Habits are the life blood of what we do everyday. We all have routines and habits that we go through when we wake up. Some may include making coffee, brushing teeth, having breakfast, and taking a shower. Other habits you just do throughout the day like tapping your feet, twirling your hair, biting your nails, or checking your email. These habits are very second nature and many of them would be considered good.
We also come across ‘bad’ habits. These are often ones we would like to change or improve upon. Some of these may be making poor food choices, mindless snacking or eating, not working out as much as desired, and the list could go on…
More often than not, we go through a failing cycle of frustration to try and break the bad habits. It might look something like this: An event (new years resolution, upcoming wedding, introduced to a new weight loss product/shake/program, flat out frustrated, etc.), muster up a whole bunch of will power, make progress, reach breaking point (event passes, tired of supplementing or starving, will power fades), lose all the progress and return to initial fitness level.
Events will pass, heavily marketed products will always be out there, and will power is finite. So when time passes we eventually find ourselves back in our original habits and patterns. We really haven’t changed anything as it relates to our habits and our relationship with food.
Often times we try to break habits by trying to change too much at once. No carbs, more protein, take a shake, workout 6 days a week. And when one falters we are exhausted and throw in the towel. So let’s take a look at what it takes to create long term healthy habit development.
- Start Small. Choose one thing to improve upon. Yes only one!
- Set yourself up to WIN. Your goal is to win! Don’t try and change a habit from one extreme to another. If you eat fast food 7 days a week it’s not realistic to start cooking every meal and eating all organic.
- Rinse and Repeat. You’ll slip up, so give yourself some grace. Pick up where you left off.
Once you’ve achieved 80% success over a two week period then choose another habit to tackle. If you slip up on a previous habit then revisit it and fine tune your habit skills.
Some ideas of healthy habits may include:
- Eat 5 servings of vegetables per day.
- Drink 1/2 your body weight in water per day.
- Go to bed earlier.
- Consume protein at every meal and snack.
- Start your day with gratitude.
- Increase your activity/exercise 30 minutes three times/week.
The list could go on. One final bonus is to find some accountability. You are much more likely to succeed when you have an honest teammate by your side to encourage, support, and keep you accountable.
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