I have always heard how it takes 3 weeks to develop a habit . I guess I always assumed it was true, I mean that is what everyone always said. Then a couple days ago I saw a study saying it took more like 66 days to form a habit. Slightly over two months seems so much more intimidating than three weeks. Three times as long. No wonder I can't seem to kick this sugar addiction!
Which got me to thinking, how did I get into my fitness habit? I really am pretty dedicated. At least four days a week I do something. For over 14 years now I have been a slave to the habit. I started in college at the beginning of my sophomore year. I had been rejoicing when I went back to college about the fact that over the summer I had lost all the weight I had gained my freshman year. I don't remember how much it was 10 or 15 lbs. Enough that my skinny jeans didn't fit and I was uncomfortable in my body suddenly. I didn't like the way the extra weight felt. A couple months into my sophomore year I noticed that my clothes especially my jeans were starting to feel tight again. UGH.
I tried a couple of crazy crash diets like saltines and chicken broth for lunch, a Costco muffin for breakfast and saltines and honey for supper. Shocking that I couldn't stick with it for very long I know. I gained more weight. Ate greasy cheesy fries after midnight. By the end of my sophomore year I was once again 15 lbs heavier than I wanted to be. UGH
During the summer I joined a gym, I started reading health and fitness magazine and the weight started to come off. I couldn't believe how much better I felt. I transformed my eating habits and pretty soon my weight was back where I wanted it to be.
It wasn't easy to drag myself to the gym at first. I am a little shy and hated the openness of the gym where everyone could stare at you. I hated that everyone could see everything I was doing and I wasn't sure if I was doing it right. Then I started to look around. There were people in worse shape than me. I realized that if they could do it so could I. I went to some kickboxing classes and made some friends. I asked trainers for pointers and pretty soon I loved the gym.
It was no longer a place I had to force myself to go but somewhere I wanted to go. I was doing something healthy for me and I felt better for it. I don't belong to a gym anymore, but I do still miss it. It just isn't as feasible for my anymore since I live out of town and have kids. I have learned to adapt my workouts to home workouts and am in what I consider the best shape of my life. BodyRock.tv has helped so much. It showed me so many great things I could do at home and how I even make up my own HIIT routines when I want to try something different.
Happy Veterans Day to everyone and thanks to all the vets that have served our country. I am so grateful!