New Year is easily equated with a clean slate and new resolution time. I have been giving some thought lately to the idea that it takes 100 days to "lock" in a new habit. Check out this link, if you are curious:
Now consider all the things you already do that you don't give a second thought to, like brushing your teeth routinely two or more times a day (making you and your dentist very happy), grooming, showering, eating, sleeping, getting to work most days on time. Things you give barely a second thought to.
Modifying bad habits is hard, without question. It has taken decades of bad habits to get to this point. My doctor, early on in our relationship, told me that my body "was starting to complain." The sum total of my adult life up to that point was the culmination of many, many bad habits, and now under the weight of all this (no pun intended), my blood pressure and sugar levels were starting to climb in response. She assured me that a 10% drop in weight would dramatically affect my blood pressure. Even as an educated physician, I was very skeptical. Ten percent? That's all? Needless to say, she was, indeed, correct, and since joining SP close to seven years ago, I have managed to keep off over 25 pounds of lost weight, and my blood pressure has normalized. The sugars at the last office visit, showed good compliance to normative values, too. Have I reached the end of my weight-loss journey? Hardly. Has there been backsliding? Of course. We are human after all, and being kind to oneself is a big part of the program to make this sustainable (there's that word again) for the balance of one's life.
I am curious to see if this 100 day journey will work for me. One of the greatest gifts of SP is the community, which allows for accountability, with a heart. If you are inclined, join me, and let's see where we are by April 25th.
Your body will thank you for the effort.