Have you ever heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit? Chances are pretty good, right?
Here are a few things I’ve learned over the last several months:
-It doesn’t take just a 21 day challenge/cleanse, it takes a MINIMUM of 21 days to build a new habit.
-It typically takes an average of 66 days to form a new habit
-if you try to incorporate more than 1 new habit at a time you are statistically more likely to fail at keeping your habit(s).
Why am I bringing this up and being a Debbie Downer? I promise you I’m not trying to pee in your Wheaties and ruin your motivation. BUT consider this example- many times when people try to lose weight/get fit/healthy they incorporate a crazy amount of habits they try to incorporate all at once. Eating a certain way, tracking stuff, exercising an hour a day, drinking a gallon of water a day, yoga instead of wine, cutting all processed food, fill in the blank. It’s all fine and dandy until… it becomes overwhelming and impossible to keep up with and then poof, off the bandwagon we go. We blame ourselves, our motivation, our lack of discipline or preparation and find ourselves back on the couch with a bag of Doritos watching a Netflix marathon mourning our failure. How many people started crazy motivated January 1st and are no longer keeping up with their resolutions? The weight loss industry is designed to fail. If it were designed to be successful they wouldn’t make money!
Making a lifestyle change and commitment is very noble, but can be super overwhelming. So what should you do instead? Pick 1 habit to master at a time. Will it be slow and excruciating? Possibly. Will you have instantaneous results? Unlikely. But will you be able to maintain those habits longer and more easily? YES! Sustained habits aren’t as sexy as touting double digit inches and pounds lost in 21 days. But you’re creating a strong foundation to build upon!
My current habit is consuming 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day, next week I’ll have a personal habit update. I’d love to hear what your habit is that you’re working on- comment below with what you’re working on!