Forming A Habit

If we are to go by the thought of ’21 days to make a habit’, I have it cracked!  I would officially be in the ‘habit’ of excercising. Habit – a routine subconscious behaviour.  Since starting my little blog in a bid to motivate myself to keep up my bid to become fitter and have a healthier lifestyle, I have either ran or went to the gym 3/4 days a week.  In fact I did it 5 days this week.  3/4 is more achievable, I’m not going to set the bar too high just yet.  As I said in my previous post consistency is my goal at present.

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There is conflicting research to state that in fact it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.  66 days to form a habit.  At the moment exercise doesn’t feel like a chore to go out and get it done.  I think I am actually enjoying it.  So it may not be subconscious just yet but it’s getting easier.  WIN!!

One problem I did encounter is that I was going doing my exercise but I had no focus.  My main target had been to show up. Once that was done I just rolled with it.  “Fitter” is difficult to measure as it is not a definitive goal.  I went to one of instructors in the gym that I have membership in, discussed my situation, returning to fitness etc and he did up a specific plan.  It is a short-term plan due to only getting back into it but we will review it again in three weeks time.  I go in now and I know exactly what I need to do.  It cuts procrastination in half.

The weather in Ireland has been absolutely fabulous the past two weeks!!!  It is so good to see.  It has made going out running so much easier.  No second thought required if I’m free to go.  I have not been using any app or watch to track times or distance.  The trails that I have been running are roughly 5k.  I am no longer needing to take a little walk in between now so that is my measure of progression.  Small achievements but achievement nonetheless.

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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb

Running and me

Myself and running have a love / hate relationship.  Ok ok I hate it and it hates me.  It probably hates me so much because I keep abandoning it.  I go out again and my love returns!!  So why o why don’t I just keep going!!  In steps my great intentions.  I come back after my first run, all pumped, that was great I feel so much better now, Il go again tomorrow.  Tomorrow comes.  Aw is that rain? yes of course its rain…You live in Ireland what did you expect.  Il just wait till it passes.. sits down with a cup of tea (and most likely a biscuit).  It stops raining, but I cant run straight after drinking tea….Il wait a wee while…Three weeks later, I think ill start running again

and so on and so forth…..

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Running for me has always been a bit of an on/off.  I know from experience that what I’m missing is consistency.  I have only recently started returning back to fitness after having a baby.  She is 18 months old now but I just wasn’t getting into routine with work and working opposite shifts to my husband.  I go for walks very regularly but it just doesn’t give that same satisfaction you get after a run or an exercise class.

But this time I know what is needed and have gotten my head back into the game. It involved a lot of the logistics of how I was going to squeeze in some sort of training into a busy house. For somebody that used to do so much exercise I feel like a bit of a newbie again!  I have recently gotten gym membership to help give me that kick start.

So my plan is to get in exercise where ever I can and make it a habit once again.  I now know that it will mean exercising on the days that I work.  It is difficult as I work 12.5 hour days, but I will try my best.  Marathon training just might not be on the cards just yet!!  pexels-photo-797637.jpeg

Is anybody else like this?  Any other ideas on how to get around it without always asking favours (they are needed for filling in a few hours during working days and special occasions!!)???

Call back to see the progress or the lack of progress I make in attempting to finally keep on track 🙂