The reality is, when it comes to phasing out old habits and creating new ones, difficult decisions will need to be made. It may sound harsh, but there is no sugar-coating it! Habits are a blessing and a curse. Breaking them is not a walk in the park (more like marathon training). This doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, or that our attitude towards changing habits needs to be negative.
Every time you make a difficult decision (ex. say NO to whatever food choice that isn’t going to serve you), you build a little more ‘willpower’ muscle! If you make that decision in the moment and it feels like torture, be mindful of how you feel 5, 10, 30 minutes later. You will probably feel like doing a little dance because WOW, you did it!!!!!! Celebrate those small successes along the way.
This process is going to continue to be a part of your life. There probably won’t come a time when you have it all figured out. Life’s ups and downs are going to have a way of creating new challenges. There is an art to being gentle with yourself, but also firm when the time is right.
Plan on making a habit of exercising that ‘willpower’ muscle…. because you are powerful! I KNOW you can do it!
I have noticed that the days when I am home most of the day, not super busy, I am just always wanting to munch on things! When I am out and about, or involved with busy projects at home, the desire to munch munch munch is a little less intense!
Sometimes boredom leads you to ‘fake’ hunger, right?
What can we do about this? Well, keep busy!!! Get out of the house! Make plans with friends. Overcome that inertia that is just keeping you at home snacking for no good reason!
- Go for a walk
- Clean your house (sorry hahaha)
- Run an errand
- Organize a space (pantry, closet, garage, basement)
- Play with your furry friends
- Call a friend and go on an adventure!
- Kids? Take them to the park!
- Cross off those To-Do’s, you know you have them
Comment below and let me know if this fake-hunger-boredom thing happens to you. Also, how do you tackle it?
My son, 16 months, learned how to walk two days ago. He would take a step or two, fall, laugh, and get right back up. This went on for hours!! He was so entertained!
He just keeps trying. He will try and try and try again until he masters it! We all did that when we learned to walk. That force inside us that pursues our goals is there, waiting to be used!
I think we can watch babies and gain a lot of insight into how to handle life. My son lives in the moment at this young age, and it is truly wonderful to witness.
Can we have the same attitude now, as adults? Fall down, laugh, get up, and try again? Maybe we won’t laugh every time we fall, but we sure can get up, dust ourselves off, put a smile on our faces and keep persisting toward our goals.