Day 18 – New habits09/26/2009
Oh how fun to look back on these past few days now with clear eyes. The sugar haze and carb high has lifted. I can see that I reverted back to my old ways of thinking. I slowed down on the intensity of intension. I began to wallow which is my old way of thinking. I began to get lost again in my story of how I got here. I was prime for any emotion or circumstance to come along to get me off course. When I focus on my past I get hooked on all of the “should ofs, would ofs and could ofs,” instead of focusing on the work necessary to achieve my goal. Yes I need to be mindful of my past and how it has shaped me so far but right now I need to solidify my new habits. Sean Anderson of The Daily Diary of a Winning Loser explicitlytold me to keep it simple with just the mantra calories in calories out. I had done that for a while but then I got caught up in my head again. Think! Think! Think! This just brings out the Eeore in me. I got carried away and began searching for the quick fix or the right formula. The theory is that it takes 21 days to form and solidify a new habit. If I act consciously and consistently for 21 days I can establish a new, positive, healthy habit. So for now I’ll need to make sure not to complicate this road. As it becomes a natural course of my life I will then have the strength to slowly revisit my past histroy. When emotions begin to creap in I’ll need to take a moment and not let it derail my ultimate goal, to see what a difference a year makes.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
– Aristotle –