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Changed habits

Thursday, February 07, 2013

When I started this, I would hardly walk anywhere and definitely wouldn't do a daily morning walk. I would be eating mindlessly during the day and especially at night when I sat down for the evening.

This week I realized that I don't feel the need for an evening snack most of the time. Even when my husband offers something or sits down to eat a late night snack, I don't usually want anything. I might have a passing craving, but I wait it out for five minutes and am able to get past it.

I can easily pass up most sweets the kids try to share with me. I rarely get them for the kids anyhow, but when I do give them some, they're nice enough to try to share. I am fortunate that they don't usually pick the things I want to have shared with me and it makes it easier to pass up. It also teaches them the gracious "no thank you" part of life, that you can be polite when passing up something offered to you.

I find that I miss my morning walks on the days it's way too cold to be outside. I haven't been getting them in the last couple of weeks because of the near single digit temps, but today in the 20's I managed it again. I feel so much calmer after a walk and enjoy seeing the things going on in the park. Today was the girl's gym class trying to ski and snowshoe while chit chatting, gotta love watching teenagers. I also enjoy seeing the different tracks in the snow, there were two different dog prints, several different boot tracks and one that had the chains on the boots for better traction. There's always something different in the park daily and it's usually very quiet in the morning (except on the days this gym class shows up).

So this means that eventually those things you are having a hard time with now may just turn into the things you find easy as time goes on. Old habits are replaced with new ones because you've worked so hard at making sure that you stop doing the old ones and keep doing the new ones.
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  • TANYA602
    I feel the peace here in this blog - and with the weight loss comes the comfort of knowing that your hard work and changed habits pay off.
    1901 days ago
    Glad to hear all of the positive changes you're making. You're doing so awesome! I miss walking outside. We live in the country and with 2 preschoolers I can't get out with them easily. When it gets warmer I thought about taking them down to the track or walking outside when my husband gets home. The sun goes down so early in the Winter so by the time he gets home its already getting dark. In the Summer, the sun goes down passed 9pm, so its easier to get out. My workouts are videos and elliptical right now. Its sounds so serene to go out and walk.
    1902 days ago
    You make me miss living with four real seasons. You sound so calm and self-assured. You've come such a long way!

    1903 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    That is so true. I find myself passing up things because when I think of the calorie content it just isn't worth it to me to put that thing in my mouth knowing how many minutes or hours it equals on the elliptical. I was telling my husband this morning that I am so happy with my progress and I am not even hungry at the end of each day. I love the positive changes that spark people and friends create in us!
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  • CC3833
    That is great! I would love to walk... Can't wait until is stays lighter out longer... The area I live in I can not go walking alone at night... EVER... But during the day I could manage. I love walking.... hate running...
    1904 days ago
    My husband shares his snacks with me. Luckily, there is not much in the house that is bad for me. I have no resistance when food is handed to me!

    1904 days ago
    It's great that you recognize those changes. I know sometimes I get caught up in thinking I'm in the same spot I was last year, but when I realize the small changes, it makes me realize how far I've come. Keep up the good work. And have you ever tried the Walk at Home DVD's by Leslie Sansone? I have to you those over the winter months here because it's always to cold and way to icy to walk outside.
    1904 days ago
    So nice to see you as you've changed over the last year. emoticon
    1904 days ago
    Very nice blog! I wish you the best on your journey! Here's to warmer temps and brighter days and longer walks outdoors! So much to look forward to!

    1904 days ago
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