Mother: I have always heard that if you do something for a month it becomes a habit. I have not found this to be true. In my humble opinion I think a lot depends on the habit. Are you trying to form one or get rid of one? And is it something you really want to change?
Exercise for instance. When I retired a year and a half ago starting an exercise program was number one on my to do list. One of the perks of being over 65 is some insurances will cover a gym membership. I joined one gym and the Y. I tried a number of different options, group strength training, solo strength training, group yoga classes and cycling class. Cycling was the only thing that stuck.
After a year and a half I find myself not wanting to go cycle. I missed class for three weeks last of July and first of August. I find any excuse not to go. Doctors appointment at 2, better not go to class not enough time. Its raining, no class for me. It is so crazy after all this time of going to cycle 3 and 4 times a week I just don’t want to go.
I have a friend that stopped smoking 15+ years ago, but says if her husband wouldn’t leave her she would start right back up. Even though she knows smoking is bad for her the desire to do it continues. I feel that if I started sitting on my butt everyday at 3p and eating peanut butter fudge that after 30 days I could keep this habit up. But, on the other hand if I was eating broccoli everyday at 3p I would pretty much be over it in 30 days.
I am a gum chewer. Even though I feel that all of the chewing is not good for my jaws or teeth, I can’t seem to stop. I chew sugar free but I know the amount I chew is not healthy, but still I continue. My diet. I can be spot on with my eating as long as I have no social life, but Katie bar the door if I have a lot of out of the house activities.
Maybe the penalty for not changing has to be so great that it is easier to change then not. In my case I am not sure what that would have to be. We have heard it forever, everything in moderation, portion control, stick with it for 30 days. Do any or all of these and a new “good” habit is formed. Sure it is. That is why when I am offered a second on mashed potatoes I say ” O no, but I will take seconds on the liver”.
What is your kryptonite? Is there anything you know you should be doing or having, but you just can’t make yourself?
Till next time.
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