How do you form new habits?
I have two things I know I should do — things I want to do — but which I find extraordinarily difficult to actually do.
- Look Up While I Run
- Eat Slowly and Taste My Food
Watching My Feet. Early on in my running program, I got a tip from a long-time running coach: remember to look up and enjoy your run.
The problem is that I look at the ground when I run. I just do. No matter how hard I try to look up and enjoy the pre-dawn sights, within 20-30 second, I find myself watching my own steps again.
Then I remember again that I do enjoy watching the few cars and wondering about the people in them. That I like looking through the semi-darkness to see if I can find the flowers which are giving off their wonderful scent. That I won’t trip and fall flat on my face if I don’t look at my feet.
So I look up. Then I subconsciously let my head drop again within mere seconds.
And each time, I’m left wondering “How can I change this?”
Slow the Fork Down. I eat too quickly. Like a man who hasn’t eaten in days, or, alternately, like a man who has eaten constantly and does it out of mere convention, I rarely taste my food.
I’ve written about this before, about paying attention to what you eat.
I find myself eating on automatic all the time. No, I’m not talking about the autopilot eating which leads to finishing a whole bag of chips without realizing it while you watch a sitcom.
I mean that, even when I am eating my planned 4HB meals, I find myself eating as if the order to bug out in 5 minutes had come down and I need to shovel in as much food as possible before we have to go. I look down and half my food is gone and I don’t remember eating a single bite.
This is an even bigger problem on Cheat Days (like today). I think I feel guilty on some level about eating PopTarts or cookies and so I find myself not really taking the time to enjoy them like I should.
As with watching the scenery when I run, I want to consciously enjoy my food, but I too often forget and turn it into a competition (against myself) to see who can eat the fastest. (I always win . . . and lose.)
The Solution. I’m going to just be a different person. Seriously though . . . I can’t seem to shake these bad habits. No matter how hard I try, no matter how much I want it, no matter how often I “fix” it, I slide almost immediately back into the old patterns.
Anybody have any specific suggestions about fixing this?
So long as no babies are born today, and perhaps depending on whether or not we get the air conditioner fixed upstairs at the house, I will do Max Capacity Training Day 24 this evening.
[Unless our A/C gets fixed this evening, I’ll do my workout tomorrow… there’s no way I’m going to workout in a room that’s at least 85° with no ceiling fan!]
This is the same four exercises from Monday and Wednesday this week, this time using Time Attack. As usual, I’ll split the exercises into ten rounds and record my results below.
- Crocodile Pushups: 84
- Deck Squat Jumps: 45
- 1 Leg Wall Squat: 165
- Jack Knives: 114
This was really, really hard.
I’ll explain the picture at the top of this post tomorrow…..
Plan (and Reality) for Week 27:
Red indicates a negative deviation from the plan. Green indicates either a positive deviation from the plan or a measure of achievement according to plan.
NB: I changed my planned runs this week to be on MWF, just like my MCT workouts. I plan to give my body some rest on Tuesday and Thursday. All of this is, of course, subject to change according to the post above.