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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Making new habits = EASY

Here is a blog I wrote for my trainers website, Phit-N-Phat that was posted today.

While I'm away, Dawn has these words of wisdom for the PNP world. She is also the same moderator to take down TWO STRAIGHT CHALLENGES! Go Dawn and yay for your lifestyle.

Making New Habits = EASY

A few days ago a PNP member posed a question “Does it get easier”. I thought about that and answered quickly with an emphatic, YES! Then other members spoke up and put their two cents in and some answered yes and some actually said no.
As I thought about this a little longer I realized that it doesn’t necessarily become easy. I feel we actually form new habits and making new habits simply makes things easier. After a awhile you learn to do what you do and you learn to fit your healthy eating and exercise into your life. In essence it becomes easier.

Forming new habits takes time and none of us will form the habits in the same time frame. It took a good 6 months to really get it and realize that I could put these new healthy eating habits and new exercise habits into my regular life. Now that I have been with PNP for a little over a year, my new habits are just a part of my daily life. I don’t even think about not eating good I just do it because that is what I do and how I live my life.

I have a routine (other wise known as habits) and I do the same thing each week and each night to make sure that I have the proper foods to eat each day. At times it seems like a lot of work. Each night after my girls go to bed and I am get all of our lunches together. Somtimes I think “I would rather be sitting in the living room watching TV”. Then I realize that if I don’t prepare my food for the next day then what will I do?

For many years I didn’t prep or plan my food and I was overweight, un-healthy and not happy with my body. Oh, now I get it.

Don't plan and prep for the next day = starve, binge, and make poor choices just enough to never make any progress (or go the wrong way)

Take some time to prepare for healthy living: 30 minutes on the weekend to plan your menu, go to the store with a list, and 1 to 2 hours cutting up your food, putting it into baggies, and pre-cooking snacks and meals so you are on auto-pilot for a week.

It is just a brilliant idea to plan and prep and I wonder why I didn’t come up with it about 10 years ago? So in all reality it is not that much trouble and the alternative is not a place I ever want to be again. I am now HEALTHY and HAPPY with my body just because of some pre-planning, execution and habit forming.
In conclusion, if you haven’t taken the steps to form new habits which in return make things easier I highly recommend that you try it. I promise it is WORTH IT!

Thanks, Dawn, for sharing you wisdom and winning attitude!

2 comments:

Marie said...

Love it!!!! Every word is sooo true.

The Lewis's said...

Very well said Dawn!!!