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So, my thirty days is up, and I had my first Coke in that thirty days tonight. I have been craving one like a bitch this whole time, like, it's always on my mind. But, it wasn't as good as I would have hoped. I mean it was good (it's Coke, for crying out loud), but it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. So, after today, it should be a cinch not drinking it I think. I'll have one now and again, but I won't be guzzling it like I used to.

Update...

Just to keep you posted on my progress.




I've gotten the ticker above to track my goal of going to the gym for 30 days to form a new habit. So far, I've done 8 of the 30 days and to be honest, I'm already starting to really like going. It fits into my schedule and it shouldn't be too hard to form into a habit if I stick with it for the first few weeks.

I'm also trying to set mini-goals for myself throughout the week like cleaning out my closet and doing teeth-whitening strips because accomplishing small things along the way gives me confidence in my ability to change.

Those of you who have made posts about forming a habit, what's your experience been like? Has it been easy or hard to stick with? Have you experienced any setbacks?

Well, only twenty-two days to go...

Newbie post...hehe

I will not let people get to me.



...And I will try to write everyday.  Even if it's crap and I later delete it...I will write everyday.




And hi, everyone!  I'm Christina or Chrissy if you prefer that!

Buried under mounds of rainbowed cotton...

I WILL do a load of laundry a day.
I WILL do a load of laundry a day.
I WILL do a load of laundry a day.
I WILL do a load of laundry a day.
I WILL do a load of laundry a day.


I am so glad you ran with this idea! I'll start with something simple, then build up to the bigger stuff...

Oh... btw... my daughter had her LAST chemo treatment today! It's been just over 2 years. WOO HOO!!!

Building a habit...

I am going to write...  I really am. 

I used to write EVERY day and now, I'm lucky if I write once a month.  So, I will be writing.

My goal is pretty trivial, but it's important to my health. My goal is to stop drinking any sort of pop. I'm pretty much addicted to Coke (obviously the drink, ha), and I drink several cans a day.

There are several reasons I want to stop including: my teeth are becoming really yellow, I'm always sluggish (because I drink Coke in place of things like water and sometimes I drink a can because I'm hungry), and I think I have diabetes (which I need to go to the doctor to check).

Suffice it to say I can't work Coke into my eating habits in a "healthy" way. Therefore, I want to ban it and all its evil friends from my diet.

My goal.

Mine is simple and a little different. I want to work for an hour a day on my thesis.

That should be pretty easy, right?

30 Days to Better Curves...

So...I joined a gym and I'm notorious for being one of those people that uses any excuse I can to get out of exercise. Feeling sick, being tired from work, just wanting to relax...they're all ways I undermine my efforts. What's worse is once I miss one day, it's all too easy to find an excuse to not go the next day. And once I get out of the habit, I'm pretty sure to drop it.

The thing is, I just got roped into a year membership at the gym and if I'm going to be paying sixty dollars a month, I'm damn well going to try to make the most of it.

The gym is closed on Sunday, but I want to try to go Monday-Friday or Monday-Saturday for thirty days.

Yesterday was day one. So one day down, twenty-nine to go!

OOOOOOOOOOOOO NEW COMMIE GOODNESS!

Hello all =D Leigh, first off, this is an awesome idea kthnx.

And siiiiiiiiince I'm up at the asscrack of dawn here, I figure I'd make a post about my own apple, yo.

I work at a pizza shop, and while the vigorous activity of working in said shop is definitely good for my muscles and such, eating the food is not. And since I not only want, but need for the sake of the three year old sleeping in my bed at the moment, to get in shape, I figure I'll start cutting down on my intake of the greasy goodness that comes from Fox's.

SO.

Starting today, my goal is to not eat pizza/fast food/etc save for once a month, a treat if you will.






What blows is that we're supposed to go to Nicole's dad's shop today to have lunch. So I guess today will be my once. lol

Welcome to N-Apple-A-Day!

Have you ever heard the phrase, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away?" Most likely you have. But have you ever tried to EAT an apple a day? How about for thirty days?

The key to making a lasting change is repetition. Rome wasn't built in a day and eating a whole bushel of apples in one day isn't advisable either. Change can seem overwhelming because we're used to our own comfortable routines and sometimes breaking them seems near impossible. But if we never break out of these routines, we may never accomplish the things we want to in our lives.

If you've ended up here at all, it's a step in the right direction. You've made up your mind to make a change and being cognizant of your faults is the first step! Now, it's time to set things in motion. Research says it only takes thirty days to form a new habit. With New Years right around the corner, maybe it's time to get a head-start on the resolutions we'll make (and actually keep them this time).

If the first step is realizing you want to change, then the second step is taking action. Pick something that's meaningful to you. It may be something you've been thinking about for a long time, but you've always put on the back-burner. You want to quit smoking or get in better shape, you're stuck in a creative rut, you want to go back to school...

Whatever it is, make your goals clear and doable. If you set too rigid of a restriction, you'll never stick with it. The point isn't to scale the whole tree in one day; it's to take it an apple at a time.

A few tips on making the habit stick:

* Write your new habit down on a piece of paper. Or else, use a visual aid. For example, if you want to have a better body, cut out a picture of a woman in a health magazine or put up a picture of you at a more ideal weight. Once you've done that, come up with specific ways you can reach that goal each day. Going to the gym for half an hour every day is enough. You don't have to rearrange your entire diet. You can always add on other habits at the end of the thirty days. If your goal is to write more or practice the guitar more, try setting aside a specific block of time a day that you know you'll have free and using that time only for that purpose.

* Make two or three more copies of your missive - the piece of paper or picture you started with. Then, place them in strategic places where you are bound to see them several times a day. Some places to consider - the bathroom mirror so you'll see it first thing in the morning, the kitchen so you'll see it at meals, your desk at work, and maybe your bedroom so you see the note once more before going to sleep.

* Get a calendar or draw one on a dry erase board. Check off the days you actually completed the action. Looking at this tangible product will further motivate you as you see that you’re actually achieving what you decided to do and making progress towards your goal.

So...

Post whatever it is you want to accomplish. A better relationship with your kids, a healthier lifestyle, a better relationship...whatever it is. At the end of the thirty days, make another post, letting us know the things that worked for you and the things that didn't and whether you were able to stick with it or not...I'd suggest forming one new habit at a time, but you can make as many posts as you like.

Feel free to post pictures tracking your progress. "N Apple a Day" may or may not keep the doctor away, but at the end of the thirty days, it will certainly have your conscience feeling a lot better!