Over the years I’ve read that it takes about six weeks to make something a habit. In some ways I can see that. We’ve moved quite a few times over the course of our marriage and I have noticed that it takes me about six weeks to consistently remember where I put the dishes in my new kitchen.
In other ways though, I feel like it took me a lot longer than six weeks to fully embrace my new eating habits as my own. And it definitely took longer than six weeks for my exercise routine to become a habit. After all, when I started walking for exercise I could barely make it down my driveway without getting winded. For the exercise habit to become cemented it took the better part of six months.
Even though I’ve been living this healthier lifestyle for many years, I still occasionally find myself heading to the pantry when I’m stressed or looking for some chocolate when I’m bored. Most of the time I resist those urges, but it makes me wonder if all my old food habits are ever truly broken. For me, I think not. Better under control – yes. But completely conquered without some dedicated work – no.
I just wanted to get your take on healthy habits. As you’ve changed your life and your food choices, have you ever thought about the fact that you are creating new habits? Habits that can take you successfully into maintenance and beyond?
So for a quick post and question today –
How long did it take you to make your new lifestyle a habit – or are there still things you are working on cementing into your life? Diane