With Kerrie at lunch time on a cold day. My energy level was high and muscles felt great.
I met Kerrie @ Mom vs. Marathon for a chilly run near our offices. The birds were out in full force, Ducks spooked us, a large Hawk impressed us and the Blue Heron made us smile. I felt AMAZING!! Muscles were working, no pain and my head cold is nearly gone. Miles pass so quickly with Kerrie and we have no shortage of conversation, it is nice having a running buddy who works just 1.3 miles down the road :) Run #1 was a SUCCESS 30 more to go..
Running minimum of 1 mile per day this month made me think about HABITS.
What is the saying? It takes 21 days to make a habit, good or bad :) I know there is more research on this, from personal experience I think it takes a couple months for something to be habit for me. Habit, routine, whatever you want to call it, your health should be something that you think about every day.
Developing healthy habits is important to your overall life and happiness. Whether it is taking the stairs to your meeting on the 3rd floor, skipping the whip cream on your mocha, or walking to the mail box instead of driving, you can make small changes in your life creating healthy habits.
For a good amount of time running and healthy eating became Habits for me, it was what I did without even thinking. Unfortunately it is much harder to maintain healthy habits and soon BAD Habits crept in. I started staying up later, sneaking fatty snacks between meals and finding excuses to skip my daily run because "I don't have a race to train for." An injury here, a sickness there, work trip, life events, etc...all combined to create a new person, someone that I don't want to be!!The trouble with BAD Habits are they just feel so darn good... It is so nice to be LAZY, watch TV and eat mindlessly. It is so nice to shop at lunch and grab Starbucks on the way back to the office. It is so nice to sleep in on the weekends... These actions on occasion are necessary and good, but soon for me these actions became normal or habit....and I have felt GUILTY writing a Running Blog with very little running and BAD habits lingering and becoming my way of life..
One step at a time. The first step for me is admitting that my current Habits are not healthy for ME. The next step was deciding what actions I need to take to create better Habits.
**Things I want to be my HABITS:
-Focus on my Family first
-Exercise 3-5 days a week
-Reduce unhealthy snacking
-Read for pleasure and to increase knowledge
I will take action to make those Habits a reality, easier said than done. Will I ever be able to get rid of all my BAD Habits?? No way!! But I can chose to be mindful of those negative aspects of myself and work toward ways to spin toward more positive paths. My very favorite quote about Habits comes from Aristotle..
Below are a few more quotes about HABITS:
Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow.
The unfortunate thing about this world
is that good habits are so much easier
to give up than bad ones.
The hard must become habit.
The habit must become easy.
The easy must become beautiful.
Good luck to all my buddies Running Rock N Roll Vegas