I put 30 of the tiny Post-It Flags on the wall by my front door to remind me to exercise. Every time I do, I take one down. Hopefully after 30-days a new, good habit will be in place. I have also put them on my monitor at work to get out and walk on my lunch break.
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Use the portable post-it flags to write down your different dinner entrées. Use different colors for each category (beef meals get a red flag, chicken yellow). You can plan your menus for the week by sticking the flag on the calendar day you plan to have the meal. If you need to switch just move it.
This works on a kitchen wall calendar or your personal calendar. It allows you to plan for eating out or "planned overs" for the week. If you generate enough menus for 2-3 weeks you'll keep the "what's for dinner?" complaints at bay. It also allows flexibility for the crazy last minute family stuff.
I read somewhere once that it takes 30 days to make a habit but only one day to break it. (EX: if you exercise everyday for 30 days, it becomes a habit, but it only takes 1 day to say "not today" to break your streak, causeing you to have to start the 30 days all over. Same goes with eating habits, if you are eating healthy, it only takes one day to throw you off and put you back into bad habits.) Stay focused and things will come easier.
When I decided to start using SP my main focus was to get moving again. My goal is to walk 30 minutes a day ( which I use to do once upon a time). I approached it like training a new puppy. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Do it over and over again and eventually you have a new learned habit. The REWARD is not a puppy treat but a new, healthy lifelong habit.
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