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Gateway Behaviors (2014 - Blog #54)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

In Blog #51, I described one of my gears this way: " Gear #6 - Ten minutes of a well-designed exercise MAKES a difference. It is a gateway habit to healthy living. " I got to thinking more about GATEWAY BEHAVIORS.

The comparison I was thinking of was to GATEWAY DRUGS, so I looked up the term. Here is a definition of a GATEWAY DRUG: "a habit-forming drug that, while not itself addictive, may lead to the use of other addictive drugs."

So often we beat up on ourselves for the ways we sometimes slip back into old habits. But, how often do we think about those "GATEWAY BEHAVIORS" that propel us to healthy lives? These are the habit-forming behaviors that, while not in and of themselves not addictive, do lead to the behaviors that support good decisions!

Reflecting on my own GATEWAY behaviors, I came up with a few that have indeed supported me to making better and better choices.
emoticon 10 minutes of walking led to my first walking 5K
emoticon 5 push ups hard earned each day for a week led to 10 push ups hard earned the next week.
emoticon An easy bike ride to the mailbox and back led to a fast ride to the store and back.
emoticon An earnest run all the way to the corner led to my first ever 10k.
emoticon A few good days of water led to a month of drinking my daily amount
emoticon A crunchy apple for lunch led to crunchy veggies for snacks
emoticon Cutting back to one latte a week led to forgetting to even stop for that one latte the next.
emoticon A pound lost after one week led to a few more pounds in the same month.
emoticon An inch lost one month led to looser clothes the next month.
emoticon Logging into spark for one year straight lead to logging into spark for two years, then three years and now going on to four years straight.
emoticon Supporting one sparker today with one comment on one blog led to an hour of blog comments on a Saturday morning.
emoticon Pushing past a stubborn plateau once led to pushing past several more stubborn plateaus along the way.
emoticon Not giving up once led to not giving up even when things have been tough.
emoticon Achieving a tiny health goal this minute is leading to the confidence to work hard for the whole of my goals for life.

What are some of your gateway behaviors for good?

"A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist."
Eleanor Roosevelt

MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)

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