Habit Forming

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 272017
 

My daughter-in-law, Geli, says that if you do something 24 days in a row it becomes a habit, and if you do it for 40 days it becomes a lifestyle. I have heard that before, and I’ve also heard it’s a myth. I’m not sure which is true, but if the 24 day thing has any validity to it, I’m close to forming a habit. And unlike most of my habits, this is actually a good one.



I shared with you a while back that in an effort to lose weight, I’ve cut out almost all of my junk food intake and I started using a NordicTrack treadmill. As I said then, starting out at the slowest pace, about ten minutes was all I could do before getting winded, but within a couple of days I was able to up the speed a bit and do 20 minutes twice a day, and from there I started doing two half-mile sessions a day, gradually working up the speed.

For the last four days I’ve been doing a one-mile session in the morning at a fast walk, and either a half mile or another full mile in the evening before I get ready for bed. And the crazy thing is, I’m actually beginning to enjoy it! I put my iPod on, play some Jimmy Buffett or Billy Joel, and away I go. And while it’s just a drop in the bucket, I have lost 12 pounds in the last two weeks. Of course, I really need to lose about 10 times that much, but what the heck, it’s a start.

I’ve been busy laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and so far I have 25 of 44 pages done. So things are coming together right on schedule. Terry spent much of yesterday getting files organized on her old iMac and copying them to Dropbox in preparation for setting up her new HP laptop. The iMac has turned in such a clunker that it’s really frustrating her trying to get it to work long enough to retrieve the files. Fortunately, the biggest majority of them are also backed up to an external hard drive, which will make things a little easier.



It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Slow Falling, book six in my friend George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – These days my wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.

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  12 Responses to “Habit Forming”

  1. Congratulations on your exercise regimen Nick. We walked all winter, 2.5 miles a day in preparation for my back surgery. Now a month after back surgery, I am back up to 2 miles every morning. Incidentally, that is the only therapy I can do and just what the doctor ordered. He is beyond pleased with my progress. I was reading about exercise the other day, and for us old farts, walking is by far the best we can do for ourselves. I’ve lost 20 lbs, and that is good for me. But I am doing this mainly for the cardiovascular and spine benefits.

  2. Great progress so far. Keep on trackin’ Nick!

  3. Good for you Nick!
    And yes it does become a habit, to the point that if you miss a day, you really feel the difference in lack of the new level of energy you have become used to.
    Just keep on going.

  4. Congrats on your new habit- it’s a great one.

  5. You seem like a creature of habit Nick, so I’m sure you can stick with it. Most of us could stand to lose that ring around the waist and your progress might just start a movement! I lost an old friend this week from diabetes and I’ll save the gory details, but it’s certainly not the way we want to check out of this life.

    Keep up the good work and inspiration to others!

  6. Good for you. Walking is good, no running (bad for joints at our age).
    Keep on keeping on.

  7. Congrats on your new routine,
    I don’t know if Terry tried this or not but reformatting a hard drive on an old computer brought mine back up to par. I did have to back everything up before reformatting and then reinstall but it runs like new after doing that.

    Ray

  8. Right on! I am impressed and proud of you for your “habit.” Good luck on keeping it up. I used a Nordic Track when we had a house but when we hit the road, we started walking two miles a day so that works too.

  9. Congratulations on the new habit! May it become an obsession!

    When I was still in our S&B I used to have a TV with DVDs in front of the treadmill. I’d watch TV shows and movies while walking briskly. Often I’d become so engrossed in the show that I’d be on the treadmill for the full 90 to 120 minutes of the movie! 🙂

  10. That’s great Nick, keep on trucking

  11. Whatever works for you. Good. Stick with it.

  12. This is so awesome! Super excited for you! 😀

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