Day Three Hundred Fifty-Eight…

The end of August means getting back into routines. Packing my lunch and breakfast. – check! Pre-tracking my food for tomorrow – check!  Laying out my workout and work clothes  – check! Scheduling my morning (5:15 am) spin class – check! It means early bedtimes, and planning ahead. Even though this summer has been hard, I will miss it.

I am so grateful that I’ve been able to put so many good habits into place. The habits are the muscle that keeps the lifestyle going.  Having a better understanding of how habits work is helping me. Now I don’t feel defective when I sense the tug of old habits. Old habits never die, but they can get crowded out by new ones.  I picture that in my mind and it helps. The secret sauce for habits – beliefs. You have to believe that what you are doing will work – then it works! Strange that it’s that simple,  but it’s true.

Back in December,  I had this epiphany about beliefs and that’s when I really turned the corner. I remember it because it was very profound, it was like a lightbulb went off in my mind. I began to really believe I could do this and then I never looked back.

If you want to lose weight, begin by:

  1. understanding why you want to lose weight – is your “why” compelling?
  2. changing one habit, for example, tracking your food intake.
  3. finding an activity that is enjoyable – you’ll be happier.
  4. setting small goals, and find some time to reflect.
  5. getting a community of like-minded others to help you along the way (I’m in!).


DAY 27: Tune out. Shut your phone off give yourself a social media vacation. Don’t answer emails or texts right away.

To be honest, this not one that would be helping me to care for me right now. However, I do understand the intention.

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