Or maybe ten days. I have been such a slacker for, oh, a few weeks. Fortunately, the Navy has given me a wonderful opportunity to reboot my exercise and eating routine. How? By putting my husband out on a ship for ten days. I've decided that I'm going to take advantage of his absence to do all sorts of things that are good for me, each and every day.
I am very motivated by charts and visual reminders. (I'm sure that says something about me, but I'm not so sure I want to know what that says.) I made a chart with ten days on it, and 10 things that I need to do each day: exercise, log all my foods, put lotion on my body, whiten my teeth, drink lots of water...I think you get the picture. I get to put a sticker on each block when I do each item. Hey - it works for kindergarten students - surely it will work for me, right?
You know what? It has worked for me. I'm on day four, and I've only missed two things (I didn't eat enough fruits and vegetables on the first day, and I didn't lotion one day.) It seems silly, but who cares? I've exercised for three days in a row, which is pretty amazing considering my recent behavior. And I've also done all those other things that are good for me.
They say it takes something like 21 days to form a new habit. Hopefully this ten days will be the first half of some good new habits.
Want to join me for this next week?