10/17/07

Do old habits die hard?

Or do we just put them on snooze? Jen's reference to THAT girl made me think: do we really create all new habits and routines after that 21 day period they tell us they take to form? Or are they just superficial and the old ones hover under the surface until we let our guard down enough and our willpower is non-existent and they'll take right back over? I mean it's just eating, WHY can't we get it right? Why are we married to this point system to figure things out until death do us part? We don't screw up bathing or brushing our teeth and they're the same sort of repetitive, day in, day out actions. What is so damn hard about this?!??! And why do we have to poke THAT girl with carrots? (sorry, i loved the image mandy) :P I get that we all have a strange relationship with food, but we rarely become complacent with our other daily habits. We take the care to do those other things. So why do we always choose to be so careless at times with the one that fuels our body and can cause the greatest damage both inwardly and outwardly? I don't know either. I'm just as guilty as everyone else, but it's food for thought. The things I think about while brushing my teeth and then walking down the street... By the way, I took Kris' advice and wrote this on the way to work on my treo...BIG MISTAKE. I nearly ran into about a dozen people, got my heel stuck in three subway grates and almost booked into a garbage can.

10 comments:

Crabby McSlacker said...

I've never really bought that "21" day thing--especially if the new habits aren't nearly as fun as the old ones.

There's no way a new healthy 'habit' will completely suppress the urge to stuff a slice of chocolate cake in my mouth.

But it is true that resistance does build over time. However, I'm always vulnerable to sliding back, no matter how many 21 day periods have gone by!

And I can't believe you were able to type this on a Treo while walking! You are far more coordinated than I.

Jen said...

*laughs* poor Mouse, can't walk and blog at the same time!!!

For me, I think it's a control thing...I sometimes get the same happiness from a eating a Macintosh Apple as I do potato chips but it's just pounded into my head that the junk food = comfort....I wish I could explain why, but I do it...I had great resistance for SO long until I said I was not a "fall off the wagon kind of girl" and then I fell off the wagon, BOOOO IRONY!

Anyway...I think I might overindulge in some tooth-brushing tonight...

Shirls said...

I think new habits take much much longer than 21 days to get set, seriously how many people have you meet that committed to WW and a new lifestyle for a month and then have faded away?

In April I will have been taking care of myself and putting me first for 5 years, I just was forced to take a break from the gym, did I miss it, not in the least for the first 2 weeks.. and then I couldn't wait to get back. So yes I do believe new habits can be formed I just don't think that there is a set # of days for everyone to establish a new good habit.

btw- I still daily argue with the fat girl in my head that I want a voo-doo doll of, almost 5 years and I still hear her..

marie said...

I am vague in my posts for a reason, ladies - you provide better material than I can.

My fat girl wins over sometimes too simply because she wants food I shouldn't have but I crave so badly.

It's just sad that I will eat a healthy breakfast, lunch & dinner like a robot now, out of habit, but will idly munch away on things on a whim if I see it.

odd how it works.

Bri said...

For me they die really hard. I kept my 40 lb weight loss off for about year and a half, then slowly I gained half of it back. I thought I had the habits DOWN. I was trained. It was automatic. And still I slipped. I think long term maintanance is a lot harder than people think. After a year or two, counting points all the time gets tiring. At that point, I think I started to believe that I could just automatically keep the weight off. nooo siree. I'll have to be on my toes forever. sigh.

Bri said...

For me they die really hard. I kept my 40 lb weight loss off for about year and a half, then slowly I gained half of it back. I thought I had the habits DOWN. I was trained. It was automatic. And still I slipped. I think long term maintanance is a lot harder than people think. After a year or two, counting points all the time gets tiring. At that point, I think I started to believe that I could just automatically keep the weight off. nooo siree. I'll have to be on my toes forever. sigh.

Sara said...

I contend with the fat girl all the time. Sometimes I win really easily and sometimes I don't even fight and just give in because no matter how good it feels it eat healthy sometimes it just feels better to eat junk (until after you eat it)!

That 21 day thing just doesn't make sense to me - how do 21 days combat habits that have been pounded into us for our whole lives.

eurydice said...

i think it's that way because most poor eating habits start to form when we are children, when we learn to bathe and brush our teeth. i was always given cookies as an after school snack and i still feel like i deserve cookies from 3-4pm! everyday! (although i try not to give in or eat a yogurt instead.)

Angie All The Way said...

Wow, we're all on the same wavelength today! I think we influence each others moods and thoughts more than we think we do here in the blogsphere.

So maybe if we all get sprinkled with pixie dust it will all be better and the positive and assertive, world in the palm attitudes will radiate to everyone and it'll all be good. God, it's all such a rollercoaster!

katieo said...

Good post!
I guess in the back of my head I'm always just trying to have more good days than bad days. And I also think you gotta give credit to yourself for all the things that HAVE become habitual. (I will be an exerciser until I keel over and die, We don't really ever eat white bread, And our primary beverage is water.) There are little things that Have changed. Permanently. But I hear you, and after I read this this morning, I've been wondering about it all day!

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