Breaking Bad (Habits)

August 13, 2012 · 8 comments

in HEALTH

Who’s a fan of Breaking Bad? I can honestly say that I don’t remember the last TV show I liked so much. Sure, it can be crazy and depressing, but the characters—and the relationships they have with each other—are so real. And just when you think things can’t possibly get more insane than they already are, they do. I could go on and on about my crush on Jesse, soft spot for Walter Jr. and obsession with Hank—my hero—but unfortunately this post not about meth heads and drug dealers. Sorry.

So, breaking bad habits isn’t quite as exciting of a topic, but it sure is an important one—especially when it comes to healthy eating. A lot of times, poor food choices are just that—habits. Someone might have a doughnut and a sugar-laden cup of coffee for breakfast everyday, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what they truly want. Somewhere along the line, for one reason or another, it became a habit. Putting the kibosh on old habits can seem like an impossible feat, so it’s really important to set yourself up for success by starting with small goals.

One day I just up and decided that I really needed to end my love affair with ice cream. We were having nightly rendezvous on my couch and it wasn’t doing anything positive for my self-esteem. First, I decided which day of the week I would absolutely not have ice cream or any type of dessert after dinner. One day. That day came and it was business as usual, and then the evening rolled around I started to have a mini panic attack about not having my favorite treat. I was agitated, pissed off and anxious. Should I just have it? Will one day really make a difference? I thought. And after about 10 minutes of sitting with these uncomfortable emotions, I was able to get passed them. I didn’t give in and it made me see that, albeit hard, this habit was one I could break!

Having that one successful experience made me realize that it was possible to have another one. And so the next week, I set the intention and did it again. And I kept building from there. I think one problem I had was that I resigned myself to the fact that having ice cream after every meal is just something I do. But why? Was I really enjoying it that much? Not really. And now when I have a treat, it actually is one because I’m not having it all the time. And I’m also not wasting my well-earned calories on Weight Watchers bars or peppermint patties. Please. When I really want it, I get the good stuff: Gelato, dark chocolate, cupcakes and oh yes…American Globs. (Above: Soft serve dipped in chocolate with sea salt and pretzels!)

So, what bad habits do you need to work on? Any BB fans out there??

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lizac August 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

The BB pic is so bad ass, I love it! Good advice. I need to cut many bad habits…like that third or fourth glass of wine; having a diet coke everyday; making the weekends a free-for-all as far as eating (and sometimes drinking) is concerned! Man, I have a lot to work on!

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Wannabe Health Nut August 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

 @lizac Badass, indeed! Love those crazy guys, ha! Just focus on one of the habits you’d like to break and take it from there. Baby steps are best for creating long-term, sustainable habits. You can do it!

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LisaEirene September 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows out there. I will be so sad when it’s gone! :(
 
As for bad habits…when I was trying to lose 100 pounds, I had to stop eating my two triggers foods entirely: pizza and ice cream. For two years I avoided them and lost the weight. After keeping it off for 4 years now, I can eat my old trigger foods in moderation and not go over board (thankfully). But breaking that bad habit in the beginning was HARD. 

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Wannabe Health Nut September 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

 @LisaEirene Pizza and ice cream are/were my trigger foods too! I eat a lot less pizza these days and the ice cream…well…I’m getting there. Work in progress. :) It’s funny how “easy” it is to do without those foods once you get into the habit of treating them as an occasional indulgence.

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