I am a routine type of girl. My routine is a series of habits I do throughout my day. My routines keeps me focused, on track and feeling productive and I go through my day doing things I want to do and need to do without any thought. It’s automatic. I have good habits and I have some not so good habits. One of my most sacred habit is the way I eat (plant based )and move. And from this most sacred habit, it has done wonders in other areas of my life. Unfortunately, for whatever reason (which was probably caused from an interruption in my routine), I noticed my clothes getting tighter and not feeling as light on my feet. Blah!
Though I still consume a plant based diet which includes an enormous amount of fruits and vegetables etc, I have been snacking on way too many nuts, dark chocolate, raisins, wheat bread etc.(yeah, even too much of healthier treats can do damage:) and stopped my routine of jogging on my treadmill (which I do for stamina and building strength, not for weight loss), now the scale is saying I am 10 lbs heavier than I was during the holidays. Yeah, I am frustrated with myself only because I value my health habit as my most valuable and cherished habit. With that being said, I will have to buckle down and stay strong for the next few weeks and stop snacking on treats and eating between meals which will take a little effort at first, but then will form back into a habit which will no longer provide my willpower, its back to automatic. I will also recommit to moving my body every day, be it on the treadmill or the great outdoors (which I love to do anyway). And most importantly, I will be patient, not upset or frustrated, because those feelings never lead to a positive outcome in the long run. All in all, my most cherished habit is still very much engrained, just a little slippage.
Speaking of habits, I read the most amazing book called, Better Than Before, Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives, which tackles the question as quoted from Gretchen Rubin’s book, ” How do we change? One answer -by using habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” I just finished the book and I just began re-reading it again. One of the best books I have personally read on establishing habits and not relying on willpower to make changes in your life so that it’s Better Than Before. To read an excerpt from her book, click here!