Monday, August 25, 2008

Where did my good habits go?

I know I've read the stat somewhere...that it takes 6-8 weeks (maybe more?) for a change in behavior to become a habit.

Whether it's 6, 8, or even 52 weeks, I know that for well over a year--possibly even two years--I've been eating breakfast. Yet on my last hiatus, eating breakfast was one of the first healthy habits I dropped.

Getting back into it has been tough. (Example: today's breakfast was a cup of skim milk and a 100-calorie Lorna Doone packet). As much as I love food, I am just not into breakfast. Eggs, toast, pancakes, yogurt...none of them appeal to me. When I was training regularly with Ms. A, I had to have breakfast. There was no way around it. If I didn't eat, I was going to pass out from the tough workouts she put me through.

So without her, both my workouts and runs to the breakfast table have been shamefully diminished. The good news is I'm tackling this breakfast thing head on this week. Goal is to do better every day than Lorna Doones and milk.

Even if that means low-fat PB & J sandwiches. (Hey, no one said breakfast actually had to BE breakfast, right?)


Heather said...

it definitely is hard to get back into habits, but once you do, everything feels so much better. sometimes its hard to jump back into everything all at once, so I wold just focus on something small each day you can add back in.

Once Upon A Dieter said...

Breakfast may be my fave meal. I mean, I go to bed looking forward to it. :) If I don't feel like getting up, all I have to do is think of a cheese omelette and man, I'm up!

But yeah, dropping good habits is too easy..way too easy.

And breakfast is any damn thing you want (hopefully healthful). Eggs and toast is just our tradition. It can be fish. It can be leftover supper goodies. It can be lunch! As long as it's got color, fiber, and're covered.

Best of luck getting back into the BKFST habit...

The P

Lora said...

Breakfast is hard for me too. But it's pretty important so stick with it!