My Working List of Habits

This is my working document of less-than-desirable habits I’m changing – in the form of healthy new habits that I’m developing – as part of my journey to drop 40 by 50.

1. Drink more water all day long.

2. When the calorie-rich snacks come out at the office, I will head for the Keurig and make myself a cup of iced green tea instead. It’s something I enjoy and it will give me something to do with my hands.

3. I will weigh in once a week and use the way my clothes fit as the guide for my progress in between weigh-ins.

4. Think like an adult. I’ll be focused on making more responsible, adult choices. I have big dreams for my family and they won’t happen if I don’t organize my life in a way that moves us closer to them.

5. Set a time limit on my personal Facebook use – 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes in the evening.

6. Set a time limit on Bejeweled – 15 minutes in the evening.

7. Stop beating myself up for my weight. Size doesn’t dictate character. Size doesn’t decide how “likable” you are. Size doesn’t determine if you’re loved or not. Size doesn’t determine your value as a human being.

8. Organize my personal paperwork so that it’s easier to manage and doesn’t take up one of my kitchen counters with a bunch of big crazy piles.

9. Put a system in place for my personal task management. There’s an excellent article on the Getting Things Done (GTD) approach here: 43 Folders. (Priority of this effort will be to do the weekly Sunday review and planning session. Continually and repeatedly!)

10. Cut out my nightly cookie, even if it is an organic, oatmeal cookie.

11. Cut down on bread – way down. No dinner rolls, no toast with breakfast and no sandwiches. My body doesn’t respond well to it so why eat it?

12. Make it a habit to paint (art on canvas) at least a few hours ever two weeks. It’s a great stress reliever and while my skills aren’t completely developed, it won’t happen if I don’t do it.

13. Become a better friend. Call my girlfriends. Make coffee dates, dinner dates and lunch dates. Call them. Email them. Reconnect.

14. Develop a meditation practice – at least 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes each time.

15. Be on time to commitments, engagements and appointments. Stop trying to squeeze in “one more thing” before I leave to drive somewhere.

16. Get all of my annual health maintenance check ups every year. No skipping years.

3 thoughts on “My Working List of Habits

  1. Good for you! I wish you luck in your efforts! I, too, have less than a year before hitting 50, and I, too, have put on weight over the years. I find one of the best things to do to encourage the weight loss effort is to make sure to either do a workout or a fast walk for at least 45 minutes every single day. I have a cd of step aerobics that I have enjoyed for years, so no travel time (except from bedroom to t.v. room!) and no gym fees! I also find a walk after supper with my hubby, if we can manage it, is cathartic and leaves us both feeling lighter after a tough day, refreshed, more ready for sleep, and we don’t snack on the couch!! Keep us posted as to your progress!

  2. I read a repost of your blog on Marilyn Suttle’s FB page – your first entry came just a few days before my 49th birthday and I was really motivated by what you were doing. So, for the next month, I made a list of “50 resolutions for my 50th year” – weight loss is of course toward the top of the list – and I was surprised how easy it was to come up with 50 habits I wanted to gain/change! Thanks for the self-project idea and best of luck as you wind up to your big day – finish strong!!

  3. Suggestion re Habit #2. Rather than deprive yourself, make a special occasion of it and allow yourself a taste. Let me explain.

    When my daughter was young she was allowed a “four o’clock snack” every day. This was a non-healthy, non-nutritious, edible “treat” she chose. The item itself was never limited, the quantity was. For example, a “serving” of ice cream was one of the liquid medicine caps. A cookie was usually small. A single Hershey’s kiss. If she wanted chocolate chips, together we decided/negotiated what would be a “reasonable serving.” (Maybe 10?) By doing this my daughter didn’t feel deprived. When presented with unlimited access to “goodies” (others’ homes/parties/etc.) she never went overboard. (I’d often seen children whose parents completely refused them “treats” make themselves physically ill by cramming sugary treats into their mouths.)

    “Four o’clock snack” was always a special occasion. “Goodies” were never blindly consumed. We took a break from whatever we were doing so she could focus on the “treat” and truly enjoy it.

    Finally, even though we called it “four o’clock snack,” it could be at any time of the day. It gave her something to look forward to (a treat). A pleasant aside is it wound up helping her define value and worth for herself. (“Hmm, would I get more pleasure from this “goodie” or that “treat?”) Delayed gratification. (“If I have it now, I can’t have it later. Maybe I’ll want something else later, so I’ll wait.) And, ironically, it empowered her. (“I get to choose what I want for my ‘four o’clock snack.’”)

    The interesting thing is, as an adult my daughter’s serving sizes have increased, she does not tend to go overboard on “treats.”

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