Eat. Live. Be. #17: Bad Habits are Hard to Break

by Cate on May 2, 2011

I have a long list of bad habits I’m sure those that know me will be all to happy to share.  I like to think of them as personality traits, or quirks.  A bad habit just sounds so negative.  Who needs more negativity, right?  Someone who I just met recently called me “nice” and “exciting.”  I told him to give it time, he didn’t know me and my habits well enough.  Can you guess what today’s Eat. Live. Be. topic is?  Bad habits that we need to break. Fairly certain whoever came up with this topic meant it pertaining to health and fitness, so my bad habit of rolling my eyes won’t be much help.  I had to dig a bit, dig deep, to find a bad habit that might work for this week’s topics because although I might have a few, they’re totally not on topic.

And then I thought of one that might work.  Ruts.  I get in them all the time, mostly because I hate change.  So says the girl who has moved five times in the last 13 years and threw in a divorce to boot.  But, that being said, ruts are evil when it comes to health and fitness especially.  You need to continually change things up and keep everything fresh in order to have your body respond to what you’re doing.  Especially if you’re trying to lose weight.  As much as I love Zumba, I have learned that my body will not respond to Zumba alone.  The five classes a week I take quickly become “routine” and “maintenance” and no longer exercise.  While that sucks, it highlights how important it is to keep things revolving and evolving.  I do some weight training, some pilates, walks and hikes, bike riding, anything and everything.  But because I can quickly fall into the rut, I have to force myself to be aware of it and get out of it, which is a constant battle.

I actually quit my membership to the Y recently, for a few different reasons.  The end result will certainly force me to think more outside of the box in terms of getting my regular exercise in and bust through that pesky rut bad habit of mine.  And with the weather getting nicer every day, it’s the perfect time of year to do it.

Now for other bad habits that my fellow ELBers are trying to break, visit them at the links below:

Project 365
May 2, 2011, Photo #121

ErasersThese Japanese erasers are popular with the kids. Although they don’t erase especially well, they are too cute for words. I would really love to steal them all and put them on display in a clear glass jar on a shelf in the kitchen. Madeline got these four at the communion party yesterday. Maybe she won’t notice if they disappear.

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Joanne May 3, 2011 at 6:22 am

When I was able to run as much and as far as I wanted, I never found myself getting into ruts but now that I always seem to be slightly injured, I get increasingly frustrated with the gym and really have to mix it up with different classes, long walks, etc. otherwise I go stir crazy. Biking and/or ellipticaling every day drives me crazy! Now that the weather’s nice I’m sure you’ll find fun outdoor things to do!

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Ramona May 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

Those are cute.

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Patsy May 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

It’s so easy to get into a rut with working out… I’m guilty of that as well. Then, I get bored and stop doing my workouts. I hope you share some of your new workouts as I’m always looking for new ideas on what to do that will keep things interesting.

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