Hello everyone. In this series, we’ve gone over 24 habits of thin people in just 11 weeks! That’s a pretty fast rate. I don’t want to keep up at this speed without taking time to see weather or not we are really building habits. So, for this week we are going to break habits down into baby steps and develop triggers.
First, let’s Evaluate – “What Habits have worked for me?”
I know I’ve given you 2-3 habits each week. In reality though, to start a habit and make it stick, you only want to work on building one habit at a time.
Below I’ve listed out all the habits we’ve looked at. I want you to look through it and ask yourself these questions for each of the habits:
- Did I miss a day? Why?
- Did I have too much on my plate? Are the baby steps not small enough?
- Am I not making as much progress as I thought I would?
- Was I feeling or seeing the benefit to practicing this habit?
Here are the 24 habits of thin people we’ve covered:
Healthy Habit #25: Break Habits into Baby Steps
There’s a reason MoneySavingMom and FlyLady appeal to so many people. Using baby steps is an easy way to keep yourself motivated. Baby steps help you just get started and give you momentum to keep going. On the other hand, if you try to do it all at once, you can easily burn yourself out and give up.
I want to challenge you to focus on building habits using bite size pieces. Break every habit into small goals. For example, if you want to get into the habit of exercising regularly, start by picking a 20-min. video or routine and do that 2 or 3 times a week. Then add a 4th day. Then add time, so that you are working out for 30 minutes each day.
If you have #2: Walk more as a goal, then pick 2 or 3 days a week you want to walk and schedule it into your day. Start by just walking 30 minutes each time, then gradually build the time.
Also, if you want to set #16: No (or little) Fast Food as a goal, then chose to come up with alternative meals for fast food and limit the time you go out to 1 or 2 times/week. Then narrow it down to once a week, then once every other week.
Healthy Habit #26: Trigger Your Habit
I’m defining “trigger” as something that you already do automatically which prompts you to work on your habit building.
For example, if you are building the habit to exercise regularly, you could link exercising (the habit you’re working on) to having breakfast (the trigger) so that every time you eat breakfast, you’re automatically ready to transition into getting ready to exercise.
If you want to start #3: Eat Slowly, then link eating slowly with a trigger such as putting down your fork after you take a bite. Or choosing to talk about something between bites.
Habit #5: Reduce Fat as Flavoring just calls for a simple substitution as a trigger. To avoid using butter, cream cheese, or gravy – don’t keep it on hand. You trigger to use healthier favoring is to keep it on hand and easily accessible!
As you focus on linking your habit to another event in your day, you’re making your habit as automatic as eating dinner or taking a shower.
How about you?
- What healthy habits are you going to continue?
- How will you break the habit down into bite size pieces?
- What trigger are you going to associate with a healthy habit?
I love hearing your feedback!!
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