We all have 'em: good ones and less desirable ones.
They drive pretty much everything we do.
Habits are formed as we do things repetitively, day in and day out. Sometimes they take a conscious effort to develop, while others seem to come out of nowhere, as if from a survival mechanism.
About 23 years ago, I decided to change some of my habits. I had gained 20 pounds at college, my dear grandmother passed away unexpectedly, and as I looked at my family members and considered the gene pool I had, I decided I wanted to change my habits. I set out to change my genetic tendencies so I would not have to live a life of pain, multiple prescription medications, repeated doctor visits, obesity, and just settling for less than what I could be. I began to exercise and change my eating habits. Exercise did not come easily; I had to work really hard for it. And changing my eating habits was not easy either, especially when I lived at home all summer. But I set small goals each day and each week. As I met those goals, I set more and kept working every single day to progress toward those goals. By the end of the summer, I had dropped those 20 pounds without crash dieting or exercising excessively. I simply changed my lifestyle.
I hear soooo many people say they wish they could exercise and eat healthy. That's a good start, but simply wishing is not going to change anything. You have to get up and do something about it. Write down your goals and write up baby steps to achieve those goals. Break up the big goals into simpler, "bite-size," achievable goals. And don't expect perfection. But do expect progress, and do all you can to nail those little bite-size, achievable goals.
I will continue this discussion on habits next week.
So, for this week, here is your assignment:
1. Write down ONE goal you want to work towards right now.
2. Think of some baby steps (1-3) you can EASILY take to work towards that goal.
3. Write down those steps and make a plan to keep them every day this next week.
4. At the end of the week, review your progress (HONESTLY!).
Speaking of forming habits, I am so sorry for being inconsistent with my blog posts. It clearly isn't quite a habit yet. But I'm working on it! I have made my plan and it's in progress right now!
Ok, so here is the workout plan for the rest of this week. I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend (for all of us in the US) and get some time to enjoy the amazing weather and sunshine!
Wednesday: Sevens #3
Thursday: Full Body Burnout #4
Friday: 30/30 Workout
Saturday: Get outside and do something fun today for at least 30 minutes OR try Torch-er 2.
Sunday: Active REST Day! Take a walk, stretch, or do some Yoga or Pilates.