How I broke a bad habit ...

Jun 22, 2020

 by Marty Skele
About a month ago I realised I was getting into a rut that was going to turn into a bad habit if I didn’t do something about it.
It was towards the back end of the Covid-19 situation a few weeks before restrictions were lifted. I found that I was starting to eat foods I normally avoided and moving A LOT LESS. My scheduled workouts had pretty much dwindled down to nothing.
Honestly, I was surprised at how fast it happened. 😳
I think a LOT of us were sliding into not-so-productive behaviours then. I’m just grateful I realised it before it got way out of hand!
Fact: Getting out of that rut was a LOT harder than I expected it to be, and I knew I had to get strategic and tactical about it.
Everything that was going on in my life at that point supported staying in the rut … I’m talking about stress, extra time on my hands, feelings of apathy you name it!
Here’s what I did to kick it:
I KNEW I had to make a change to remove the temptation. But I knew I couldn't just go back to how it was before the bad habit starting to form as this was too big of a jump.
So for me, that meant adding in something small to my routine to get me moving again and eliminating the less-than-ideal foods from the close proximity that weren't serving me.
So I doubled down on doing some simple bodyweight movements everyday to get me feeling the benefits of exercise - those little "hits" of happy hormones (dopamine, serotonin, endorphins) add up if done daily! I also made sure I didn't take my trolley near those foods that I didn't need whenever we did the weekly shop.
And do you know what? Once I got started, it wasn’t that bad at all. It was actually fun, and it took less effort than I thought it would take.
Plus, I had something to show for it: I felt like I was getting stronger again and my muscles and joints enjoyed the small amounts of stress I was putting on them.
In the book Atomic Habits, James Clear writes that one of the best ways to break a habit is to reduce exposure to temptations – removing anything that prompts you to do it.
Then, once those cues are gone, you can reframe your mindset by looking at the benefits of NOT doing the action. For me, that meant substituting other things that gave me tangible results!
It’s a pretty irresistible combo!
Just some food for thought, especially if you have picked up a habit or two over the past few months that you’d like to kick.
Make it an amazing day,
Marty Skele
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