• Peggi Ingram

Habit or Decision?

Have you ever paid attention about your daily routine? That you snooze the alarm 3 times before getting up? That you get coffee before you go to the bathroom? That you grab a bit of chocolate after every meal? That you grab a handful of nuts every time you pass through the kitchen?

These activities are habits. We do them most of the time mindlessly and we really don't think about it at all. It is said that 40% of what we do everyday aren't actual decisions but a habits.

Habits can be good habits such as planning ahead, exercising, or drinking water. Or they can be 'bad' habits such as thinking negatively or eating cupcakes after dinner every night. Or they can be a neutral habit such as taking a shower, eating yogurt with a fork or skimming through a magazine instead of reading it.

When we are looking for change, it is important to look at what we are doing and especially our habits as F.M Alexander says, "People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their future."

So just look at your actions. No judgement, just start being aware of them. Then start asking "Is this serving me and my goals?" Maybe yes, maybe no or maybe it doesn't really affect it at all.

If something is helping you get to your goal then definitely keep doing it. If you decide that eating the piece of chocolate after every meal is not helping you get to your fat loss goal, then make a plan to change that habit. It really is that simple.

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