I want to tell you of the value of habits.
I am visiting my daughter and son-in-law in LA. They live in a neighborhood with hilly, uneven places to walk. It’s not what I’m used to. It’s not the most fun and/or confortable place to walk.
I just couldn’t sit in the house and watch TV. My habits were too strong. I have gone out three times to walk today. I managed to find a route I could handle and have walked OVER 5 miles so far. I could see me getting in some more milage this evening.
Yesterday we drove almost 450 miles. The trip meant that a stop at a fastfood place. I ordered the grilled chicken and checked the calorie chart on the wall. Even though I was tired at the end of the day, I managed to consume fewer calories than I burned. I also go up early and walked with my dog as much as possible. I was able to do this because of habits.
I have been told and I believe that if you can do something for about 28 days it becomes a habit. The same is true with the foods you like. My tastes now prefer a nice piece of fish instead of a piece of beef.
I find that I have the most trouble sticking to my habits and tastes when I let myself get tired.
My dog helps me to handle that because she will not let me sit when she wants to walk. She also expects a portion of my food. She helps me to stay on track. She also proves my belief that we will do things for others that we won’t do for ourselves.
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