Oh snap dragon.
Before I launch into todays thoughts, I’ll do a quick update on my recovery run I mentioned in yesterdays post.
I did my own little 5k with the goal to go slow and easy and just enjoy the absolute thrill and joy of running again… to see how the heel felt and not push for anything heroic.
Is there anything better than feeling the road under your feet? Having the wind in your face? Getting all sweaty? Or hearing nothing but the sound of your breathing as you let your body do what it’s trained to do ?
I think not.
The cool, groovy, and overall awesome thing? the heel felt no better or worse than before the run. My plan is to alternate some easy runs with strength training and ease back into where I want to be.
Now… on with todays new stuff…..
An overarching theme I hear from people who are starting/want to start a lifestyle change is this… “there are so many things to consider, so many things to change!”
Yeah, I get it. The task can seem daunting, so daunting in fact, many people will give up before they really get started trying.
Making changes means building new habits, new behaviors, an overall rewiring of your brain and how you do things. It doesn’t happen overnight.
How I wish it was so easy! But if you don’t start somewhere, how are you gonna start ? So what if you flop and fail the first couple times ? I certainly did. So do many others.
Think of learning to ride a bike with no training wheels…. remember those lurching, wobbling attempts to keep your balance and not go careening into the bushes ? Worse yet, remember when you did ?
What did you do? Dragged that bike out and with the help of mom or dad, you got back on that thing again and you started over… and you kept at it till you were successful… till you could sail down the street like a demon with no hands.
Building new habits in our lives is a lot like that. You gotta keep after it, if you fall off, you get back up, and start again until it begins to feel natural to you.
It’s hard to let go of comfortable habits, especially when they are not so good health habits, many of which have been in place in our lives for a long time!
Instead of being overwhelmed at the prospect of thinking you must change everything all at once, why not make a list of things you want to change?
Be specific and most of all be honest and real with yourself. If you eat in front of the TV at night and know it’s a bad habit, put it down.
Make a list of “new” habits you want to build in your life.
Once you list habits you have in place and you want to change or add you can then focus on one at a time.
Wouldn’t it be way easier to attempt say, one a week ? Of course, if you’re an over achiever, you can always focus on more 😉
The goal of course, is to make slow steady changes that evolve into a “lifestyle change”… something that is permanent and lasting.
Do you have any specific things you’ve done to build new habits in your life ?
2 thoughts on “Lifestyle Change And New Habits”
One of the things I did to make my workouts a habit, was to make sure I worked out when I didn’t want to. By doing that, it always put me in a good mood and made me feel great. So every time I don’t want to workout I just remember how great it feels. Also, I have this thing stuck in my head that all that matters is that I keep going. I’m going to have a week here and there where I hardly workout, or eat like crap and gain a few pounds, but I always tell myself to keep on going.
More habits that I have, is to make sure I have a kick ass workout on Monday to set the tone for the rest of the week.
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You are so right on! You’ve got some really good ones in place, those are the same types of things I used to motivate myself as well. I love it…. “all that matters is I keep going” …. truth!
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