day online. I am sitting with my laptop more then I am at work & more then I sleep. My room looks like a hurricane came through it and I can go all day with just coffee & popcorn…just so I can be online.