I remembering reading somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I have no idea if this has been proven or if it’s simply someone’s "theory", but either way, I think it’s a good way to start a goal.
It takes a lot of time and effort to change something permanently and make it part of your daily routine. While I believe 21 days can lead to a nice foundation for change, I also think habits take much longer to become automatic.
I am on my ninth day of my second New Year’s Resolution and while I feel happy and excited by these new changes, I’m not disillusioned into thinking....”Yes. I did it!” I am well aware that it’s only January 9th and I still have another 356 days before I can truly call this a victory.
So what is my 2nd New Year’s Resolution, you ask?
365 Days of Healthy Eating
Basically my plan is to go an entire YEAR without eating junk!
I originally started with the generic goal of “No Sugar”, but I know there are a lot of natural sugars (like honey) that are beneficial to the body, so I didn't want to rule those out completely.
I then changed it to “No Processed Food” which would capture those pesky refined sugars, but allow the delicious and nutritious raw honey and maple syrup to still be on my “acceptable foods list”.
The only problem with this one, is that some processed foods are still good sources of healthy nutrients.
For example, milk and milk products like yogurt are processed, but they are still good sources of calcium, vitamins and protein. I generally don’t care for cow's milk because it upset my stomach, but I sometime enjoy a lactose-free yogurt with berries as a snack and I really don’t have a good reason to give that up completely.
So today I have decided to just stick with the term “Healthy Foods”. This gives me the flexibility to weigh the pros and cons of each food individually and maintain my overall goal of simply leading a healthier
life style. My ultimate goal is to just be the strongest, healthiest, most mindful person I can be.
I am being very conscious with what I eat, but also how I think and what I do on a consistent basis. If it isn't good for my mind, body and soul then I'm no longer doing it. I am only 9 days in, but I can definitely feel a shift in how I am thinking and how I am feeling (like a head cloud is slowly being lifted) and it is very encouraging.
I have been doing daily hot yoga, sticking to only protein, vegetables and fruit as my food choices, drinking 2-3 liters of water a day, getting plenty of sleep and waking up early to get more hours in my day.
Despite the numerous changes, I believe I have been settling in quite nicely and I am really pleased with my progress. Tomorrow I begin the transition into waking up EVEN EARLIER (at 5:00 am every day).
I currently wake up between 6:30 and 6:45 so to ease myself into it, I have set my alarm for 6:00 am tomorrow and I will slowly dial it back each day until I hit 5:00 am.
This will allow me time in the mornings to meditate, relax, read, drink my tea, maybe write a blog post or two, whatever I want really! I can spend my time in any "beneficial" way I choose, but the purpose of waking up early is to spend the extra 2 hours each morning as mindfully and productively as possible.
That being said, I think I should be off to bed and allow myself some much needed sleep.
Have a super evening and I'll touch base again tomorrow!
My name is Carmen Lisa MacPherson and I'm a self proclaimed humanitarian, wellness advocate and wannabe super hero.