It takes 6 weeks to break a habit.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Since hurting my back in late December which left me pretty much useless in the exercise department all through January as well, I've been finding it hard to get back into the super exercise regimen that I had adhered to which was instrumental in my weight loss.
Sure, I'm still power walking, but I'm not doing the aerobics and strength training every night like I used ot. It's sporatic. Well, along with that, I've been eating wrong. Not binging, but not careful enough for the last couple of pounds to go away. Eating unhealthy snacky things.
So, my Spark Goal Buddy and I were looking forward to Lent so we could give up overeating the wrong things. I know that it takes 6 weeks to break a habit, so with Lent being 40 days, what better way to do this. If Jesus could go to the cross for me, then I can give him my respect and honor by giving up the stupid things that are holding me back. I decided to give up cookies, candy and low fat and fat free ice cream. I don't eat regular ice cream anyhow because I'm afraid of the cholesterol and fat, so I gave up the ice cream that I DO eat.
Funny thing was, I hadn't realized just how often I was snacking on cookies and candy until I had to stop. The other day I took a cookie from a tray at work and took a bite on my way back to my desk and realized what I'd done. I wasn't about to spit it out in my hand, but I did stop chewing it until I reached my desk and could spit it into a napkin. I passed someone in the hall who tried to start a conversation and I mumbled back and kept going. LOL!! I was afraid the cookie would fall out of my mouth!!! Then, of course, I called her and told her why.
The following day, one of my friends at work gave me a Weight Watchers peppermint patty candy which I LOVE. I took a bite and remembered it was candy and spit it out and she was so mad that I wasted a piece of our favorite candy. So I bought her a bag of them to make up for it!!
But what it comes down to is this...in the beginning of Lent, it was an unconscious mistake that I was eating these goodies and I had to make a conscious effort to stop. It's only been 2 weeks and already I am no longer reaching for these foods. I still want one once in a while, but I'm not craving them any longer. My hope is that by Easter, I'll have them off of my list of things to want to eat.
Two years ago I became out of balance with M&Ms. I was eating 2 packs in one day everyday (not the HUGE bags, but the size you get in a vending machine). I gave them up for Lent, but I bought a bag to open at 12:01 a.m. on Easter Sunday. What a clown, I swear. Well, Easter came and I was up at 12:01 hiding Easter eggs all over the house and I opened that bag of M&M's and you know what? I popped one in my mouth and I couldn't imagine what in the world made that candy get such a hold on me. I had 4 of them and put the rest inside the eggs I was planting all over the house for my son. They no longer owned me. I don't buy them anymore and haven't done so for 2 years.
So here's to breaking habits. All it takes is a commitment and 6 weeks. And remember, it's not as painful or as long as it sounds. Once you get through the first week, it gets easier and easier and in 6 weeks you'll wonder what all the fuss was about in the first place.
One more thing, while you are spending 6 weeks breaking a bad habit, you'll be spending 6 weeks forming a good one!
Happy Easter everyone!!!