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What you think is Natural is probably a Habit & habits can change!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I read a blog today: BLUE42DOWN, wrote about avoiding the absolutes in our thinking like: "ALWAYS" and "NEVER" to assist in gaining control over binge eating.
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This blog made me realise that I do tend to use these unhelpful ways of thinking sometimes as it applies to my health and fitness.

Such as: "I never get out of bed on Sunday before 10 am" Or "I never eat just one chocolate" or "I always quit the gym when I get busy with work" or "I always drink alcohol at exhibition openings"!
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Then I remembered that I quit smoking like this:
Every time I encountered any situation where I habitually thought "I can never get through this without a cigarette", or "I always smoke when..." I challenged myself to wait and breath and observe myself.
The craving passed and I got to show myself that never and always are pretty much abstract concepts when applied to our human brains. emoticon
I just remembered this quote:
"Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature."
Blaise Pascal
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I am also aware that I could also choose to smoke again anytime, so I can't think to myself: "I never smoke". I must be a little proactive with my healthy habits.
It is the same with running, it is too easy to slip down that slippery slope to sloth and so I regularly schedule a run, and it strengthens the habit of fitness and choosing healthful action in response to stress. emoticon

Yes, you do have the power to change any habit or way of being.
Be gentle on yourself today and keep on Sparking to your goals!
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SEPPIESUSAN 2/28/2012 9:05PM

    Great concept! My weak point is, "I always continue to stay off track once I've had a slip-up." Well, why not change that habit so that when I get off track I get right back on!

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OOLALA53 2/28/2012 7:41PM

    I never thought I could go weekdays without sweets. I remember when I tried to limit myself to 500 calories a day of chocolate and didn't do it. Now, I rarely have a sweet on weekdays. I also quit eating anything after dinner. I've been 85-90% compliant for over two years. I wouldn't say needing to eat is just a habit, but I know overeating is. I'm still tweaking the edges, but life is so much better.

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