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My health must become a habit

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Just like other daily rituals, like showering, brushing teeth. My health must become a daily habit.
I have given desserts and chocolate up for Lent. It is bothering me on some days, and other days it is ok. I know I can (cheat on Sundays). So I am really eatting much better on the rest of the days. Why can I not mentally do this the rest of the year also! We will see!
I so far am doing great with exercising, ok just the past few weeks! Again, can I not continue to do it daily as a HABIT, and not something that I sometimes dread doing!
I don't resist showering, brushing teeth, but why do other things seem dreadful! OK, maybe because I have not just done them as a daily ritual! I am working on it!
I must continue drinking 8-10 glasses of water-sometimes hard to do!
I must continue walking, and exercising daily-sometimes hard to do!
I must make all of this a daily HABIT! Maybe in time it will be easy and just expected!

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TATTER3 3/3/2013 7:25AM


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KNITTYKITTY01 3/2/2013 10:35PM

    They say it just takes doing something consistently for 30 days to make it a habit. You can do it!

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SHEENADEE 3/2/2013 7:41PM

    Working on these healthy habits for Lent is a great way to start them as healthy habits for life. You can do it!!!

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BARB4HEALTH 3/2/2013 7:12PM

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REBECCATKD 3/2/2013 3:09PM

    Water and daily exercise -- you CAN do it! I think you're absolutely right. Once you start doing it all the time, it really does become a habit. A great Spark Friend of mine likes to say, "I never regret working out, but I always regret NOT working out."

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RUTHXG 3/2/2013 2:18PM

    Good for you for giving up sweets! I have done that before during Lent, & it was a powerful practice.

I agree with 4LC that the individual habits you list may be best focused on one at a time. And maybe you could find a way to keep in mind the underlying reasons you want to be healthy--feeling good, looking good, being physically capable, living longer. Sometimes people make inspiration collages to keep these things in mind, or post notes in key places.

One thing that helped me establish a regular exercise routine years ago was to notice that I was feeling happier, less depressed, on the days that I did my fast walking--& sometimes had little episodes of feeling like crying on the days I missed it! That endorphin effect has evened out in the years since--I sometimes wish it would come back. emoticon

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PMFISH 3/2/2013 2:16PM

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4LEEFCLOVER 3/2/2013 1:21PM

    That sounds like a lot to tackle all at once! Maybe you could focus on one of those things for a week or month, and gradually add on the others, once each is routine for you. And give yourself extra points for the days you do more than the one that is the current focus.

I'm working on all of these too, along with taking my supplements daily, getting enough sleep, logging my food, portion control, daily exercise of ten minutes or more. I try to focus on the benefits vs the down side of not doing them for motivation.

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