Operation Skinny Jeans: Gettin BACK in the Habit

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gettin BACK in the Habit

Nope, this is not my post about CrossFit. I reached out to the center (box? is that what it's called) for some pictures they took to be included and I haven't heard back. SO we wait.

SO today I wanted to talk about getting BACK in the habit. I have heard it said that it takes 21 days to make a habit. I would say that is probably true. The key to making something routine is all about persistence and repetition. If you really want to be able to wake up at 5 am to work out, you have to do it, every day, until your body gets used to it. Same with running, or eating better, or drinking only water, etc. We have to train our minds to behave differently and that takes time and commitment.

I have also learned that falling out of a habit takes only like 3 days. It is SO much easier to stop doing something than to start. And once you fall out, it's like you have to start all over again. I worked out really consistently until we went on vacation at the beginning of July. I even worked out a few times ON vacation, then BAM. 3 days went by, and I have only worked out maybe 10 times since. Call it lost motivation or whatever, but I really believe it's because I broke that habit.

So now I am working on getting BACK. I am working on making working out a habit, as well as eating healthy and drinking my body weight in water (exaggeration).

Anyone have experience with this? My plan is to make a plan and stick with it. I think that is really the only way to be successful. Wanna do it with me? Lets do it!

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  1. This is so true! I can be practising good habits for ages, then stop for a couple of days and BAM, motivation gone. I've actually worked on the 21-days basis myself, and I like to use post-its - I basically stick 21 post it notes to my wall, number them, and then take one down for each day I work to my plan. Works kind of like a calendar, and there's something motivating in it - especially if you tell yourself you can have a treat at the end of the 21-day countdown...I went and got a manicure ;)

    1. A Mani is a great idea! AND I love the idea of the post it notes. I am totally going to try that! Thanks!

    2. I love the post it and reward idea!

  2. Awwww that's the worst thing about breaking a habit is getting back on track again - I am going back to basics this week with my food this week it's hard to start again but I am determined to do it.

    Good luck with getting the good habits back.

  3. The topic this week at weight watchers was habits. They said it takes 18 days to 254 days to become a habit.

    However I know you can do it!! You just have to remember your plan. Go to bed at the same time, wake up the same time, etc. :) I have been waking up the same time every MWF for a month and I'm still struggle but I do it!! :)

  4. I have the same trouble due to my work schedule. I work on the days my husband has off so we don't have to use daycare. It works out really well, but last week I worked Sat, Sun, and Mon, then missed Tues (yesterday) because my son was sick and I can't take him to the YMCA Child Watch if he is sick. Anyway, since I don't workout when I work (because of the hours of the YMCA child watch and if I workout before work I find that I am more tired), now I have to get back in the habit. So, I get back in the habit for usually a week or so, then have to work a few days, and then get out of habit again. So I do "get back in the habit" on a weekly basis which is not fun.

  5. I completely agree, it is so easy to break a habit. I did so well for 4 months working out twice a day, losing 25 lbs. Then, BAM! I lost motivation and have gained back 10 lbs. Super frustrating!!!

  6. Me to :) I started back on Monday and yesterday I ran across my pictures when I thought I had hit a plateau... and what an idiot I was... oh well 2 steps forward one step back.. diff is this time I am getting a running start :)

  7. This is so, so true! I have experienced it toooo many times!! I have found that thinking of it as a non-optional thing, like brushing your teeth, makes it easier to do every day. buttt...that's easier said than done. If i workout at the same time every day it fits into my routine (i go to work/school, come home and cook dinner/lunch for tomorrow, go to the gym at exactly 7 pm, shower and study...) so that it just becomes the norm. after sort of forcing yourself into a schedule like that for a few weeks, it'll become natural!! :)

    hopefully you'll keep us posted on what works for you! if you're feeling unmotivated, just think really hard about how you feel when you skip your workout! good luck!


  8. story of my weightloss journey. begin, fall off the wagon, start back up again! When I am just getting back on track I usually like to try something new. Whether it be a new meal plan, a different kind of exercise or workout video, something other than what I have done in the past. It gives me something to look forward to!


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