Defeating the Cynics
|January 8, 2009||Posted by erin under Uncategorized|
I admit, it’s likely that I have never stuck with a New Year’s resolution, but then again, I can’t really remember ever committing to one either. I laugh when I hear a list of resolutions and curse the additional people resolutions bring to the gym. But today I came across an article about New Year’s resolutions, and at the bottom there was a snide comment degrading resolutions. I got defensive. While it’s true most people don’t stick to their resolutions that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort. The day is symbolic of a new start, a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over. Sometimes that’s just what you need to be motivated.
Resolutions usually reflect people’s bad habits. They require a New Year’s resolution because a habit is extremely difficult to break, which means it’s really important to develop good habits – a message that our program “Fresh from Florida Kids” is built upon.
I came across an article, “How to Break Bad Habits and Build Good Habits,” and I cheered for its recommendations. At this time of year everyone seems to have advice to offer, especially when it comes to losing weight, but these tips are about helping you keep your resolutions so this year you can prove the cynics wrong!
Breaking Bad Habits
1. Look for “the moment it all goes wrong”
With many bad habits, there’s a specific point where your good intentions become derailed by events. Sometimes, you need to work back from this point to figure out where it went wrong – because this is what you need to tackle first.
2. Focus on what you’ll gain, not what you’ll lose
If you’re contemplating giving up cigarettes, limiting alcohol to weekends only, becoming vegetarian, cutting out junk food … don’t think about what you’ll be missing. Instead, focus on the health gains or increased energy that you’ll enjoy.
3. Replace the bad habit with a good one
Getting rid of bad habits often involves cutting something out of your life – maybe an unhealthy snack, hours of TV-watching, or cigarettes or alcohol. To stay strong and keep the bad habit from creeping back.
Creating Good Habits
1. Make it part of your routine
The best trick when building up a good habit is to make it easier to stick to the habit than to avoid it. This means working your new habit into your daily life, so that it becomes as much a part of your routine as brushing your teeth or having a shower.
2. Set a time limit
If sticking to your new good habit for the whole of 2009 seems daunting or impossible, set a time limit. This could be anything from a few days to a few months. The crucial thing is that once you’ve picked the time period, you need to stick to your habit throughout.
3. The chain method
When you’re trying to establish a daily habit, try marking off each day you achieve it on a calendar. The idea is to build up an unbroken “chain” of successful days. The longer the chain gets, the more will-power you’ll have to maintain your good habit.
The entire article can be found on Diet-Blog.