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Turning new behaviours into healthy habits

Monday, July 29, 2013

They say it takes between 21- 40 days to turn a new behaviour into a consistent habit. I’m on Day 20. DAY 20!! My treadclimber has become part of my morning ritual, like showering or getting dressed. I have been increasing the speed and duration of my workout so that I am always pushing myself. I was so proud when I did 20 minutes the first time – now I do it daily!

My mindset has changed for sure. I used to be all about the quick fixes and instant weight loss. Although I want to lose weight, my focus has shifted to being healthy. I seem to have finally realized that quick fixes don’t work and even if they do, its short lived. As with anything, you have to WORK to get real results. I heard a great quote the other day: Only in the dictionary does Success come before Work.

On the weekend I went over my calories, but I made sure to push a little harder exercising. And despite going over my calories, I was still making conscious choices to eat healthier. I had made an avocado using 1% milk instead of condensed milk – but that was still 400 calories - and then tried making a tofu/mushroom noodle dish. I thought it was fairly healthy but when I calculated the recipe, it was 500 calories! But we went to a party and while everyone was snacking on chips, I went and grabbed some watermelon. As I was logging my food, my fiancé said ‘I’m very proud of you.. ‘. I may have gone over my calories, but I’m consciously making better choices and taking responsibility for what I eat and that is a big part of getting healthier.

Anyways, that’s all for today!
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