I read yesterday that you can change any habit in your life if you live the habit that you want to achieve for 30 days straight. The advice is to best to tackle one thing at a time so that it has all your focus. I thought of so many things that I want to improve and just to be fair to myself I did reflect on and celebrate the new habits that I have formed over this past year of Sparkpeople:
1. I have developed the habit of 15 minutes of daily prayer/reflection (I use a chime interval app called Insight Timer),
2.15 minutes of Bible reading (I use an app called You version Bible that you can set up plans),
3. During my reading, I enjoy a hot cup of lemon water first, then coffee afterward.
4. at least 10 minutes of fitness daily (my go-to is Coach Nicole DVD, Fit, Firm, and Fired Up plus a hike 4-5 days/week)
5. Have found my favorite breakfast, plain yogurt, fruit, nuts, Fiber One cereal
6. Hydrate more by using Crystal Light Pink Lemonade in my water bottle.
7. Daily supplements of fiber, multi-vitamins, and here in the Pac Northwest, we take Vitamin D in the winter.
I am happy with these positive changes and the beauty of forming a habit is that it comes to mind naturally and you do them with no effort. For example I can't eat breakfast unless I've done at least my 10 minute toning. I do allow 1 day off a week of exercise if I feel I need a break.
Imagine my happiness last week when my doctor took me off my Boniva for oesteoporosis after showing a bone scan improvement. She advised me to do weight-bearing exercise, take Vitamin D and calcium-rich foods to which I replied I'm already doing that. I was tempted to add more ice cream for calcium
lol, but I'll add a small glass of milk instead and a Viactiv chew. I figure I'm getting calcium already with the yogurt and leafy greens.
Soooo, on to my new 30 day streak. Smaller portions!
I don't track my food. Yes, I know. But I don't. I hate it. Also I don't restrict types of foods except for sugary sweets - I'm already on a streak for that. I don't consider myself on a diet, I consider myself on a lifetime journey. I'm trying to maintain a way to live my life and be healthy and happy.
"I have these boundaries in place not for restriction but to define the parameters of my freedom" from the book Made To Crave
I have a container that holds 10 oz. Whatever fits in that container will be the portion for my meal. After 30 days, I will know that amount without measuring and my stomach will become accustomed to smaller amount.
I have an app called Daisypath. It's a ticker that you can create for a countdown of days to an event. Mine says "Smaller Portions, creating a new habit Day 1' and it will change up every day until June 7 when I will have achieved my goal.