Bad habits- We all have them and make excuses for them. I work out like a beast but still eat crap. But I work out so it makes it okay. Right? No. It’s a bad habit.
When I get bored, I munch. When I get stuck in my head, I munch. These are emotional cookies. I eat because…fill in the blank. I work out so that my emotional cookies don’t leave a mark, but they do. I may be able to wear the same pants, but the marks are there. So, it is time to break the habit.
It is said that it can take upwards of 90 days to make a new habit, so I’m going to assume it will take that long to break one. I need to figure out how to do it and how to succeed at it.
- I must make this a priority. I don’t have to make huge steps just steps that I take every day towards my goal. Slow and steady wins the race.
- I must figure out what triggers my desire to munch on emotional cookie. Once I know, I must move away from the trigger. Like…don’t sit in the kitchen.
- Prepare for the positive- what will replace the emotional cookies? Fruit smoothie, a walk, playing with the dogs, hangin’ with the Hubs doin’ awesome stuff…
- Take it one day at a time and allow for screw-ups. A cheat moment is not the end of the journey. It’s just a chance to start again.
I have made a few backslides lately and not just in my eating habits. I have allowed my past to creep in and taint my present. This is also a bad habit. As long as I allow the specters of days-gone-by to inflict pain in my today I will never be free of its shadow. This is a habit I must and will break- NOW. Yesterday no longer has power over who I am and what I have become. Today is the only day that matters and today is a damn good day. I will focus on the good that the sun brought with it this morning. I will enjoy the breeze and move forward with each gust. I will make a choice to see what is ahead and not look over my shoulder at the things that no longer matter.
There are good and bad habits. I love my gym time, but then I come home and each crap. With the good came the bad. But I can change that. I can prepare a healthy choice for when I return from the gym. I can have a smoothie waiting. I can make a plan. That is what I am going to do. When I get trapped in my head and the shadows try to creep in- I will take a walk or listen to music or take a walk while listening to music. There are ways out of the trap of a bad habit and I am going to find my way out of the labyinth.
The journey begins today- wanna come? What are your habits? What do you want to change? We can do it together. We can encourage one another in our journey to betterment.
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Until then…Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.