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Bad Habits Die Hard.

Monday, March 18, 2013

It's so nice to be back! I know it hasn't been incredibly long since my last blog, but it feels like it to me! I haven't even logged in for a few days and I feel so behind already.

Well...I received a classical guitar as a present last week and I am in love. Started lessons and I can barely put it down! It's so beautiful and I'm SO excited to learn everything I can. I love music and instruments in general, but there's something about beautiful finger picking on a classical guitar that makes me want to cry. Now I can cry every day! Haha.

But...I know the honeymoon phase emoticon can't last forever, so I'm trying to balance things out again and get back into my weightloss groove...it's so hard! I've always been the type of person to take on a lot of hobbies or jobs and never really stick to it before something else catches my eye. I was voted "Best all Around" as a senior in high school emoticon because I wanted to be good at everything and I didn't really know what I loved. I get it from my mom, that's for sure! I've never felt secure in one thing or another...never really known how to create good or healthy habits.

I guess that is why I'm here! I really need to know how to make sure I don't get off track again...I need to know how to create good habits.


What has helped you to keep on track? Time management? An accountability buddy? I'd love to hear about your approach(es)!

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MELOFALLTRADES 3/19/2013 5:10PM

    Thank you everyone for the suggestions!

So this is what I will try and focus on:

1) Reminding myself that this is a lifestyle change--something I NEED to do for myself for the rest of my life. I need to be consistent and make good health a habit until it doesn't seem like a chore.

2) I need to plan. That way I don't make too many mistakes! Plan food and plan fitness!


Don--I also like the rich tones of nylon strings as opposed to steel strings. It's just so much warmer. I like a lot of different music, but I love pretty hymns, old songs and slow popular songs that artists can cover on c. guitar. Oh, also styles like Eva Cassidy and Dakota Blonde...Allison Kraus...oh I could probably go on and on. Anything is beautiful! I love bluegrass too--you should see this woman using her classical guitar to create a bluegrass band, it's AMAZING! Here's the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNj
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DDOORN 3/19/2013 3:41PM

    Oooh! I just LOVE my classical guitar! I've played many, but have always preferred the mellow tone of nylon strings to steel. Of course I am a huge fan of Brasilian bossa nova music which is almost ALWAYS played on classical, nylon-stringed guitars.

Tough to find time to play when I'm not working or Sparking...but I do find it sometimes and am never sorry...!

Habit begets habit...the more consistent I become the more consistent I continue to be. I find I have to be very wary of "stopping", as getting started again takes SO much effort!

Don

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MICAROO 3/19/2013 5:15AM

    My way of keeping on track is planning. A LOT of planning. I plan all my meals and snacks in advance. I cook once a week and put up my meals for the entire week, and wash all my fruits and veggies for snacks and salads. I schedule times for my workouts. Sometimes the weather interferes with my walk, but it doesn't derail my entire workout plan, since I plan for multiple times per day just in case something interrupts me. If I'm going out to dinner, I plan what I'm going to eat in advance. I track all my food and calories every day. That's the one sure thing that works for me.

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SPECIFICITY 3/18/2013 3:54PM

    That's a tough question. A buddy helps but I think ultimately it comes down to you making it a priority for you. Having it just click for you. I wish I had a better answer than that. Good luck!

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