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WHY FORMING NEW HEALTHY HABITS IS SO HARD


Okkkkkk! I woke up this morning just feeling on fiyahhh. Don't ask me why we started spelling fire that way..., that's just the way it's getting spelt in my DM's these days.

And a couple weeks ago at a little singer songwriter event here in LA I kept hearing people say "your outfit is fire," "that song is fire," "this cocktail is fire." sooo now you know. lit is know fire. or fiyahhh if we're getting specific.

Clearly someone had too much coffee this morning.

Moving on.

My Bad Habits

Do you know how many times I tried to start a new workout regime, quit sugar FOR GOOD, or started a new diet only to go back to my old ways a week later? Hell even a day later.

Soooo many.

I yo-yo dieted for years as you all know. Atkins, Weight Watchers, Master Cleanse (god I hated that), South Beach, The Zone, Grapefruit.

All the while having a full blown eating disorder in the background. The amount of times I tried to break my bad habits, stop binging, stop purging, stop going to taco bell, stop sitting on my ass all the time..., it would fill the same amount of pages as a Webster’s dictionary extended edition, if that is even a thing.

I always thought this next diet would be the last one and I'd live happily ever after.

Except that it didn't really go that way.

Lets Talk About Habit Forming.

If you have been trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle and change your habits for a long time but seem to keep falling back into old patterns and ways of being/doing/acting/eating ect.

THEN THIS POST IS FOR YOU!

Like really if you are gearing yourself up for a diet that starts on Monday or a New Years Resolution of no more excuses then let this be your official get out of jail free card so you do not have to continue to be in food prison.

Forming new habits and adopting a new lifestyle can be hard but I am going to explain to you why. And once you understand why you can stop beating yourself up, feeling guilty and throwing in the towel.

And by shedding new light on the situation and how our brains work you can understand why diets don't work and why slow and steady really does win the race.

In turn you will learn how to form new habits that help you achieve your goal of losing weight, ditching diets, stop binging, overeating or whatever you are dealing with. We want living a healthy lifestyle to be effortless and second nature right?

Right.

The Conscience Mind

What is a habit?

Its "a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up."

Over time as we repeatedly do something over and over again neural pathways are formed in the brain, which is why we often subconsciously exhibit a behavior without actually realizing we are doing it. The path is already set.

Have you ever come home from work opened up the fridge door, started eating whatever was in there without even consciously thinking to yourself "I am going to walk to the fridge, open it and start eating." What happens is we don't even realize we are eating until the food is halfway gone.

Or biting our nails, tapping our feet, or reaching for food when nervous/stressed/anxious?

The repetition of this task day in and day out makes it automatic and we do not need self-analysis or our conscious mind to engage in the act because the path in the brain for this behavior is formed.

No obstruction, just a green light and wide open road. At this point it happens without us thinking about it which means it takes less energy.

And our mind naturally gravitates towards doing tasks that take less energy.