Today I want to talk about habits, and I don’t mean the outfits that nuns wear.
Instead, I mean actions, good and bad.
I have plenty of bad habits:
- I LOVE candy and pizza–and apparently they both love me too for both stick to me like glue.
- I honk my horn at drivers who take my turn at the 4-way stop or cut in front of me–my husband claims this just might lead to my death with people having road rage, I might honk at the wrong person and they might pull out a gun and shoot me.
- I yell at people in my head–see the above comment.
- I’m sarcastic all the time. Even when it’s not a good idea.
- I lie to my children about some of the above on a regular basis: “No, Mommy didn’t mumble that that guy is a jackass; I said jackanapes.”
I have plenty of habits that don’t hurt anyone:
- I enjoy roller coasters and when we go to the amusement park, it’s all I want to do. Shop? No. Ride spinning ride? Nah, not for me. Let’s go ride a coaster!
- When I open a new book, I’ll use the search feature to see just how soon the hero and heroine are going to be romantic.
- I “buy” books I know I won’t read just because they’re free…
- I always paint my fingernails and toenails different colors.
- When Bob and I are going down a little hill on our tandem bicycle, I’ll put my arms out and pretend I’m flying (complete with belting the song, “I believe I can fly”), however, when the hill is really steep, I cling for dear life to the back of his seat and beg him to put on the brakes. I’m sorry but 55 mph is for cars (and roller coasters), not bicycles.
I also have some really good habits, but what they are, I can’t think about right now.
I was told that if you do the same thing every day for 21 days, it’ll become a habit. So, we’re 21 days into the new year, and I thought I’d share with you all some of the new “habits” I wanted to do this year and tattle on myself whether I’ve kept them or not.
- Write an average of 2,000 words a day–had I kept up with that, I’d be at 42,000 words in this next book and not at 7,000 words.
- Style my hair each day. I know it sounds funny, but when you spend all day at home, holed up in an office, your “style” becomes a ponytail. I wanted to at least try to do something different. So far, the only times I’ve done something with my hair is when I’m going to church.
- Eat better. I’ve made some modifications, and I’ve gotten better, but it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. The first three days of the new year, I was all on board for eating right, then I started backsliding and lost about a week before getting back on track with cooking healthy.
- Working hours. I vowed this year, I’d only work from 8-3 M-F, then from 8-10pm M-Th; leaving my weekends completely free and having afternoons to spend with my kids. What can I say, old habits die hard and sometimes it’ll be 6 on a Sunday morning and I’ll be rolling out of bed and walking up to my office. I’m really working on this one, but I have to admit it’s a very hard one to break sometimes.
- Only eating out once per week. I know, I know, eating out is so expensive and unhealthy, but for as bad for you physically and financially as it was, there have been times in the past two years where we’ve gone out to eat just about every day of the week because I didn’t feel like cooking.
- Exercise each day–this has been brutally hard. Bob and I have started two exercise regimens. The first is to do the 30 day planking challenge. This is where you come up on your elbows and toes and hold your body flat across for a certain amount of time. It starts out with 20 seconds, then goes to 30 and gradually builds up to 5 minutes. Right now, we are in the middle of it (well, more like the last 3rd) and are at 2 minutes. We do this at night and in the morning, we get up and do an exercise DVD. We started with Jillian Michael’s Shed and Shred, but have moved onto T-25. I must say that this T-25 is the most exhausting exercises I’ve ever done. But I’ve kept it up.
- One new recipe per week. Yeah, we’re only three weeks in, but I must say that I’ve been very proud of myself with this. I used to make this vow every now and then and then go peruse recipes and end up deciding nothing looked good and I’d stick with the 10 meals I already know. So far, I’ve tried: lentil loaf, quiche (not very healthy, but hey), quinoa patties and stuffed bell peppers. I’ve also tried my hand at some healthy baked goods.
So, three weeks into the new year, what new habits did you vow to start that you’ve kept? What has been your struggles and successes?