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Habits blog 2 - Sunday

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Reading other members' blogs on this topic has been really useful as they have brought to mind some ideas for refurbishing my own habits.
One blogger wrote about her existing good habits, which made me examine my own. As she pointed out, you really have to think about them, because as all good habits should, they have become second nature and are done without consious effort. My main habit in this area is my food shopping. We have a huge new supermarket nearby which is where I go. But I realise that I haven't set foot in some of the aisles and departments. I have been no-where near the meat, soft drinks, alcohol, confectionary, ice-cream and biscuit sections. I now beat a familiar path through the fruit and vegetables where the trolley acquires most of its weight, veer right to get soy milk and nuts and seeds , pass several aisles to reach frozen fruits and vegetables, gathering up toilet rolls, pet food etc, on the way, and make straight for the check-out.
My other main healthy, unthought about habit is getting incidental exercise. This is particularly useful if we have visitors or something unexpected prevents the daily walk. I hang the washing on the clothesline at the end of the garden rather than in the drier, I do calf raises in front of the microwave, I tandem walk down the hallway, I deliberately avoid carrying everything at once when unloading the car so that I have to make several trips between garage and house. I take stairs in buildings rather than lifts and walk short distances in preference to driving the car. While my husband is not allowed to drive I've become the main driver and have noticed how this has affected my daily kilometers for the worse! We hope he will be given permission to drive this coming Friday. emoticon

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  • v KAYELENE
    emoticon blog, I also miss several aisles at the supermarket now. Its amazing when you add it up just how many minutes of different exercises we do in a day without thinking about them.
    1213 days ago
  • v SABLENESS
    Great blog! I was challenged by someone who wrote awhile ago about one minute fitness. The trick is remembering to do it and to ask yourself what can I do right now? The minutes add up.
    1213 days ago
  • v NEVERORNOW
    I love how you work more exercise into your day. All of that adds up and makes such a difference - thanks for reminding us of that!
    1213 days ago
  • v HAKAPES
    So practical!
    I realized I do shopping in a similar way you do - veggies-fruis-dairy-meet and that's it, no touring in soft drinks and such. :-)
    1213 days ago
  • v BOPPY_
    Great ideas Popsy ( emoticon ):

    * "ideas for refurbishing my own habits"

    * "because as all good habits should, they have become second
    nature and are done without conscious effort"

    * "I now beat a familiar path through the fruit and vegetables
    where the trolley acquires most of its weight, veer right to get
    soy milk and nuts and seeds, pass several aisles to reach frozen
    fruits and vegetables"

    * "incidental exercise"

    * "I hang the washing on the clothesline at the end of the garden
    rather than in the drier"

    * "I do calf raises in front of the microwave"

    * "I deliberately avoid carrying
    everything at once when unloading the car so that I have to make
    several trips between garage and house."

    * "I take stairs in
    buildings rather than lifts and walk short distances in
    preference to driving the car."

    * "I tandem walk down the hallway"

    “tandem walk” – I have no clue what that means. Help!?

    Thanks, ( emoticon )

    Lee

    1213 days ago
  • v TERESA159
    So funny that driving more means walking less, duh! Good for you for doing what you can whenever you can. Those little things add up!
    My healthiest new habit is not drinking. Not sure if that counts cuz it's NOT doing something, but hey, it's hard, so I'm counting it.

    Go Casual Travelers! emoticon
    1213 days ago
  • v GRNDMOM43
    emoticon emoticon You are making emoticon choices!
    1213 days ago
  • v 40PUDDLEJUMPER
    great blog - its funny how somethings can become second nature!
    1213 days ago
  • v KITTY_M
    I really like your idea of focusing on new healthy habits that you've developed. When I think of where I am and where I was I tend to only think of it in terms of weight or fitness. I've been adding more movement into my day and drinking mostly just water and tea (unsweetened).
    1213 days ago
  • v GEMLADYONE
    Once again, you have put it in the black! Many of those habits were ones I thought of when struggling to come up with a new one to work on...I haven't been in an elevator but a few times in months, never park close in at the office or at stores anymore...walk to the market if I only need a few items, etc. Isn't it wonderful how we don't even think about them?

    Now on to the ones that are not so automatic...or that we assume are ok, but may not be.....
    1213 days ago
  • v MLH148
    Another great job putting down something that now seems obvious. When I was thinking about my habits blogs, I realized that I feel so off if I don't drink my water-- It's unconscious now.
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    1214 days ago
  • v WENDYJM4
    I also do the perimeter of the food shops, very rarely do I venture down any of the aisles.
    I enjoyed reading this Penny
    1214 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    Isn't it amazing how all those things become second nature?

    You are doing great!
    1214 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon Penny

    I am so used to my healthy habits now that they are second nature. One thing I love doing is sparking while on my Swiss ball and moving so I work my core! It's paid dividends in my posture!

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    1214 days ago
  • v BEAUTY_WITHIN
    I never notice the habits anymore till I realize, hey, I don't do XYZ anymore! What a change! :) Like when I either split dinner with hubby when eating out, or take half home. Before I would wolf the whole thing. I also am more willing to let the food sit if I didn't like it - I'll either take it home for someone who WILL like it, or I'll let it get tossed.
    1214 days ago
  • v ARTJAC
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    1214 days ago
  • v LIBBYL1
    well done! - unfortunately I still carefully select a lindt dark chocolate bar for the week at the supermarket and a bottle of white wine. But I do do an hour of yoga at least twice a week now and can just touch my head on my knees in a forward bend which is easier because my tummy no longer gets in the way.. And being forced to contemplate the rolls in a shoulder stand is the best motivation ever to eat healthily!
    1214 days ago
  • v MICKEYH
    Wow!! I am so encourage by you how to go thru grocery shop. emoticon For sharing !!
    For my existing healthy habit right now is that I am drinking my veggie, fruits smoothie every morning for my veggies and fruits intake. It is easy for me to drink then eat them. I also eating lots of salads too. (*^^*)
    1214 days ago
  • v SUSIEPH1
    Well done Penny .
    Good habits to last for the rest of your life ..
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    hugs Susie xxx emoticon
    1214 days ago
  • v BETHICANFLY
    I love this!! Thanks for reminding me to take stock in my good habits. They do add up!!

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    1214 days ago
  • v CAROLJ35
    GREAT BLOG!!! This does make one stop and think of all the good habits we have developed.
    I let my produce drawers run low this past week and when the produce man came to our resort I bought $30.00 worth of produce and I will buy celery, more bananas and romaine when I get to town.
    Thanks for reminding us of our good habits!

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    1214 days ago
  • v LJR4HEALTH
    emoticon Penny
    1214 days ago
  • v LYNMEINDERS
    Awesome blog my friend....somehting to totally think about...we focus on the bad not the good....
    CHANGES!!!!!
    1214 days ago
  • v CERIUSLY
    This is great Popsy! I hope by the end of this challenge I can report that my new healthy habit is drinking water! Thanks for sharing!
    1214 days ago
  • v PEEKINGOUT
    I've never thought about my good habits that I now do unconsciously.
    Thank you for writing this blog and bringing awareness to how much we have already changed.
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    1214 days ago
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