Habit: An acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary….
We all have habits. They may be good habits, they may be bad. I’m going to throw it out there that we all probably have a pretty good mixture of both.
The thing about habits is that they take a long time to form. Generally, I’ve heard, anywhere from 3 weeks to a month and your behavior starts to be common for you. You don’t have to think about it as much.
What about when your habit or automatic go to is harmful? What about when changing it seems just too hard?
The first thing that you need to do when you want to change something that you are doing all the time is to find your WHY. Why do you want to change this behavior? What will it benefit you? Will it only benefit you or are others going to be involved? Your WHY must be important enough to you to make you stick with the change. It must make you re-evaluate your choices when you are tempted to return to your old ways in day 1, day 3, day 7, week 2….so on and so on.
It MUST be big enough to make you desire to do whatever it takes to make the change into a new habit. Something that will squash the little feelings that will inevitably pop up like, “I can’t do this. I don’t want to do this. It’s too hard. It’s not really that worth it.” These feelings will come, you need to find a way to squash them.
INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results
If you want to have a different outcome, you must take different action…..and STOP with the “yeah, but’s”………
(sorry about the lighting….I didn’t realize how horrible it was until I posted it….oops, real life….haha)
When it comes to my way of eating (I despise the word diet), it is restricted. For now, I am loosely following a carb cycling plan. It looks different than a normal carb cycling plan because I am working out daily and my workouts demand energy 😉 I am finally to a point that when I crave carbs, they are normally good carbs….sweet potato fries, fruit, sprouted bread, etc, but I also know that this plan is working for me, so I can stay the course.
But it hasn’t always been this way. It was hard to be so restrictive in the beginning. As I stated in the video, I was used to years and years of eating junk. I LOVE dairy. But, now I know that to get healthy the way I desire to be, some things need to go. Food isn’t a comfort to me anymore.
MUCH of this change was brought about by working through my RevWell training and healing my heart issues, but the rest is because I found my WHY. It’s not about being skinny…..but I do want to feel comfortable in my clothes. I was tired of headaches, constant heartburn, fatigue, brain fog, and not being able to lose weight. I was tired of having back problems because of my weight. I have a family history of high blood pressure and diabetes. I don’t want to have to deal with those problems. I want to feel good when I’m with my husband. I want to participate in activities with my kids. I want to have the joy that comes with being energetic and comfortable in your skin.
What is your why?
I challenge you to take a while and think or journal. See what comes out. What are you scared of? Why “can’t” you give up a food? What does that food represent to you? Comfort, happiness, fear, control?
I am going to be opening up some coaching late this year or early 2018 if you would like someone to come alongside you in this journey. Someone to pray with and for you, someone to offer tips, someone to offer accountability, just someone to go through this emotional journey with you. Contact me if you would like to be put on the waiting list…..and watch for the new tab to appear above listing the different coaching options 🙂
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