making and breaking habitsPosted: February 19, 2013 | Author: rachel | Filed under: random bits | 2 Comments »
i’ve been thinking a lot about habits: how we form them, how we make them and keep them. the 30-day challenge i did with my gym in january made me realize how much i love having sugar in my life. it was really hard to avoid it completely, especially when i was stressed out. it was relatively easy to drink less alcohol and coffee, but sugar kept sucking me back in; when i was sick, when i was drained, when i was feeling like i “deserved” something. it was almost creepy how i justified it, despite trying to keep less sugar as my goal.
i saw this idea on pinterest the other day: the idea that it takes 21 days for form a habit. i’m a bit skeptical that it only takes 21 days to make something a habit. (a quick online search: the 21 day thing is considered a myth.) however, it didn’t take very long for me to form the habit of starting my day with green tea instead of coffee. plus, i love neon colored post-it notes, so i’m gonna give it a go with sugar again.
these are my first 21 days without sugar:
my goal is to remove one post-it every day until i’ve managed to not eat sugar for 21 days. i haven’t gone that long without sugar in over 2 years. i want to be able to get to day 22 and want to keep going. i realize this completely conflicts with my desire to make the perfect brownie in 2013, so maybe on day 22, i can try making a perfect brownie without refined sugar and take a bite and give the rest away.
in other news, i’m visiting a slaughter house tomorrow as part of my work with high school girls and food. i was told we could see the kill floor. i’m prepared to return from the experience convinced i need to return to being a vegetarian.
i’m bringing my camera because we have permission to take pictures and film. check back later this week for the highlights. er, maybe the low-lights.