The end of June we found out our son and future daughter-in-love were moving their wedding up to December 2017 instead of summer 2018. This change in date spurred me into action on the weight loss I’ve been talking about for over a year.
I looked at calendar. Six month timeframe.
Can I get to a healthy weight in six months? The bigger question: Can I stick to a diet and exercise regimen for six months?
I know the answer to this.
No. I cannot.
Six months is too long. Too overwhelming to think about the amount of work I’ll have to put in in that amount of time to reach my goal.
I can’t think in a chunk of half a year.
How long does it take to form a habit?
21 days is what I’ve always been told.
21 days to form a new habit. I can do anything for 21 days. (This same mindset is exactly how I got through my Bachelors and Masters degrees.)
I decided to start a 90 day challenge and only focus on the first 30 days, though. If the pattern didn’t work for me, I’d quit or try something else.
It turns out that 21 day habit thing isn’t quite true. I’ve shared a link for you to check out and see if you agree. 21 Day New Habit Myth
The first week was EASY. A breeze, actually. Looks like I COULD do this.
Then came the pattern. Boredom.
Same things to eat, same cardio to do, same saying no to things I ???.
Enter frustration and a tad anger.
Then someone shares about a brand of “healthy” ice cream ?. Say what?!?!
And I rush to our local Walmart to scour the coolers.
Yes, on the bottom shelf, pushed way in the back is a tub marked HALO. ?
And it was glowing. Like the heavenly product it was.
And just like that, my pattern was disrupted and I finished the first 30 days STRONG.
Here’s the 30 day comparison:
My calendar, my routines, my life patterns must be disrupted. Despite my type A OCD behaviors that cling by bloody fingernails to the patterns, I must finger by finger let them go.
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