At what point does a habit become a new reality? A new way of living?
I am still working through Gretchen Rubin's Better than Before that does an in-depth analysis of this internal question.
I have been Low carb living, living "in the pink" and maintaining a -70lb weight loss for 25 months now.
After YEARS of fighting and trying everything under the sun, obsessing, counting calories, or points or % of calories from Fat / Protein or Carbohydrate, number of glasses of water, running, lifting, stretching....I still was not dropping weight or sizes.
None of which I have to do now.
I eat. A LOT of food. Real food, and I REALLY enjoy it. : )
I eat a protein shake at rising and then get my VENTI Starbucks with heavy cream and splenda. (everyday). Sometimes even with an additional tall for the road cause it is going to be one of those days.
I eat a lunch tray plate FULL of lettuce, broccoli, red onion, 2-3 hardboiled eggs, sunflower seeds, real bacon crumbles and ranch dressing. I get a scoop full of whatever additional veggie school is serving, and usually a muenster cheese and salami roll up, with a big cup of water.
For dinner, I have been prepping Chicken Parts or "Cheap Chicken" under the Recipe Tab or basically any Protein source you like, and a 1-2 cup serving of mixed veggies, broccoli, or a green leafy veggie of choice. For the kids, I have pasta, potatoes, or brown rice made up and easily
re heated for quick serve portions.
I drink my Diet Snapple half and half, water or coffee.
It is mindless. A GOOD habit established.
I even ate some of the Halloween chocolate, Snickers and peanut M & M's without much fall back.
It is just the way I am eating now, without much contemplation or restriction or choice in the matter, and it is still working. (YEAH!)
I am still after the "last 10 lbs" to see if I can do it, and to reach an all time adult low number on the scale. I bought 2 new pairs of size 6 (!) pants that slide on, and even fit into, zipped up and buttoned the 4 ( holy *#%^), but thought they were a bit tight and that was taking it a little too far for the number.
I am kicking in the exercise this fall now that we are settled into the single sport for the kids in the evenings, and doing some cardio ( jogging, elliptical or spin bike) and super slow / heavy lifting. Aiming for 2-3 days a week.
They say a it takes 21 days to create a new habit.
What new POSITIVE habit are you ready to work towards?
Join the Journey !