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Friday, May 30, 2014

"....automatic responses no longer fit who we desire to be. That means we have to try new, less-practiced behaviors,...."
Developing new habits takes time, focus and fortitude. It can be done, it just takes practice. Over time there will be a new automatic response.
Remembering to just hang in there, and keep practicing. Sometimes we need to make adjustments.
I have always been a fan of pretzels. (there is even a picture of me at age 4 with a Mister Salty Pretzel box.) A while back I made a commitment to stay out of the snack food aisle. It was challenging as the siren's song was working it's magic. But I persevere and now a walk down that aisle is just like any aisle. Occasionally a snack will trigger the song, my eyes get wide with longing, but I walk past and the song immediately fades.
I still have habits/automatic responses that need to be replaced. But being honest with myself that some of those habits offering momentary comfort are actually hurting me.
Yes it may be a struggle at times, but changing my behavior is well worth the effort.
So far:
I don't smoke any more.
I have found exercise that I like.
I eat more veggies.
I am nicer to myself, because I am so worth it.

I have many more changes to make and there have been challenges, but day by day step by step, my goal of a healthy lifestyle is becoming more of an automatic response.
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WIFE49 5/30/2014 4:01PM

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 5/30/2014 11:07AM

    Thanks Nancy I needed this one today. I am working to better embrace my new habits. Leaving the old ones behind by making them harder to do.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/30/2014 10:41AM

    You have done an awesome job on getting those POSITIVES in your life. I don't know when that snack aisle quits with the siren song, but **SIGH** it still does it to me after 4 yrs. BUT I do as you said . . . avoid it! Won't go down that aisle.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/30/2014 9:18AM

    I especially love soft pretzels. (smiling) Good for you for the changes you've made.

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GEORGE815 5/30/2014 8:40AM

    Keep up the good changes!

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HMBROWN1 5/30/2014 8:39AM

    great attitude!

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AJB121299 5/30/2014 8:38AM

    nice

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