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Goals for habit formation

Friday, May 04, 2012

Here is my plan for strength training. Very important at my age, not just for weight control. My mom got to the point where she could not even hold a tea pot.

Okay, so I am doing the Coach Nicole exercise band routine. I wash my hair every morning, and while waiting for it to dry, I do the routine. By pairing it with a habit I already have, it has been one of my more successful attempts. I fail when I have a huge amount of things to do, and do them instead of the exercise. Really a stupid attitude, I mean what is 20 minutes? Do I really have to feel so pressured?

Here is what I noticed about starting a new routine. At first, I only did 1/4 of her routine, then the next day 1/2, the next 3/4, and finally the whole thing. I found some of the exercises really irritated me, I did not like them, so I just did half. But by doing them every single day, even if I only did half, I established the habit of doing them (while my hair dried)

Here is what else I noticed: at first I did them poorly, and did not even realize it. Then as I repeated her every day, I would hear her saying new things, even though it is the same tape, but I had not heard them the day before. I found I would add things like sitting properly and breathing properly, so it is always new.

My plan is this: once it gets really simple and fast, and I know everything she is going to say, then I will move on to a new tape. The exercise bands are rather amazing because you can create more work just by changing where you step on the band. Unlike free weights. I really like these better than weights. Highly recommend them.

  
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FUTUREHOPE49 5/6/2012 11:04AM

    Sounds like a very good idea to me! Well done!
I will try that! I have not used my bands much lately and it will make a change from free weights. Coach Nicole is great! Like your Mother, I have problems with my hands. Even though I do a lot of gardening, my hands are weak. I have a peripheral neuropathy! I use a stress ball every day and squeeze that, it helps a bit. I have no problem with free weights and exercise bands, its the little finger muscles and hand muscles that are the problem!
emoticonYou will soon get strong arm muscles! emoticon

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JACK714 5/5/2012 7:54AM

    Sounds like you are getting into the groove. You plan is good, if you are consistent.

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SKIRNIR 5/4/2012 9:09PM

    Looks like you really are back in the tracking food and exercise habit. :)

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TWNOMWE 5/4/2012 8:00PM

    emoticon
we need to build strong muscles. The resistance band is great.
Great job
Hugs
Molly

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Habits

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The book I mentioned yesterday talks about "keystone habits". Habits that if you change them, other changes occur. It makes sense. I have not finished the book, and I need to re-read parts of it. I really want to set up a plan for myself. That is the hard part.

Right now, I am just happy to have gotten back to my blog habit, my tracking habit.

  
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FUTUREHOPE49 5/6/2012 10:55AM

    I am trying hard to get into good habits of exercising early morning again. Its been lapsing as I have been so busy! I have been doing it for the last week and I am really feeling better! Good habits are hard to come by! But emoticon
Ellen

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JACK714 5/6/2012 6:22AM

    I've learned that food and fitness habits are easily broken. They require constant care and work.

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ANNIE1114 5/3/2012 2:29PM

  That is very true. Establishing a good habit can lead to the motivation to make other good things a habit. I have done this in my own life.

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VINGRAM 5/3/2012 11:37AM

    I need to ditch some habits I've picked up these
Past several months! emoticon

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JEANNE229 5/3/2012 11:34AM

    They (who is they?) say that if you follow any routine and repeat it 10 times, it then becomes a habit. Great for the good habits anyway.

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SUNRISE14 5/3/2012 10:57AM

    Your book sounds interesting ! I have got in the habit of exercising by doing the 100 day challenge on day 50 something and havent missed a day ! emoticon

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DOTTY7267 5/3/2012 10:18AM

    Acknowledging that a plan is needed is the first step. Since you have that, I believe you will be successful in making it happen. Keep focus and you will do just fine.
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Power of Habit

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Found this book: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Not only is it fascinating, but the principles in it apply to all of us wanting to change our eating habits. It is not a diet book. Anyone else found it?

  
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ARLENE_MOVES 5/2/2012 8:29PM

    Will look for it. I must say, I sure need some encouragement in that area. thanks

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NELLJONES 5/2/2012 2:08PM

    I've put it on my list. Thanks!

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SUNRISE14 5/2/2012 12:28PM

    sounds interesting ! emoticon

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JEANNE229 5/2/2012 12:02PM

    Sounds like one to seek out.

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iPad and spark

Sunday, April 29, 2012

On vacation and still journalling foods. iPad app is easy, but going to the website like this is really slow on the iPad. The typing is laborious. An iPad cannot replace a computer, but it sure is great for lots of things.

  


Reading and Eating

Saturday, April 28, 2012

I simply cannot eat without reading, if I am alone. It is impossible for me. Yet, then, am I really tasting the food and knowing what I am eating. Something to think about.

  
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TWNOMWE 4/29/2012 8:47AM

    I do the same I read while I eat all the time. I use reading to slow me down.

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SKIRNIR 4/28/2012 9:47AM

    When I am alone, I read spark while I eat breakfast or meals. I do find a still taste my food. Now there are a few foods that my son has recently termed it a yum stupor where you take a bite and just have to close your eyes and savor it. Love when that happens. :)

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REDSHOES2011 4/28/2012 9:33AM

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