The Secret to Busting My Bad Habit
As I wrote in an earlier blog, I had set myself a 30 day #nolollie challenge to bust my bad habit of being too reliant on lollies as my go-to-snack. I think it’s okay for them to be enjoyed in moderation as an occasional treat, but not to be a regular staple of my diet (which erm they were….).
I am very proud to announce that I have now been “lollie free” for nearly 40 days. Which considering my life-long love affair with sugar (and in particular lollies) is an accomplishment I am very proud of!
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t easy. The first few days were really hard; however, by really focusing on this goal I’d set myself and putting a plan in place to help me succeed it was actually easier than expected.
Besides the cravings at the onset, and I was mightily tempted a couple of times during the month when offered them in social settings; my planning had really paid off. One of the things I had planned for was how to deal with potential scenarios that were out of my control whereby I was offered some of those delicious looking sweets. Low and behold, that did end up happening (several times might I add!), but when it did happen I was ready and in control of the situation – I’m not kidding anyone, it was hard to say no, but I felt so proud of myself when I did! Super empowering!
What really surprised me was after the 30 days was over – I expected myself to be busting to rip open a packet of my long-lost sweet delights and indulge; but this so far has not been the case.
I believe the main reason for not reverting back to my old ways is because the reason I was doing this was so important to me and is aligned with my values. I wasn’t doing this to lose weight; I knew I could have compensated excessive lollie consumption by sweating it out at the gym a little bit extra if needed (I know this because the ‘old me’ has done that before….). The real reason I wanted to reduce my lollie consumption is because it is aligned to my health goals of being more mindful about how I am fuelling my body, which in turn affects how I feel, my mood, and my stress level – which I’ve finally realised is much more important to me in the bigger scheme of things, rather than the feeling I receive from a short-lived sugar hit.
What’s the relevance of my sugar addition and busting this bad habit for you? A lot of us have something we’d like to stop doing whether that be related to food, activities, or certain behaviours. From my experience, I think the secret key to success to bust those habits is to really think about the “why” – why is stopping this food/activity/behaviour so important to you? Also determine whether it is important to you or to someone else…
You’ve got to be passionate about the cause so you are truly committed to it. For that to occur it’s really got to align to your big picture. Once you’ve established that your “why” is aligned with what’s important to you, set a goal and develop an action plan, as this helps you really focus on what you want to achieve. Remember, what you focus on is what you get.
To those who are contemplating giving up their bad habits, I know you can do this! Go and make your life one you love.