Day 26

15 Jul

Today marks Day 26 of my 42-day challenge. All of this talk about delicious food, travel and making sure I rest enough had me almost forget that I am in the middle of a challenge. It wasn’t until yesterday, that I reminded myself that I am in the process of forming new eating and exercise habits.

And holy cow, forming new habits is not an easy task. Have you ever kicked a habit before? Or been around someone who has? I’m not a smoker but growing up my dad was. While in high school, he finally quit (after three attempts). Although I am very happy that he did at times he was not fun to be around. He would get cranky and irritable, sometimes snap off for no reason, not to mention that he tried quitting twice before he was successful.

I get that forming new eating habits and quitting smoking are not the same exact thing, but there are some similarities worth noting. (Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, just an observer of life and this is one of my observations)

01 You are taking an unconscious action and turning it into a consious action so that it can once again become an unconscious action (phew! did you catch all that?!)
02 You are changing the pattern of your behavior and that takes effort and brain power
03 You can be crabby, sensitive and highly reactive in certain situations where you normally wouldn’t be
04 The people you hang out with and the places you go may have to change
05 It’s very easy to go back to old habits (because they’re unconcious patterns)

Changing habitual patterns of eating is no small, brainless task. It’s a good idea to honor it as such. If you don’t it could become another case of burnout or you could very easily talk yourself out of your goal.

Yesterday, I literally experiened myself as shedding my skin. I noticed how uncomfortable I was and how I just wanted to eat cookies and get a latte at Starbuck’s (As part of my challenge I am limiting my caffiene intake so as to not be dependent on it). I felt very unhappy, deprived, crawling out of my skin up until the moment I realized that those are just emotions and nothing more than chemical reactions in my body due to the stress of habit changing. I found a good friend to talk to, I let myself get sad and cry and at the end of the day I was able to say a welcome to my new habits and be proud of myself!

I have worked out everyday that I said I was going to or let my trainer know when I changed something up. With two exceptions I have eaten everything I said I was going to eat. And I have started this blog. That’s something to be proud of.

Ground Rules Status Check :: Day 26
• Schedule my workouts in my calendar and do them as intended — done
• Log my food & liquid intake — stopped logging, last 3 days, will catch up tonight
• Log workouts — done
• Post on this blog — skipped days here and there, looking into setting up some new systems for doing it everyday

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