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Creatures of Habit

Saturday, March 09, 2013

We ARE creatures of habit!

I have quilts on the back of my sofa and love seat for my sweet little dog to curl up on. They save him from slipping down between the sofa back and the cushion. He knows that it is his norm.

This morning, as I sat down to Spark, I realized my slippers are in the bedroom and my feet are cold. I reached and got the quilt nearest me. He was curled up on the next cushion. No problem. Except he decided to move closer to me. OH THE LOOK! He stood looking at me as if to say, "Something is WRONG! My quilt is missing! Put it back! I cannot curl up there because my quilt is missing!"

I took the quilt off my cold feet, put it back, and the little guy is curled up tight as a bun.

But, aren't we the same way? Don't we stand looking when we want it THIS way? Aren't we willing to forego a scale victory to have the food that has so easily comforted us in the past? Don't we get in the habit of "needing" that sweet treat or that salty yummy to meet the emotional needs in our stressful lives?

It's time to adopt new habits. YES it's hard! Just as hard as it was for my little guy to curl up on a spot without his usual quilt. He could have done it, but it wasn't his habit. Today, let's think of the old habits we want to change and ponder new ways to fill our needs. What could replace the old habits? Let's make a list ...
emoticon a cup of tea
emoticon a glass of water ... lime or lemon added is nice
emoticon time with a friend ... online or in person
emoticon exercise
emoticon take the dog for a walk ... borrow the neighbor's dog if you need to
emoticon dance
emoticon garden
emoticon mow the yard
emoticon or shovel the snow depending on where you live!
emoticon read a book

Make a list of your own or print this one out, post it on your fridge and select one of these activities instead of habitually getting a snack when the urge hits. It's time to change some of those old habits! YOU are soooooo worth the effort!!

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