A few months ago I moved back to my childhood hometown. We have been settled in our new home for about 3 months now. However, the other day I was driving down the road to pick up my oldest from drivers training when I realized I was driving down the wrong road! So I quickly started to turn around to go the other direction and that’s when my two little backseat drivers needed to pipe in and say, “Hey, where are we going? Why are you turning around?” I replied because I am going the wrong way. Which in turn deemed a response from my youngest that said, “mom, why are you always going the wrong way? Don’t you know where you are driving!?” I simply replied with “because I am so use to going the other way.” Which started me thinking. Why is it I haven’t lived in Michigan in years and have lived in my new house for 3 months, but yet I find myself going the wrong direction 7/10 times when driving somewhere? Well that’s simple it’s because it’s a habit. My habit was to drive a certain way when going home from a store or when going to a certain place and to take certain roads, which ultimately left me driving in the wrong direction A LOT!
Now I am sure you are wondering what the heck does me driving the wrong direction all the time have to do with fat loss. Well here’s the thing when you create habits your brain automatically stores those into the memory bank. Then when you do the same thing over and over again it doesn’t need to use as much energy to perform that task; it just pulls it out like autopilot. Have you ever driven to work and then thought to yourself wow, I don’t even remember driving into work? Well that’s because your brain did autopilot mode and knew that was your schedule and naturally made you drive the way you would to work.
Now let’s apply that same process to a bad eating habit. Everyday I use to drive carpool and I would sit and drive from school-to-school and home-to-home picking up and dropping off kids. Since I was in the car for almost 2 hours Monday-Friday, I would grab a bag of mints (or another candy to my liking) and my large fountain diet coke and start my drive. This soon became my habit. Now I’m sure you can imagine what happened to my body, I started feeling sluggish, and needed even more caffeine for energy, and I started gaining weight and started to feel just overall not good! So I decided to remove the habit. I just wasn’t going to have that diet coke or that candy and I would be fine. Well I can tell you that lasted about 3 days and then back into my old habit. So what did I do to fix this very unhealthy habit? Instead of REMOVING the habit I CHANGED the habit. I started bringing a ME Cocoa Drink with me everyday on my drive and then sucked on sunflower seeds instead of candy. In a just a few days I didn’t even miss my diet coke and candy and I started to feel much better.
Bottom line is this. You can’t remove habits the brain just doesn’t allow it. You have to change your habit. Whether that is not sitting down on the couch as soon as you get home from work or school, snacking on peppers instead of chips before dinner, or simply driving a different way home so you aren’t passing/stopping at your favorite fro-yo place everyday. Think about your life and what habits may be stopping you from being the best YOU and let’s change those habits one at a time!
If you have a bad habit and you need advice or help figuring out a way to swap it out with a healthier habit please let me know! If you have swapped a bad habit for a healthier one already I would also love to hear about that!
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Hot water and stir like crazy. I do cheat and use my keruig for the hot water I just don’t put a k-cup in it and then you don’t have to stir as much 😉
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