Trying to incorporate new healthy habits has been a slow process. For me, making sustained changes requires baby steps that I can do one day at a time. I’m smart enough to know that I’m not going to swap a pizza for a cooking habit overnight. On that one, I started by committing to cook 2 days per week (up from zero). And if I’d started saying, “I have to get 200 minutes/week activity,” it would be so daunting, I would quit before I started. I started by working out with a trainer 2 days per week, and a couple of weeks ago I actually got 400 minutes of activity! As a frame of reference, it wasn’t that long ago that I got zero minutes per week (sad, I know).
There are definitely clues that my habits and lifestyle choices have shifted over the last year.
- Dishwasher has more plates than coffee cups
- Hamper is overflowing with workout clothes
- Work files are packed in backpack (code for I walk to work)
- Computer is off, music on
- Water bottle is sitting conspicuously on my coffee table or desk
- Sink has plenty of dirty pyrex bowls and lids (code for I take home cooked food to work)
- I frequently trip over tennis shoes in the living room
- 3 gallon water jug is empty
- Laptop is off
- No rotten veggies in the fridge (code for I ate them)
As a result of these little changes, I’m different. My body is stronger. My waist is slimmer. My taste buds are changing. My mind is clearer. I am happier.
I’m still working on #4, #5, #8, & #9 – but all and all, it’s been a good year and I am very proud.
Any surprising clues to your healthy lifestyle path?