Whether or not we recognize it, we build habits. We get into routines & methods for how we do things. Wake up, brush teeth, run a mile, eat oatmeal for breakfast, is an example of a morning pattern that becomes routine, a habit. Habits make life easier. We give less though to what we do when it’s ingrained in us from habitual repition. For instance, in the previous example, if I have oatmeal every day for breakfast then I don’t need to give much thought what to make for breakfast. Habits save our minds some time.
Sometimes life throws us a curve ball & our routines are broken.
Example: I used to eat an apple & Luna bar every day after school. Religiously. Ask my mom, as she is the most direct witness. At the time I was a vegetarian, so I was already limited in what to eat in the snack department. Then, after a series of feeling awful, doctor visits, tests & trials, I learned that wheat, dairy, soy, & corn were making me feel awful. Whoa! That was the majority of what I was eating…and my habit of eating a Luna bar & apple every day after school was instantly broken. It needed to be in order for me to feel better. Habit broken. Found new snacks & foods that were best for my body. New habit reformed.
More recent example: About a month ago I had an emergency surgery, requiring me to avoid strenuous physical activity & lifting anything more than 10 pounds for 4-6 weeks. At this point I was 6 months into crossfit, working out 6 days a week, the strongest I have ever been, & eager to beat my alarm up for an AM crossfit session. From 6 days a week of intense workouts to nothing. Ouch! That was more painful than the surgery. No longer would I be getting up before dawn to go to the gym. Habit broken. Replaced that time with other morning activities, like writing, reading, or sleeping. New habit reformed.
Since I am 4 weeks into my recovery period, I’m starting to ease into picking up my physical activity. I want to reform my habit of getting up before dawn each morning to go to the gym for an intense workout. It won’t be easy. It took me 6 months to get where I was. What I do know is that it will be challenging. It will be a journey. It will build character & test my discipline & drive. I’m looking forward to this!
Stay tuned for more to come from my habit reformation process…
mel, the Venture Gal