Breaking the Habit

Lately, I have been in the habit of eating either oatmeal or a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast.  This morning I opted for one in the same–an all natural peanut butter concoction on a toasted deli flat.  Though it was no ordinary sammie due to the addition of a sweet, sliced plum, a drizzle of honey, and a slight dusting of nutmeg.

Plum + PB

Very little thought effort was put into packing my lunch for today due to my having a meeting prior to the workday, so I wanted to be on time.  I have a bad habit of running late, but have gotten better about it.  So I hastily made a wrap using a Flatout Healthy Grain flatbread, dijonaisse, oven roasted chicken deli slices, and an italian lettuce blend.  On side, I noshed on some sliced cucumbers and red peppers leftover from last night’s Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad.  I also had a small piece of carrot cake made for a coworker’s birthday (unpictured).  Couldn’t pass up a slice of carrot cake with oh so tasty cream cheese icing.

Wrap + Veggies + Dijonaisse in Hiding

Dijonaisse Plays Peek-a-Boo

Once the work day finally ended, I headed to the gym.  Cardio consisted of 20 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the bike, 15 minutes on the arc trainer, and about 10 minutes of stretching/abs.  I enjoyed half of my Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar before today’s cardio session, and half after.

Peanut Butter Cookie Bar

After the gym, I made a quick stop home to let the dogs out and then headed over to my sister’s house to  visit and have dinner with her, my nephew, and my mom.  As Mom always says, “You fly, I buy.”  So the order was placed and I picked up our dinner.  We had po’boys from a local place called Come Back Inn.  It is a small, informal restaurant where orders are placed upon entering at the counter and your number is called when it’s ready to be picked up.  Sis had a half ham ‘n cheese, dressed.  Mom and I each had a half roast beef, dressed.  (The whole is 12 inches as a normal sub and half is 6.  Dressed means lettuce, tomato, and mayo.)  We also enjoyed some of the crispy, well-seasoned fried onion rings.

Roast Beef Po'Boy and Rings

Sloppy Roast Beef

I went back for some more onion rings than what is photoed.  Thanks Mom for the SUPA Suppa!  :)

On occasion I do go out to eat, order take-out, and eat what I want.  But most times I will try to make conscientious healthy decisions.  Prior to my new found love of eating, being, and living healthy, I would eat out four or more times a week.  And there was no “let me stop and think about what I am going to eat.”  It was more like, “I had a bad day; I deserve a quarter pounder with cheese with large fries and a diet coke on side.”  Diet Coke with a 1,000+ calorie meal.  Is that a joke if I ever heard one?  Kicking the fast food habit does take willpower, at first.  I would have cravings, but it is about actually stopping and thinking, “Is that food worth it?”  It will not make one feel better, only bloated and sluggish.  It will not lift one’s mood.  If anything, it made me more depressed because I felt like such a pig after I ate it.  Then I would sit on the couch immobile and watch t.v. just letting it all settle inside.  So, it is really about making a choice–choosing to live a healthy life or bring about much of the disease that is ridding our nation.   I CHOOSE TO BE HEALTHY!

After the choice is made it is so simple.  I now get joy out of decorating my plate with vivid, colorful vegetables.  When I take the time to pay attention to my food, to taste my food the experience is a lot better.  And when I run out of vegetables for a couple days of not getting to the grocery my body begins to crave them now instead of the fattening junk lining the highways.  As for rewarding myself for having a bad day, I go to the gym.  It does wonders for stress release and I always feel better about myself once that workout has been accomplished.

Another habit that I have recently broken is nail biting.  As long as I can remember I have bitten my nails.  At times through high school and college, I would wear acrylic nails just to prevent me from biting my own.  Tonight as I was talking to my sister, she stopped me to ask if I had acrylics on.  Nope, I have stopped biting my nails.  It has been about a month since my last visit to the nail shop.  Mom treated me to something called gel polish for my natural, chewed up, short nails at that visit.  The gel polish is thicker than regular nail polish and lasts two to three weeks.  During those next three weeks, I did not bite my nails because of the polish.  After that I soaked the gel off and they’ve been growing since.  I also find staying really busy a deterrent to nail biting.  I do not sit in front of the t.v. gnawing away.  I do not chew at them in my car because I keep my mind busy with ideas for blogs, planning my day’s lesson in my head, or listening and singing along with the Christian music station, Lifesongs.  Also, working out relieves much more stress than any amount  of nail biting could do.  That is how I nipped the whole nail biting habit in the bud.

Questions of the Night:  What bad habits have you been able to break and how did you accomplish that feat?  Are there any bad habits that you are currently trying to put a stop to?


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