I joined the Beachbody program and my new coach, April, has been very supportive. I started a very beginner level workout yesterday and did a little more advanced today. Funny how the most basic moves can make you sore the next day. I am definitely not using all my muscle groups as often as I should in my day to day life. I am sure I will be even more sore tomorrow.
I find myself looking for ways to stay motivated and determined in this process. I don’t want to make excuses and skip a day of exercise or allow myself to eat something I know I shouldn’t. I am realistic and know this will inevitably happen at some point in this process and probably more than once. So I have started research, because my psychology brain knows this is a mental obstacle. Our minds and bodies revert back to what it knows when times get tough. Well, my body knows that eating tacos and chips with cheese dip with an ice cold beer is what I normally do when times get hard. It also knows that curling up with a good book or watching a movie is more my jam after work than getting in front of the TV for a workout. So how do we change our mind and condition ourselves to revert to new norm? How do we create better habits?
I believe this is where phrases like, practice makes perfect, or stated facts like, it takes 21 days to create a habit, come in to play. My research has brought me back to a book that I bought on audio a few years ago and never started. I recently completed Girl, Wash Your Face and loved listening to it on my way to work each morning. So now I am going to start The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. Maybe in this book I can gain some new knowledge that I can apply to my current attempt to get healthier. I am always looking to learn new things to apply to my life, and I need all the help I can get when it comes to creating healthier eating habits and exercising more regularly.
How have you stopped bad habits and created more healthy habits in your life?
With love, happiness and healthy habits,