I admit, while up north during our quarantine I was getting into a pretty deep rut that was going to turn into a bad habit if I didn’t do something about it.
My husband was buying Cheez-Its. AND I WAS eating them.
Now if you know me, you know I am all about balance, and if you LOVE a food that is not healthy for you, you get to decide how often and how much, but you don’t have to give it up forever.
I tell Carl all the time I don’t like Cheez-Its. Because really I don’t. I don’t love how I feel after eating them.
But he knows how much I enjoy them. So he thought he was being so thoughtful buying this comfort food when he shopped. The problem was I would eat them and then he would buy more. He even came home with new flavors.
Honestly, I was surprised at how fast I got into this unhealthy behavior. And how long I kept eating them.
I don’t think I am the only one to fall into an unhealthy behavior so quickly. I’m just grateful I realized it before it got out of hand!
Fact: Getting out of that rut was a LOT harder than I expected it to be. I have gone down this path before, I thought I can get out of this habit. I knew I had to get strategic and tactical about it.
Everything that was going on in my life at that point supported staying in the rut and doubling down.
In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear writes that one of the best ways to break a habit is to reduce exposure to temptations – removing anything that prompts you to do it.
Then, once those cues are gone, you can reframe your mindset by looking at the benefits of NOT doing the action. For me, that meant substituting other things that gave me tangible results!
Here’s what I did to kick it:
I KNEW I had to make a radical change to remove the temptation.
For me, that meant shaking up my routine by what noticing was happening before I reached for the box of Cheez-Its.
Here is what I noticed:
- I was alone
- It was mid-afternoon
- I usually had been doing computer work
- I was already in the kitchen (for most of the quarantine I worked on the island in the kitchen. Once I had a desk in my “gym” it didn’t seem to be as much of a challenge, but I had already recognized the poor habit)
Being aware of those things really helped to identify what I could change to stop the habit of grabbing handfuls of Cheez-Its.
So I replaced that mid-afternoon snack break by
- Walking out on our property to wherever Carl was. This meant I was not alone anymore, and I was no longer in the kitchen.
- If I was hungry I would make a smoothie and bring it with me when I went to see Carl.
And do you know what? Once I got started, it wasn’t that bad at all. It was actually fun.
Plus, I got outside, and Carl felt like I was taking an interest in his project.
And I felt so much better!
It’s a pretty irresistible combo!
Just some food for thought, especially if you have picked up a habit or two over the past few months that you’d like to kick.
Joyfully Breathing and Smiling,
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