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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!

Comments

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torreadora
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
I believe I'll make my goal to take a walk or ride my bike every day. :)

A lesser goal will be to remember to water all the houseplants on time.
fromourruins
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
That's a good goal and plus you have some AMAZING scenery!

I always forget to water my houseplants also. I think it's cause they're so darn quiet.
dessilyn
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Could we not decide on what layout we like more hun? LOL

It's changed twice in the past two minutes. =D
fromourruins
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Haha...I'm working on it! :)
whitneyrhiannon
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Leigh! What a great idea!
fromourruins
Nov. 14th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Now, what's your bb?
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