Creatures of Habit
Hello! It has been forever. My life has changed so much in the past few months that The Bikini Experiment simply fell right onto the back burner. I decided to make the big move down to Austin, TX and trying to figure out the logistics of packing and moving became my full-time job for a little while. I’m now getting settled and starting to find my way around my new surroundings. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen me checking out this fitness studio this morning:
Of course I wanted to get back to blogging and I kept thinking that I would dive in again “as soon as things settle down.” However, then I realized that I have not posted in an embarrassingly long time. What is the saying about life happening while we are making other plans?
After giving it some thought, my conclusion was that developing a new habit is more stressful and demands more than we realize. We want to think that we can turn anything around in a day – our health, our careers, our financial situations or our relationships. These are all demanding pursuits and they can each require considerable time and attention to thrive. No one ever gets good or excels in a one day turn around. It’s an illusion that is totally fueled by the social media around us. Facebook never captures the whole story. I enjoy blogging, but I am also still learning the ropes, and it is not part of my identity yet. I was trying to do way too much too soon. I wanted to blog every day, and I was not really in a place in my life where I could make that level of commitment. However, my abrupt blog hiatus was a harsh reminder to me that slow and steady progress is really the answer. Everyday was a loft goal when maybe once a week would have been a solid start.
I was thinking about how to explain my online absence the other day because even with my life being completely chaotic I was still able to drink lots of water (my Hydro Flask is my constant companion) as well as eat well and exercise. The time you put into developing your habits pays off when life goes off the rails because I can truly be on auto-pilot in those areas when I need to be. True change is gradual – one habit at a time. So relax a little bit today and try to drink a little extra water. Add lemon if you need some flavor and your body will appreciate the effort. Maybe it will be a little easier to repeat tomorrow and the next day. It’s all about getting started. I’m going to publish this post and I know that the next one will come a little more easily to me.
So here I am! Ready to be back at it. I hope (and know) we will catch up again sooner rather than later.