Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Healthy Living Is Not Just A Habit...

They say it takes 10, 15, or is it 21 days to form a new habit?

Whatever it is...

I believe there is much more involved than just a simple stat to instil in our lives whatever it is we seek.

If there's anything I've learned over the past 4 1/2 years in my journey to healthy living it's that...

Consistency is what makes something you want, for yourself, stick.


It's not just the number of days, months, or...

Hours spent doing something that will result in change (don't get me wrong, investing our time into our well-being is essential!) but...

It's also about being...

Willing and committed as well as...

Holding ourselves accountable to keep what we have going....

Going! (I mean, it all starts with you!)

That being said...

Our intentions, goals, resolutions, what have you...

These very wants and needs may change, as we change, as individuals and...

It is in those moments that...

We have to look at what's important to us in our growth as we move forward. (Which I believe to be applicable in all things in life!)

Which way are you headed? ;)

But in speaking to my goal of...

Getting myself on track with my health and fitness...

I can tell you right now that...

It took more than 21 days to make it feel like eating food with benefits and exercising were habits...

And in some way...

Like a natural part of me! (I really don't know how long it took but it wasn't 21 days to make my sedentary and junk food ridden lifestyle escape me! lol)

Because I loved me some mindlessly eating!

That being said...

Healthy living isn't a habit (in my opinion)...

It's a lifestyle! (One that I continuously work at every day! I mean, how easy would it be to just stop?!)

**Of course, FUelling my body right (not just with food! lol) comes more naturally to me now than it did before but, I wouldn't call it habit....I'd say it's a choice. A choice to instil the principles of healthy living into my schedule to FIT my overall needs that will, inevitably, lead to a healthier me**

No doubt...

It would be easy to fall back into my old habits and...

Revert to my couch potato ways but...

I don't want to.

I like feeling good from the inside out.

I like treating my body with the love and care it deserves and...

I love the mental and physical strength I've gained throughout my journey! (I've learned a lot throughout the years and I/m grateFUl for all of those things that have made me stronger, like patience!)


All in all...

If healthy living is something you strive for...

Go for it, work at it and...

Keep it going! (For more than 21 days hehe)

Questions FU You...

Do you  believe that it takes 21 days to create a new habit? Is there a habit you adopted or kicked in that time frame?
What do you love most about healthy living?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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29 comments:

  1. Yes Kierston! Great post! I love the way you go through your posts, makes it so easy to read, and I scroll doing saying"yes", "yes", yes!" :)

    I notice that my training is SO MUCH BETTER when I eat right, my body feels fueled and ready to go, which means I run faster....so accomplish my goals, and step closer to that Great Britain Jersey! So worth it :)

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    1. Thanks for your words Tina!

      It's amazing how FUelling ourselves right does the body and mind good!

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  2. I just read a piece yesterday which said the new thought is 66 days to make a habit (!!!!!!)
    that feels looong but that feels as tho it would STICK.

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  3. YES! Itz a lifestyle - you nailed it!

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  4. You're right- it's about a lifestyle, not a diet or quick fix. When it's a lifestyle, it doesn't feel restrictive or temporary- it's finding what you love that you can stick with for good!

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    1. There are no quick fixes, you are totally right. .If you want something to stick...you gotta work at it and find a way that suits you best in order to keep at it!

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  5. Completely agree!!! It is a lifestyle!!! That is why so many "diets" fail is that people see it as a fix instead of a lifestyle! I love how healthy living makes me feel!

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  6. I love that all possibilities are open. Healthy living let me live the life I want to live.
    I think how long it takes to form habits depends on the person. Some people can get in a rhythm very quickly and for others its months. Every journey is just going to be different.

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    1. Yes, we are all different and we must find a way that will enable us to keep going...whether we figure this out in a week or a year, or however long. And I'm totally with you on finding your own rhythm. It's about dancing to your own beat, and finding that groove that makes you feel most groovy ;)

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  7. I agree! Being active is a choice you need to make over and over again. :)

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  8. You know how they say, dress for the job you WANT --- well, eat right and exercise for the body you WANT and, you will get there if you make it a healthy habit . . . . a lifestyle choice as you said

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  9. I do think that it takes more than 21 days. Maybe after a certain point you just stop having to think about it so much. For me it's definitely a lifestyle. It's just what I do. I don't know how to describe it much more to people. Working out, trying to eat healthy ... it's just what I do.

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    1. I remember when I first started, I wrote almost everything down, I planned WAY ahead and I thought of how I was going to FIT it all in. As I furthered myself in my journey, the lifstyle came more naturally to me...without my having to think about it as frequently as I once did.

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  10. Creating a healthy lifestyle takes sure more than 21 days, but I think this period is good for a start off - and we adapt it along the journey, right? I remember that my understanding of healthy was completely different from what it is today. And yes, it is all about staying accountable and following goals that make us happy!

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    1. I think day 1 is a step in the right direction. And I agree, it's about finding your healthy groove and making it work for you :)

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  11. I think you are right--it's more than a 21-day thing. 21 days is a good start, but not the be all/end all. But once you do get there, it feels too good to go back, no?

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  12. I agree! I used to be a quick-fix, on and then off again type of trainer/dieter. Over the past few years I have shifted my perspective and started training and fueling consistently - WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! You are rockstar!

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  13. Well, this is timely... I'm doing a 21 day clean eating cleanse right now. Of course, habits take time... but this program is a good jump start. I do it about once a year to reset and re focus. One of my best parts is that I recruit friends to do it with me - we commiserate and have a great time exchanging recipes!

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    1. Sounds like your refresh is going to be a blast...a tasty blast :)

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  14. I have never thought of working out and the way I live as a habit but I definitely consider it a lifestyle:)

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  15. I love this!!! I'm not sure if 21 days is exactly the right mark for me either, but I will say that it does take a bit of time--long enough to start feeling the positive affects of good changes--in order to feel more committed to a new habit. And then it just gets easier. Feeling benefits/results is the best motivation to keep up good habits!

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  16. yes yes, i so agree. It takes a lifetime. You strive each day for growth. that's what counts, ya know?

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  17. I totally believe this. When I try something new, like a workout or way of eating I try to give myself a month to decide if it is working for me or not.

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  18. Oh, great post and I really needed to read this tonight. I'm tired but I'm still going to CHOOSE to be healthy because I WANT to feel good.

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  19. I don't believe a certain amount of days creates a habit, I think a MINDSET is what creates it! If you magically think in 21 days you're going to be "cured" or healthy.... Then you've got some other issues you need to take care of first before your physical health. lol

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  20. So true about it taking more than 21 days. My passion for health and fitness built up over time and wasn't just some quick thing. I think so often people want a quick fix when as you said good old consistency is where it is at.

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  21. Yes! Yes! Yes! It's absolutely about creating a healthy lifestyle. There's so much that goes into it all.

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