Old habits and new habits...

Monday, March 05, 2012

When I get on a roll, I do so good and am so focused. I notice it is so much easier to avoid those old habits when I am doing so good and how quickly I slip back into the old habits.

Old habit: knowing I have $2 in cash in my wallet and look around for an opportunity to spend it on junk food. I would also do this with my time. For example, if I had 5 minutes before I had to pick up the kids from practice and I had even $1 in cash, I would stop by the dollar store and get the cheapest, most satisfying junk food I could. Most of the time my food of choice is the mini candy bars --the 8 in a pack for $1.00. I am still not over this mentality since I just did it today, but I have done this way less over the last two months than ever. I do not carry cash just for this reason. I won't do it on my debit card because my sister and I account for our spending with each other and I would have to count it as frivolous spending. LOL.

New habit: Discussing healthy food items with my children. I have also been scared to discuss nutition and fitness with others, even my kids, because I obviously have a weight problem. Now, we have decided to try new foods. Hummus, edamame, brussel sprouts, eggplant, apricots, and the list has just started! This is exciting to me!!

Old habit: scheduling day trips and fun outings coming up, but careful to consider walking, heat, seat sizes, large crowd or social situations that may be uncomfortable.

New habit: searching for fun things to do with the kids, but including things like hiking, 5k and 1k for the kids, knowing I will fit in most seats once I get down about 10 more pounds, and knowing that by August I will be at a good ways into my journey and better than where I am today! :)

Old habit: dreading physical activity, not ever considering walking for 'fun', forced to go to the gym.

New habit: curves is just what I do..Mon, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. Just habit now. Realized I HATE the treadmill and most likely will never use one again. Started the couch to 5k program for simple fun and wanting to run in a charity. Not quite to the point where I could say I enjoy it or like it yet, but I can see me getting there sometime in the future.

Old habit: dreading every day on this journey, feeling like it is torture to change my life.

New habit: excited even two months into this new journey about what tomorrow, next week, next month, six months from now... what it will look like, where I will be, where my children will be (my influence on them), enjoy even the slips ups and knowing that my slip up even today! will not stop my journey, but instead just be another day of my journey.

I love knowing that with every new habit I start or strengthen, an old habit is being cracked and destroyed bit by bit. Hopefully one day I can look back on my old habits as a distance memory and realize that those pebbles have laid the path for my new journey and life. Feeling very good today and very excited to see where I end up :)
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