One step forward and two steps back.
OK, maybe it’s not that bad …
That being said, May hasn’t been that breakthrough month that I had hoped it would be. And the worst part about it? I have a blood test coming up in a couple of weeks and I really am not looking forward to the results.
I started out pretty well, but the weather has been kind of blah and I haven’t pushed myself enough. However, I will note softball has started and I’ve done things to get myself moving more. And though I think my eating habits have gotten better, I still have lapses. And I also think the portion control thing isn’t always going well.
If I sit down and eat some cashews, I probably have too many. It’s one thing to realize they are healthier snacks, but it’s another to take a healthier snack and eat too much of it.
This is the sad part of all of this — I know I have to push myself to be more active. I know I have to eat better. I know I have to have portion control.
And yet, I’ve had a hard time with it.
On a previous post about this, somebody left a comment about how long it takes for something to really modify existing habits. Denise said research shows it takes 66 days of consistent behavior to do this.
That a bit more than two months. Why wouldn’t I, in the warmer months, be able to do something consistently for 66 days?
Maybe it’s a 30-minute walk after dinner. Maybe it’s a bike ride. Maybe it’s something else. But consistent exercise of some sort for 66 days.
It’s has to help, right?
The key is now doing something about this whole thought process. I took the time to create a PDF with 66 boxes. I want to make sure I have something I can use for this.
That’s the first step. What’s next?
Well, the next step is to actually start crossing off these boxes and such. I think Denise is right — if one does something like this for 66 days, that would put you into a serious routine. That means you try to find the time to do this and have succeeded. There will be times it might be hard, such as when I am traveling. But, I’m going to have to find a way to do it. If there is a day or two during this stretch where I don’t do something, I am going to mark it with a blue X to show where I slacked off. Life has a way of throwing curves, so I want to have a way to show when I didn’t do anything.
Over these 66 days, I also plan on keeping a log of how it went. I’ll write down the exercise and the distance etc., so that I can look back and see what I did and what worked.
As I’ve mentioned before, I know this is a long trip that I’m on and I need to keep things going in a positive manner. This will be a good start.
I’ve also made a photo of the checklist I am going to use for the 66 days.
Here’s hoping my monthly report in a few months will report this as a success!