We’re creatures of habit. We wake up, hit the alarm and hit auto-pilot…
- You have breakfast.
- You brush your teeth.
- You get dressed.
- You go to work.
- You have a doughnut.
- You have lunch at a fast food outlet.
- You have another doughnut with your afternoon coffee.
- You come home.
- You have a snack.
- You watch TV.
- You have another snack.
- You go to bed.
- Then you do it all over again the next day.
Eating and exercising – getting fatter or losing weight — all boil down to the same thing.
We are creatures of habit.
There are good habits and there are BAD habits.
You can choose your habits. You can choose to create a new good habit. You can choose to get rid of an existing BAD habit. Changing some habits can be really easy, as simple as deciding. Other habits will take time and determination to eradicate or permanently install. BUT you CAN do it!
Are you ready to start losing weight?
I need you to think long and hard about what I’m about to ask.
And be brutally honest with yourself.
What is your biggest weakness when it comes to your food?
- Overeating at meal times
- Having a doughnut at work during your morning AND afternoon coffee breaks
- Going without food for hours and then binge eating
- Snacking between meals
- Eating in front of the TV
- Opening the ice-cream carton, or the BIG package of potato chips and eating it ALL!
These are classic BAD eating habits.
The problem is these are bad habits we do without thinking. We do them (almost) on auto-pilot and then regret it afterwards.
There are hundreds of different bad eating habits … my challenge to you is to make a list of your weakness and then choose the one you are willing to tackle first. Choose JUST ONE and you will become a winner when it comes to losing weight.
I used to be a terrible night time snacker. After my dinner meal I would relax with a good book or my favorite television programs. Within minutes I’d start raiding the fridge, the freezer and all the cupboards.
I might start with having one scoop of ice cream. Soon the whole carton would be gone. I’d not just eat one pack of nachos and dip, I’d eat two and double the dip on the second package. I would promise myself I’d eat only ONE hedgehog or turtle … but in no time a box of 16 would magically disappear. If there was no “snack food” around I’d eat a pound or more of cheese or a whole container of nuts. Add up the calories and carbs I’d be putting ONto my body in an hour or two each night. No wonder I reached 250+ pounds. (I stopped weighing after 250)
The only thing I would NOT do, is get in my car and go and buy snack food if I ran out. (Keep this in mind as a habit breaker you might want to try.)
The bottom line is, I didn’t need the food. I wasn’t hungry. It was just habit.
When I realized what I was doing and decided to STOP and finally did stop, I lost weight. In all honesty, it was easier than I thought, because of that one thing … I wouldn’t get into a car and go buy stuff late at night.
Here’s what I did: I started breaking the habit by NOT buying snack (aka junk) food, including colas or sugar filled drinks. I didn’t buy nuts or cheese either until I had broken the habit. Now a package of cheese or a canister of nuts is safe from my binging and actually lasts longer than a week. I would find myself becoming restless and craving junk. So while watching TV I started knitting. Breaking the snack habit while reading was harder. I couldn’t figure out what to do. One day I made myself a pot of specialty tea and sipped while reading — it worked!
Here’s what YOU can do.
Think long and hard (and be honest).
What is your weakness? What is your Achilles heel?
Isolate it. Zone in on it. Figure out what triggers it (in my case reading a novel or watching TV).
Then either replace it with a better habit or STOP – good things will start to happen. You may find yourself starting and stopping. You may have to rethink and rework your strategies. Depending on your habit, it could be gone virtually overnight, or it could take months. Don’t stop … keep on adjusting and readjusting until you have it conquered. After all, who is in CHARGE? You or some nasty unwanted habit?
If you had more than one bad habit on your list … once you eliminate the first one, start on another. Try alternating: get rid of a bad habit, install a good habit … until you are living a healthier and leaner life.
Are You Ready?
Today: Make a list of bad habits you want to eradicate. Make a list of good habits you’d like to install.
Tomorrow: Discover and zone in on that killer habit. START.
Changing one bad habit at a time will be the start of a new you!
Here are three great books that will help you discard your bad habits and create GREAT habits!