Are you thinking of creating a new habit?
Do you start then quit?
Do you find no matter how much enthusiasm you start with eventually it fizzles away along with any progress?
Same here, but something switched for me earlier this year.
I’m currently working on the habit of daily exercise.
It started as a way to support my son’s efforts to exercise and turned into a way to rebuild discipline in my life.
But, it’s a daily battle with most of the work done in my mind, not on the Elliptical.
Does overthinking burn calories?
If only, right?
As much as I argue with myself to find a valid excuse for why today I shouldn’t exercise – I’m far more exhausted than if I had just immediately got on the Elliptical.
My progress this year is beyond what I’ve ever obtained and that’s considering my wildly obsessive days at the 24-hour gym.
I’m more satisfied with the results too as well as less stressed.
I’ve used a number of tools to help keep me motivated to stick with this habit
- the 5-minute rule
- my son
- publicly posting after workout photos to my FB friends
- keeping a daily exercise log (plus MyFitnessPal log)
Yet, despite all of these motivational factors, I often miss my goal of exercising daily.
My latest non-exercise streak is going on 10-days. (November 2017)
The only excuse is laziness and stubbornness.
Each day my mind alerts me (a number of times a day) that I’ve not exercised. It pesters me, guilts me, assaults me, yet still, I manage not to get on the Elliptical.
I had to write this to get my booty out to the garage in the cold rainy dark morning.
I could totally lie to you and say I exercised without really doing it but who benefits from that?
I’m tired of lying to myself, how about you?
The next time you try to talk yourself out of a new habit just remember DRR.
Building Habits for People Who Quit – Decide
Choose a habit and make a commitment.
I chose exercise because my son already had me on a daily schedule. The 5-second rule helped in getting me to actually DO the exercise.
Creating New Habits for People Who Quit – Remind
Set up a daily reminder and commit to doing your new habit no matter what.
I use my alarm clock, myfitnesspal as well as the Google Calendar Habits app.
How to Form New Habits – Routine
Work your new habit into your routine. What do you do every day? (go to the bathroom) Add this new habit either before or after this.
I like to add it in the morning after I wake up. If I put my shoes on, I’m halfway there. All that’s left is to wait until the garage is available to hop on the Elliptical.
Decide to create the new habit, practice the routine until it’s second nature and you’ll be well on your way to forming a new habit without quitting.
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