"Itís never easy to change old habits or start new routines. Studies show that it takes anywhere from 21 to 40 days to really turn a new behavior into a persistent habit. And during that time, youíre going to have to work at it pretty diligentlyóeven when you donít feel like it."
This is a quote from an article that I read the other day.
I had heard that it takes 21 to 40 days to build a new habit. I know that it is true! I have been here on Spark People 119 days!
When I first started, I had been eating very little (and what I did eat was not good for me) and not moving at all! I had a lot of trouble eating enough calories, and I couldn't exercise for more that a few minutes without feeling sick and dizzy!
But now, When I decide what I am going to eat for the day, my meals are exactly what I need nutritionally for the day. I don't have to plan each bite like I did at first. I just seem to know what to eat! When I track the food, it is almost always just right!
My exercise has gone from short, 5 to 10 minute workouts each day, to 45 to 75 minutes twice a day! My workouts are not strenuous, I do a stationary bike at a leisurely pace, but I am MOVING! Before SP, I was in bed most of the day! Now I get up and move around a lot more! (Some of that is because I am drinking so much water, I have to run to the bathroom every 1/2 hour!!!)
Before SP, I was drinking a half gallon or more of iced tea each day. My 1/2 gallon of tea had 1 cup of sugar in it! I didn't drink plain water at all! Now, I drink between 64 and 96 oz of water every day! I rarely drink anything else! (sometimes, diet soda, iced tea with sweetener,or no calorie additives for water) White sugar has not touched my lips for 119 days except for a piece of lemon creme cake on my birthday!(Eveything in moderation!)
There are still days when I don't want to eat, drink water or exercise, but I still do it! I joined a challenge on one of my teams, and I feel motivated to get my daily points even when I don't want to! I want to get my points for the team! (Go Team Ranger!!!)
I spend most of my day with the computer on SP! I am always reading articles and blogs, and it is a source of constant motivation! I am so glad to have all my Spark Friends and this wonderful site! It is what makes me sure that I will reach my goals and have a healthy life! Thanks to each and every one of you! We can do this together!