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90 Day to Build a New Habit

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

According to research it takes 90 days to build a new habit.

I am looking to build new habits. For life. No excuses.

- Exercise five days a week
- Feed my body well with a diet of fruit, vegetables, and lean meats
- Feed my soul by praying and reading God's word each morning and evening.
- Increase my finances by budgeting wisely
- Take time for family with a happy heart
- Start a cleaning regime


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SHANSHE 11/7/2013 8:56AM

    I've been struggling with my habits lately, since starting this new job/position. I am just sooo tired and exhausted! :)

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MOBYCARP 10/30/2013 7:04PM

    That's an awful lot to be working on all at once. You might want to look at which pieces are most important to you, and focus on them first.

Along about 2008, several changes in my circumstances convinced me I needed to make a personal budget for the first time in my life. I got it done. I learned to budget, and to control my expenditures by the budget. I exceeded my modest goal of avoiding dis-saving, and managed to put a small amount into savings in spite of massively increased non-discretionary expenses starting in January 2008.

I also went from just under 200 lbs. in January 2008 to my all-time peak weight of 221 lbs. on December 28, 2008. While I was paying attention to making budgeting a habit, exercise and mindful eating went missing.

But, budgeting became a habit. I took some of the weight off in 2009, and more or less held my own in 2010. In 2011 I was pushed into SparkPeople and lost 30 lbs in the last half of the year. Meanwhile, the budget was under control without demanding a lot of attention, because by this time is was a routine and a habit.

I don't think I could have learned to eat well at the same time I was learning to budget. Each learning experience required too much of my attention to allow the other to happen at the same time. If I had tried, I would likely have failed at both budgeting and healthy eating.

. . . but you do remind me, now that eating well and controlling weight are routine, that I probably should start an initiative of consistent prayer. I haven't done well with that lately. Maybe after that becomes a habit I'll be ready to tackle a cleaning regime.

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