Creating Habits...the Good and the Bad
The thing about habits is ~ it takes time to create them and a serious commitment to change them. The reason we proposed a 6-week Challenge is because a set time frame helps us to stay focused and not give into old bad habits, so we can create new better habits.
I smoked cigarettes for most of my life (for over 35 years.) I started on a whim. I finally stopped when my daughter caught me and was so incredibly angry and frustrated by the fact that I was "killing myself." It has been nearly a year since I stopped. The habit of smoking was a very big part of my life, even though I knew very well, how bad it was for me. I sometimes indulge in one or two, but have been able to substitute smoking with being very aware of living in the moment and conscious of my breathing...which is a great feeling.
This new eating habit I am trying to create is another one of those situations that requires an effort to be very aware of 'the moment.' It is being aware in that moment when I must make a choice ~ each time I think about food. Each moment in the supermarket or the kitchen or in a restaurant...I just make a choice to avoid unhealthy foods and choose to eat something healthy. It is that simple. I do allow myself to indulge in the occassional unhealthy bite here and there, but mostly, I think about my stomach and it definitely feels less big lately, which feels great.
The other thing about creating this good, healthy eating habit is ~ I feel lighter. Simple exercising like walking feels easy and good. SO, I am on a good roll now. I know that it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for our bodies to kick into gear...realize the changes we are trying to make and respond accordingly.
Remember ~ absolutely nothing good comes easy. Stick with it, or if you have fallen back into bad habits, stop and start creating this new good habit with us all over again. What is the hardest habit you have had to change?
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