It is the third Wednesday of the new year. Are you keeping those New Year's resolutions? You know, the list of things you were going to do and the new habits you were going to develop? I'm just checking in. Maybe you didn't write resolutions but instead chose a one word for 2013. Well, it's important to make sure you're making progress. I did both. I wrote a few resolutions and I chose a one word for 2013: SURRENDER.
So how am I doing?
I'm doing pretty good. Not perfect mind you, but I didn't expect that. After all ...I'm human.
But one thing is starting to take shape for me. The habit of exercise is being renewed in my life. I used to have the habit of daily exercise. I did that for years and frankly never thought twice about it. It was a HABIT.
Well, that went by the wayside when my life turned upside down a few years ago.
I used to have a beautiful workout room with all my equipment in one place. I could watch TV or check out the beautiful view of the mountains.
Now I have a treadmill squeezed into my husband's office in our small condo. But the treadmill works! So I made the decision to get back in the habit of daily exercise. Already, I'm beginning to feel more energetic. I don't dread coming home from work and hopping on my treadmill. My husband understands that I need that time and he does all he can to be sure it happens. No distractions!
I've also been planning my meals. Well, I guess I have to qualify that. I'm doing better. On Sunday afternoon, I prepare a few meals in advance. I used my crock pot and I also made a huge salad with lots of veggies. So I have meals to take to work with me for lunch. My hubby has been a big help as he often helps with dinner. He is so creative with the leftovers and makes delicious meals. Thank you Greg!
I'm also loving our Weigh-in Facebook group. It has been so encouraging to share recipes and things that work. We are also accountable to one another; love that and I need that.
The important lesson I take away from this weight loss issue is:
Healthy habits must be developed.
It takes 21 days to create a new habit. So for at least 21 days it may be hard to keep at it. But if you do, you may find that you no longer dread the behavior as it becomes a part of your daily life.
What habit are you in the process of developing? Are there any healthy habits that you've developed and care to share?