Bad habits…….Who Me??

hab·it(hbt)

n.

1.

a. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.

I have a  lot of habits. In fact, if you think about it, our lives are made up of a series of habits.


Good and bad.

I’ve been thinking about this lately because I have realized that I have slipped  {or re-slipped, if you will} into some bad habits that are keeping me from being the healthiest that I can be.


 For example, recently I have started to add an extra teaspoon of sugar to every cup of coffee. In my zombie-like, half-asleep, ‘need-some-coffee’ early morning stupor, I add it……without even thinking.{I likes my coffee VERY sweet} Now, this may seem like a small thing, but if I add it up over the course of a week, month, year, or lifetime, I would most likely be shocked at the amount of sugar that that would be.  So, that one little habit is probably costing me more dearly than I realize.


Or, and this one is a little embarrassing to admit, I have slipped into the habit of eating bites of whatever my kids don’t finish. Sandwich crusts in particular because let’s face it, they’re the best part of the sammie. Without thought, I have started popping their meal remnants in my mouth.  For a long time, I had a hard and fast rule of NEVER doing that.  And then, somewhere along the line I started picking at their food after they had finished eating. Now, I can honestly say that it has become a habit again. I don’t even think about it before I do it.  I CANNOT even imagine over the course of a day, week, month, or year how many calories that would add up to. DEFINITELY, a bad habit.


So, if my goal is to be the fittest & healthiest that I can be for life, I have been off track.
For real and for true. 
Off. 
Track.  


Some bad habits have worked their way back into my life, while some of the good ones I had established have eluded me.  This is one of the major things that, in the past, had discouraged me to the point of saying, ‘what’s the difference? I’m going to end up falling into my old ways/failing before too long. Why even bother trying?’  With a defeatist attitude, I would resign myself to the fact that I was just an exceptionally undisciplined person and doomed to failure. This thought pattern definitely played a part in my staying overweight/unhealthy for as long as I did.  


And then, a few years ago,  I read this:


“Pilots use a flight plan for every flight they have scheduled. However, due to weather, other planes flying in the area, information from traffic control towers, and even faulty equipment, the pilots must deviate off course much of the time – in fact, ninety percent of the time. However, this does not change the original flight plan, which they consistently refer to and return to as soon as conditions permit. This theme is used throughout the book to show how having a vision in mind with one’s family is important, but it is also crucial to remember that much that life will throw our way will interfere with our goal.” ~Stephen Covey in the introduction to 7 Habits for Highly Effective Families


Here, the author is of course talking about having a vision for your family, but I immediately realized that it applies to life in general.  We get off track. We set goals but sometimes outside {and often internal} forces make us veer from our intended path. But, does that mean that the destination needs to change?  


Reading just this one paragraph was a light bulb moment for me. Could it be that it wasn’t just me? Could it be that this is a ‘thing’?  Life gets you off course, but it’s still possible to ‘keep your eye on the prize’ and get back on track? And could it be that this is normal?

THIS was something I could work with.  THIS was a principle I could grab onto and run with. 
And I have.


I cannot count the number of times I have gotten off track with my health, fitness, and weight loss goals.  But, keeping this one principle in mind has helped to greatly minimize discouragement and helped me to get back on track and stay the course for my ‘original destination.’


So, as I mentioned above,  I HAVE been off track in a couple of areas {truthfully, MORE than a couple, but Rome wasn’t built in a day} in my flight plan to be the best and healthiest version of ME that I can be. The question is, what am I going to do about it?


Join me Wednesday as I talk about getting back on track and as I ask YOU to partner with me in developing one new good habit and/or breaking one bad habit that has to be eliminated on the way to being the healthiest version of ourselves.


Have you found anything I have said today to be true of your life?   Do you find yourself getting off track with a goal you have set either personally or professionally?  Do you find discouragement in the veering off course like I used to, or have you learned to just keep pressing on toward the goal?  You KNOW I love to hear! XO\


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