It is easier to add a good habit to one’s life than to discontinue a bad one.
- Mama Gena
Here are some examples:
- stop eating dessert
- give up read meat
- avoid dairy
- stop watching tv instead of exercising
- give up chocolate
Ok, already this list depresses me. If I woke up every day telling myself, “Ok, today is the day I’m going to give up chocolate,” I would not want to get out of bed. Instead, start making a list of all of the good habits you can add. If you’re goal is to get more fiber, what’s one food you can add today to get more fiber. If you’re goal is to exercise more, what’s one activity you can do today. Don’t worry about the rest of the week. Take it day by day and focus on today! I wake up every morning and say, “Today I’m going to move my butt!” And then I get out of bed and I do some stretches, maybe some sit-ups if I have the time, or some calf raises in the kitchen while I’m cooking breakfast. It takes about 10 minutes, but I feel good knowing that at least I moved somewhat today! And more often than not, it motivates me to want to move more. I find myself looking for ways to move throughout the day: I park farther away, I take the stairs, I even carve out a half hour on my way home from work to go to the gym!
The moral of the story is, don’t focus so much on the things you shouldn’t do. Instead, focus on what you CAN do! It’s much more empowering.
What’s one good habit you can add today? Share below. You might inspire someone!