It’s been about three weeks since I made my first “blog pledge” and I realize that the reason I didn’t make my goal that first week was that I simply didn’t give myself enough time. One week to successfully implement and integrate a new habit was setting the bar much too high. That first week I went about every other day meeting my goal of drinking 64 oz of water a day. Now, at the end of three weeks, I’m on much stronger footing; I missed my goal only one day last week.
I was looking over the slide show on effective behavior change again, and I realized that “#2: Attempting big leaps instead of baby steps” is more than just about the size of the goal. It’s also a factor in how much time you give yourself to achieve the goal. Completely altering a habit in one week (or one day) is just impossible.
So, with that in mind I’m adjusting my “pledge” from weekly to however long it takes to make it stick. We’ll still do updates periodically to keep me and you (if you’re riding this crazy train with me) on track.
Now, blazing forward… the water drinking habit is getting stronger and we’re ready to add on. I promised you a Super Pledge and here it is. The next healthy habit I’m taking on is not eating between meals. I know it doesn’t sound like much. But trust me, it’s huge.
My husband has
accused me of astutely pointed out to me that I tend to lack a certain self-discipline. I have some serious will power when needed, but over the long haul, it’s hard for me to stick with anything that smacks of deprivation. So, the best way to make sure that I get to continue to eat yummy meals without too much fear of gaining weight or being deprived is to stop the between meal munching.
I’m not expecting this new, healthier habit to become entrenched within a week. I’m going for harm reduction here rather than perfection. So, I’ll keep you updated, and you’ll keep me honest.