They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I don’t know if that is true for everybody, but surely it takes some time.
You have to remember that you are sitting in the driver’s seat of your life. You are pulling the breaks or accelerating.
Sometimes, that’s what I need to remember.
So as we go through life, what do we need to do to change habits?
My biggest challenge is changing habits about what I eat. But how do I do that?
I have come to think of this exercise as an exercise of evaluating my priorities in life. My priority is to live a healthy life and feed my body food that is good for my mental and my physical health. In order to do that, I had to ask myself the fundamental question:
What does food mean to me?
it keeps me energetic enough to live my daily life.
it keeps me strong enough to keep running longer distance races.
it keeps me healthy.
it gives me pleasure. I enjoy eating tasteful food.
it makes me social. Sharing stories with family and friends over dinner.
it makes me happy. That I can do all of the above.
Given all this, shouldn’t I be picky about how I feed my body and soul? And yes, the answer is YES! I should be picky! So, on days where I feel weak and want to revert back to my old habits, I ask myself this question again: What does food mean to me? And I remember the above answers… and I am back on track with my new healthful habits.
No one said, changing habits is easy, but isn’t a healthy life worth it?
If you are struggling with changing habits, think about WHY you are doing it and remind yourself of the WHY over and over again!
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.