Starting Over Again. And Again.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oy, it seems that I am great at starting over, but not great at following through!

I was down to the 160's last year, and I've managed to gain it all back plus a couple extra pounds.

This time, I've learned that new habits last only as long as you keep the systems that support them in place!

For example, I've been skipping my morning workouts for months. Why? Because I no longer keep my exercise clothes and shoes and socks ready to go by my bed each night before I fall asleep. Suddenly everything else on my to-do list seems more important than this one step that will help ensure longevity, health, and happiness.

I'm reminding myself that my twenty minute workout is merely 2% of my day! Then it doesn't seem like such a big deal to do it.

I'm also committing to work through the 100 Days of Weight Loss book that I borrowed from my mom. Day 1 says "Finish the following sentence: I used to ... but now I ... "

Here are mine:

I used to drink caffeinated soda, but now I prefer ice-cold water.
I used to drink two cups of coffee each morning, but now I prefer decaffeinated iced tea.
I used to eat whatever, but now I menu plan.
I used to load up on sugary and salty junk foods, but now I reach for colorful delicious veggies.

How would you finish the sentence?

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    ...have nothing to do. Now, I have LOTS to do if I have a Spark Day like: cook a SparkRecipe, support SP members. Spark all day, plan and log in meals for the day and beyond being careful to keep at @1200 calories a day (this is my favorite thing to do!), do a load of my workout clothes, search for a yummy SparkRecipe, and go to the grocery store daily for fresh food for my SparkRecipe of the day!
    These are emoticon days! emoticon

    Great "get me happy" blog! Thanks! emoticon
    1715 days ago
    Wow! Your statement, "new habits last only as long as you keep the systems that support them in place" really hit home for me.
    Everybody says that you can make new habit in 21 or 30 days; but my experience has been that even though I tried to create a new habit by doing (or not doing) something for that period of time, it only took 1 or 2 'slips' for me to completely revert. Now I understand why. Thanks for the insight.

    1715 days ago
    that's me
    1715 days ago
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