4 Tips to Get Back on Track after Slipping into Old Habits
Why is it so difficult to develop good habits? Then when you think you’ve done it you slip right back into your old ways! Ahh!
Has this happened to you?
I’ve recently seen this play out in my life in the area of exercise. I’ve been trying to be a person that exercises regularly for what seems like forever now. After planning and failing over and over, I thought I finally made it.
I’ve been exercising between 4-6 days per week for about 4.5 months, and I was feeling great about it. Then it was disrupted, and I could see all that hard work crumbling before my eyes.
I could feel myself easily and comfortably slipping back into my old ways. I was waking up early, but I’d work on the blog longer than I had time for and push off my workout. Then, I wouldn’t make it a priority to get done later in the day. I would let my perfection of following my morning workout routine keep me from doing it at all. “If I can’t do it during the time I had planned, then I just can’t do it. ” What?! I know that doesn’t make any sense, but that’s my mind. lol.
What started this downward spiral? My regular workouts were disrupted by some other life events.
1. I did a bone broth fast for 3 days during the first week of October. I felt good…mostly…during the fast, but I didn’t have the energy to workout.
2. The next week I got sick, and I didn’t feel well enough to workout.
To be honest, before the first week of October, I had been slipping a bit. Instead of working out 4-5 times per week, it was 3-4…or 2-3, you get the idea.
So, we find ourselves, once again, in this familiar place that we fought hard to change. It is discouraging. Heartbreaking. Full of self-doubt. It’s also scary…what if I never make it?
Please tell me I’m not alone in these struggles!
How do you get back on track after you’ve fallen back into your old habits?
1 – Stop Beating Yourself Up
• Guilt is not a good motivator! Don’t make yourself feel terrible and then expect yourself to do big hard things.
• Forgive yourself with the promise that it doesn’t matter you didn’t do it perfectly, all that matters is that you do it.
2 – Just say “no” to perfection
• When we put more value in doing it the way we have planned over just getting it accomplished, we set ourselves up for failure every time.
• Does this sound familiar? “I already ate bad for lunch. I might as well eat whatever I want for dinner.” “I don’t have time for the 30 minute declutter I planned. So, I can’t use these 15 minutes instead.”
• When you read those statements, you see right through them. They sound almost ridiculous and silly. However, isn’t this what we do to ourselves often? I know my mind automatically goes into this procrastinating/ excuse making mode – in disguise of doing it right!
• Fight it! Building habits are all about the repetition. The more you do it, even if it isn’t perfect, the more it starts to become a part of you.
• Done is better than perfect!
3 – Remember your “WHY”
• Why are you working toward that new habit to begin with?
• Write down WHY you want to make this habit. Why is it important to you? What are you looking for? Make it personal. Meaningful. Put dreams and emotions into it. Make your WHY bigger than the pain of change.
• Anytime you start to feel lost or discouraged about your new habits, go back to your WHY. Get back on track – get re-committed and focused.
4 – Remember how you felt when you were on track
• One of the biggest things that helped me get back on track with my exercise was reading something I wrote after a good run a couple of months ago. It brought back how good I was feeling exercising regularly for so many months.
• The words were so simple. “Never forget this feeling – Never Quit!”
• Remember how you felt when you were following through with your new habit! Better yet, write it down so you can come back to it on days you don’t want to do it. Or if you can feel yourself slipping back into your old familiar bad habits.
Now, take these things and just do it. Make that first move, then tomorrow do it again. Celebrate your wins and keep going.
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