We all have our little bad habits – not eating breakfast, putting extra mayo on our sandwiches, having a soda with dinner, skipping the gym for happy hour with friends – the list goes on.
I’m focusing on these things a lot these days because my professional approach to training and coaching is based on lifestyle changes and setting yourself up for success over the long-haul. To do that, everything I’m learning says it’s about slowly altering habits.
(I’m tempted to say “little habits,” but let’s be real – most of the time, the seemingly “little” habits are still really difficult to change.)
The main message I’m getting: Focus on one thing at a time.
Let’s be honest. If it’s too complicated, too difficult, or there are too many changes going on at once, it’s probably not going to happen.
And, to be even more honest, I still have a ways to go to change some of my own habits and be healthier. So, once a week or every other week – depending on the behavior I’m working on – one of my blog posts will be about the change I’m working on in my life. This is to help keep me accountable for my own actions, and practice what I preach.
This Week’s Habit to Change: Ditch the Bubbles
I’m not a huge soda drinker anymore, but I do still drink diet soda on occasion. I think I could accomplish this goal fairly easily, so it’s a good place to start. I’ll replace it with water. (I’m one of those weird people who LOVES plain ol’ ice water. Lucky me, right?)
I’m going to work on changing this habit for the next week. Everything else will pretty much stay the same. If by this time next week I’m doing really well and it’s not a big deal, I’ll add a new habit change. If I’m struggling with it a little bit, I’ll give it another week, and then re-evaluate where I’m at.
The point is, I’ll only move on to the next change once I feel like I’ve successfully ditched the bubbles and can sustain it without it tapping too heavily into my willpower.
What Habit Will You Change?
Now that you know my goal, what habit will you start working on? I’d love to hear your thoughts – feel free to add them in the comments section. And remember: one thing at a time, one day at a time!