A great deal of being successful in life is being good at pattern recognition. The last few weeks I have been working a fair share of 10-12 hour days. This has not been the easiest but it has had a positive side in bringing some things to the surface I never quite noticed before. One of the most striking revelations is how little willpower I seem to have after a super long day. Even when it’s my husband’s turn to cook, and I know there is a hot meal waiting for me at home, I immediately crave sugary, high carb food upon starting my commute. It’s almost like I can’t quite focus until I get some kind of sugar in my system. I am in a knowledge-based industry, and the brain out of all of the organs consumes the most glucose, but it still seems extreme. I find this pretty distressing as I am a high functioning person throughout the day and then all of a sudden when it is time to go home, all I can think about is getting Taco Bell. I identified a pattern, and because I want to change that pattern, I need to come up with an alternative that doesn’t involve Doritos Locos Tacos. What comes to mind is to acknowledge that I am craving some sugar immediately after an extremely long day of work, and to indulge that somewhat but not to the degree that I currently have. I think having some trail mix in the car (the kind with the chocolate in it) will be a healthier way to satisfy my sugar urges while I am driving home granted that I eat a reasonable amount of it. This whole observation in a way seems rather silly, but even just two days a week of indulging in a rather unhealthy habit, over time can become an actual problem. Is there something small that you are willing to change to live a better, healthier life tomorrow?