It always amazes me how easy it is to make bad habits a part of your life, but how difficult it is sometimes to make healthy choices a habit.
I used to run at least once every weekend. I used to do strength training of some sort every time I went to the gym. I used to brush my teeth every night when I got Shoo ready for bed, which meant I stopped eating around 7:30pm most nights. I used to eat every couple of hours because that keeps me from getting so hungry that I make poor food choices.
This weekend I realized just how far I’ve slipped over the last few months. I got out of the *habit* of weekend exercise when I couldn’t run. As our weekends have gotten busier, I’ve gotten out of the *habit* of eating small, frequent meals, instead of handfuls of this and that. As I ate a Kit Kat at 11pm, it occurred to me I’m out of the habit of eating a small sweet at Shoo’s bedtime and then brushing my teeth. I won’t even tell you how little water I actually drank this weekend.
As we roll into holiday season, it’s time for me to start rebuilding my healthy habits. If I don’t have that foundation of healthy choices, I’m going to come out of this season even heavier than I am now.
So, my baby steps back towards health for this week are: 1) stop eating when I put Shoo to bed and 2) get a run in next weekend. Next week I’ll try to add more to this.
What healthy habits have you let slide lately?