Building Healthy Habits that Last

The past few months have flown by! I’m EXHAUSTED! Ready for a vacation. How is it already almost May? I can’t believe how quickly the year is going.

Life flies by and yet each day seems to go by slowly, especially when I have to work a full-time job. I have so many ideas and so many things I would like to work on in my personal life that sometimes being at work for nine hours seems to take away from those things. And then when I get home, I’m so tired, I just want to eat dinner and sit in front of the TV without worrying about anything. Sound familiar?

Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? I do sometimes, and I don’t even have children! I keep thinking once kids come into the picture I’ll have even less time to myself, so I’d better learn to manage my time well right now. Building habits takes so much will power, but we need more than determination to make changes that endure. How you spend your time, what you fill your mind with, who you socialize with, etc., can all affect your habits. Sometimes, it’s not enough to just want something to change. You have to have patience and take the appropriate steps to get there.

So how do we start?

Well, let me ask you this: How do you start your day?

I’m not going to lie; 99 percent of the time, I start my day by picking out my clothes and jumping in the shower, immediately getting ready for work. Rarely do I start my day reading my Bible or exercising. If I do, it’s because I can’t sleep.

If you were to take a look at my bullet journal, you would find that reading my Bible and exercising are my top priorities each day. You would also find that I rarely do these things every single day consistently.

Not being accountable for my actions has made me realize just how often I put myself on the back burner. I’m just trying to get through the day so I can relax at the end of it. Then I get in bed and think about the things I didn’t do that day, and it makes me feel bad. Of course, there’s always another day, but that’s not really a good excuse, is it?

I’ll get a little more specific. Here’s one way I don’t build lasting habits.

Every year, I have a goal of losing weight/getting fit/eating healthy, and every year, I’m unsatisfied with my body. Over the last few years, it’s gotten better, and my self confidence has gone up. But I still think there’s a lot more I could be doing. I’ll follow fitness trainers on instagram, buy their downloadable programs, follow them for a few weeks, then get distracted and fall off the wagon, or a holiday comes up and I’ll stop exercising altogether. You would think I didn’t have any resources.

But no, I just don’t seem to have enough oomph to reach my goal. Don’t get me wrong; this is not negative self talk. I’m simply realizing my habits and trying to be honest with myself. No sugar coating.

I just realized today how many apps, Ebooks, YouTube videos, books that I have pertaining to living a healthier lifestyle, and yet, here I am, still hovering around the same weight I’ve had for the past four years.

Something just isn’t clicking.

But I think what I have to do is simply plan better. Come up with a plan each day, down to the hour, and stick to it. If I start each morning with one healthy habit, that’s one less thing I’ll have to do when I get home from work.

Sorry this post has been mostly rambling. If you have any suggestions on building healthy habits, leave a comment below! Have a wonderful day!