HOW TO MAKE A HABIT

Wed 7/23/14:
If you are overweight, out of shape, and feeling like everyday is a chore because you have no energy….
START DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT! Yes, you are going to have to CHANGE! It’s that simple…stop doing what you are doing because it is not working!
CHANGE… START NEW HABITS…YOU CAN DO THIS! Don’t try to do it all in one big swoop…ain’t gonna happen. Pick and choose what to start with. Work on that for a bit…make it a habit…part of your day…part of your life…part of you…this is important!
What are your habits?

Do you eat the same thing for lunch, go through the same exercise routine, and fall into bed at the same time each night?

Or maybe you’ve made a habit out of eating whatever looks good, avoiding the gym, and staying up as late as possible.

John Dryden famously said, “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
It’s pretty clear that the habits you adopt will shape who you are.

When it comes to your body, the two habits that define your physique are your eating and exercise habits. In fact, everyone that you know who is in great shape has dialed in these two important habits.

If you aren’t happy with your body, then simply adjust your eating and exercise habits. Here’s how to adopt a habit:

Making a Habit
Use these seven steps to create a life-improving habit.

1) Decide on the ONE habit that you would like to develop. It’s tempting to pick up 3 or 4 healthy habits, but choosing just one new habit is realistic and doable.

Here are some healthy habit ideas:
Do not eat after 7pm each night.
Bring your lunch to work instead of eating fast food.
Exercise 4 times a week after work for 45 minutes each time.
Only eat fruits and veggies as your afternoon snack.
Get up early and exercise for an hour each morning.
Work with a personal trainer 3 times a week.
2) Write your new habit down on paper. Also include your 3 main motivators for developing this new habit, the obstacles you’ll face, and your strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

Here’s an example:
My new habit is to work with a personal trainer 3 times each week.
My 3 main motivators are 1) to feel confident in my bathing suit this summer, 2) to have more energy, and 3) to fit into my skinny jeans.
The obstacles I will face are 1) not having the energy to go to my session after work, 2) not having enough money to pay for sessions, and 3) not having my spouse’s support.
I will overcome these obstacles by 1) doing my workouts before work instead of after work, so I have more energy, 2) cutting down on frivolous spending to ensure that I can afford it, and 3) asking my spouse to join me so we can get in shape together.
3) Commit fully to your new habit, in a public way. This could mean posting it on facebook, or simply announcing it at the dinner table. Put yourself in a position where you’ll be embarrassed to give up on your new habit.

4) Keep track of your progress. You could keep a detailed journal or simply make a check mark on each calendar day that you successfully exercise your new habit.

5) Keep yourself publically accountable. This means either status updates on facebook or verbal status updates at the dinner table. Your friends and family are in a position to offer you support, so don’t shy away from those close to you.

6) When you fail, figure out what went wrong so that you can plan around it in the future.

7) Reward yourself for your success.

Once your new habit becomes second nature, usually in about 30 days, feel free to add a second habit by going through the same 7 steps.

Having a Routine!

Mon Mar 18,2013: Ok, the first big spring party is over. Here in Ms. we had perfect warm sunny weather w/ a big ole St. Patty’s Parade. I know a lot of people got side tracked w/ their food and exercise regimin! I did also. I did not go to parade and I don’t drink…but I did have some events to attend which got me out of my routine. I am such a routine person! Good news for me is…I know this. Not gonna stay off track or anything like that. I’m up blogging w/ my coffee. Then off to the gym and my routine will continue. Having a routine keeps me balanced and somewhat methodical. As long as I stick to it…I can get alot accomplished. Even though I had a lot of fun this weekend…I was somewhat off balance cause everything was different. For those of you who just get up everyday with no plan or no structure….try implementing a plan, an order to the day. If you can make it a habit life gets a little easier. Let’s get out there and have a great Monday!

Planning/Organization…

Sat. Feb 9,2013:  Up Up Up already.  Been up awhile actually.  Fixing to get out of this bed after I write this.  Have gotten alot accomplished since yesterday.  Let’s see haircut, my 15 year old sweet chiuahuah had her physical yesterday…she’s perfect.  Teeth cleaning next Friday for her.  Taxes to the tax place.  Groceries for the coming week bought.   Today,  I have a client at gym…we’ll workout together.  Practice my putting.  Cook for the week… DONE!

I’m one of those who like to be organized and kind of plan everthing out.  It helps me feel “put together.”  I’m not anal about it…trust me, if I don’t want to do something I won’t.  Just being organized…helps me focus and be calm.  Being calm is good for anyone….helps the mind and the muscles to relax.

For those of you who run around all day long feeling overwhelmed and like you just have to much to do and can never get caught up…..STOP!  That feeling is not “healthy” for you.  Start being a planner…an organizer… some things can wait.  Everything does not have to be done now!  Learn to write things down…write lists…learn to delegate tasks out.  There is enough time in the day to do what has to be done…. calm yourself and start organizing.

Have a great Sat. Hope all those in the North East get thru this awful winter storm!  Hopefully, yall planned for what your about to go thru… Be Safe!