Changing Habits through replacing Behaviors

Happy Thursday!

This week I’m writing to you with a little trick I learned from our Director of Client Services Rachael Duval. She uses this to wean herself from bad habits, and it has worked for other clients and me too. :)

A little back story though, when Rachael first came to us, she was going through a really really rough time. Her husband had just passed away and she was trying to figure out how to navigate life as a new widow and single mom.

She told me that her pattern was to drink far too much wine and eat to help ease the pain. (This is not confidential information, so please understand I’m not spilling the beans on a secret)

After she began Boot Camp and things gradually began to shift for her. She started feeling better, she was building more confidence, she saw increases in her energy and she wanted to change her lifestyle.

About a year in, is when she decided she wanted to start to change her eating and drinking habits.

She told me recently that what helped her cut WAY back on her wine consumption was to buy bad wine.

I laughed but I was intrigued. Bad wine? Yuck, right?

She said that when she had bad wine in the house she would poor a smaller glass, have a few sips and then be done with it.

With good wine she wanted more…

She wonders, as I have often wondered about habits, if it wasn’t the act of pouring something “special” into a glass and taking the time to slow down and enjoy it that was the thing she longed for rather than the wine itself. 

Now wine is a tricky subject because I realize that there are some of us out there who are facing serious addictions to alcohol. I’m not saying that this will work for you, if you have an addiction. In that situation you may need help from a professional, but if you’re looking to swap out an unproductive behavior (that isn’t necessarily an addiction) this could work. It has for other clients and for me.

Many of you don’t know that I used to smoke.

When I decided to be done with that solo evening cigarette, I HAD TO REPLACE it with something else.

What I loved about that time was that I was alone, unwinding and at peace, but I didn’t want to fill my lungs with poison anymore while I was doing it…

I chose t.v. for a while.  Zoned out, uninterrupted etc. And now I prefer a few minutes of reading and meditation.

But the trick was that I needed to replace the behavior.

The ritual was important. The routine was necessary.

We all have things that we are doing that interfere with our progress…

  • ​Staying up too late
  • Watching just one more episode
  • Flipping through social media right before bed, or in bed
  • Hitting the snooze button and skipping the a.m. workout
  • Seeking out a sweet right before bed…

You get to decide if it is important to you to change that behavior. If it is impeding your progress, it is probably time to find a replacement for the habit. 

Test it out.

See if it helps.

I hope it does.

We are here for you,

Megan K and the team

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You’re not alone

Hello!

You know, a common complaint I hear from people trying to lose body fat is this: “I started losing weight, then it became an uphill climb. I don’t know if I have the willpower to make this my lifestyle.”

It’s funny because there’s (almost) always the same piece of the puzzle missing for these people: accountability.

It comes with the nature of our society. People would rather deal with their problems on their own than expose themselves as “weak” to others in asking for help.

Let me ask you a question:

who in history has ever reached their goals entirely by themselves?

Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever walk on the moon, could only fly into space because a dedicated team of NASA professionals built his aircraft, ensured it was safe, and launched him with extreme precision.

I could go on with many other examples.

The point is, that you can motivate yourself for the short term, but if you want to make health and fitness a lifestyle, you need people around you to encourage you when you’re down.

Face it: we’re all humans.

People go through slumps. These downturns make finding motivation within a near-impossible task…

But, if you have a partner – or better, a community – to encourage you to keep going through the rough patches, you’ll begin to make fitness and health a habit.

Our fitness family always has your back. Need a recommendation for a healthy meal? No sweat. Can’t find the inspiration to drive to Fit Body? We can pick you up! (Some of us carpool to early workouts)

At the core of our Fit Body Family, is the idea that we can achieve so much more together. The more people you have in your corner, the likelier you are to succeed.

Just remember: you are NEVER alone. We are all in this journey together.

Let’s make it a great week!

Megan K and the team

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