It’s never too late to start your quest towards quitting habits which stop you from having a healthy and fit body.
Speaking from my personal experience first thing I quit for a healthy and fit body was
To compare me with others
I believe ‘Mind controls the body’. So first and foremost was to love my self. I stopped comparing myself to others. Earlier I would feel incompetent and would keep accessing myself. I stopped doing that a few years ago and my body responded. Once I had control over negativity, I started feeling energetic.
Next up came
To give up driving or taking public transport for short distances
I have realized you need not take drastic steps while setting up fitness goals. Start small. I had this habit of driving to the grocery store. I quit it. I started walking. Sometimes I even took the stairs rather than taking the lift. Such small steps helped me to give up my next habit.
Giving up on aerated drinks
Though I couldn’t give up on pizzas and burgers, I gave up on aerated drinks. Yes, not completely but the frequency has greatly reduced. I am not a saint, I accept it. I am a person who has weak moments. So, it has reduced to once monthly sometimes even less. My calorie consumption greatly reduced.
Once you start taking steps towards having a healthy body and once your body starts showing results, you are motivated to try harder. It will now be easier to give up on those habits which seemed very difficult to give up earlier.
Which for me was
To switch off the gadgets (the idiot box primarily)
I had got so addicted to the idiot box (Television for me is this now) that I had disturbed sleep. I realized that eating healthy and exercise are not the only two things to being fit and having a healthy body. Sleep is a very critical factor as well. So, I do not watch television two hours prior and switch off the mobile half an hour prior to my sleep time.
This habit helps me immensely. More than my exercise routine as well. I have very sound seven- hour sleep now. I do not require an alarm clock to wake me up. I sleep by 10:00 p.m on most of the weekdays and wake up at 5:30 a.m feeling fresh.
That leads me to the most difficult habit television would make me hungry. That is when all the self -control tactics would go out of the window and I would eat the fried snacks and suddenly start craving for something sweet. However, having timely dinner, giving up television and regular sleep time made this habit immaterial.
Quitting a few habits which were affecting my mind and body made me a positive person.
Gave up on setting unrealistic goals
As I quit these habits it made me a stronger person. It made me confident as well. Now I had realistic life goals. I realized its fine to fail. It’s fine not to be perfect. It’s fine if I make mistakes. I started writing my goals from a different perspective. I accepted myself with my weaknesses. I decided to build on my strengths.
That is also when I decided to follow a regular exercise routine and currently am enjoying CrossFit training a lot. Read about it as well and do share your fitness stories with me.
This post is part of Get Fit, Stay Fit blog party with Bon Happetee. I would like to thank my online fitness blogger buddy, Zainab from Slim Expectations to introduce me. Zainab’s blog is the one which I regularly follow for all fitness related tips. Do click on the link above and find out about exercises that can be done at home.
Also, I take this opportunity to introduce Anami who blogs at Namiwise. Read her post on exercise tips for working moms. She also has an entire book written on easy workouts which can be done at home. I have tried those and it works wonders.
I am participating in the ‘Get Fit, Stay Fit’ blog party with BonHappetee!