23 and 1/2 hours.

Posted in: behavior change, habit design, health, human behavior, psychology- Jan 28, 2013 Comments Off on 23 and 1/2 hours.

Ack! Alright then! < my initial reaction to this video

Backstory: I used to exercise religiously. I would wake up every morning before dawn and walk the 10 minutes to the gym and exercise for an hour and half–50 minutes cardio, the rest strength training and stretching. I lost a lot of weight and loved working out. I remembering saying it was the best part of my day.

Then I hurt my back and couldn’t exercise for a few weeks…

That was over a year ago and I have struggled with getting back to the routine. I have put on a considerable amount of weight–turns out one habit supports the other. No exercise = no calorie counting. So the thing that eludes me is why something so enjoyable is so hard to restart? Has my love of leisurely mornings outstripped my love of the endorphin rush and feeling fit? My love of food grown larger than feeling healthy and disciplined? As I write that, it just seems ridiculous!

So… baby steps. Half an hour a day. Walking or moving. Nothing more. I’m gonna try it.


(For what it’s worth, I’m an avid follower of habit design. I’m intrigued by what it takes to form and break habits. I am convinced there are some universal truths but it ultimately comes down to YOU. What makes you tick. What gets you going and bottom line, what makes you happy. So start listening to yourself. And now, I shall attempt to practice what I preach!)

Addendum to blogpost: Aw, crap. > How to Gain or Lose 30 Minutes of Life Every Day: bit.ly/VgS61a#behaviorchange via @adamdole