Don’t let holidays mess up habits

When the holidays come around, the habits you’re working on get put on hold. It can even disrupt the habits you’ve already developed. For instance, one habit I have – not snacking during the day – was broken when the wine and pepperoni came out before we went out to dinner.

I can’t blame this completely on New Year’s Eve, but it had something to do with it. So the question becomes, do you let loose during the holidays and break your good habits? I don’t think so. You made certain activities habits for a reason: because they prevent you from doing things detrimental to your wellbeing.

So when the holidays come around, don’t give in. Put in that extra little bit of willpower and secure the practice you’ve worked so hard on to make a habit. And if you break it, notice how breaking it doesn’t make you feel good. For instance, that cheese and pepperoni didn’t give me any enjoyment. It tasted good for a few seconds, but other than that, nada.

I recognize this now.

What I did

  • Did some contract work
  • Took the doggie for a long walk
  • Went to Starbucks and did contract work
  • Took a nap
  • Ate lobster at Mitchell’s Fish Market with parents
  • Read Snow Crash

What I ate

  • Breakfast: coffee with milk, smoothie with banana, strawberries, peanut butter, and milk
  • Lunch: spinach and carrot smoothie, cashews, dates, pinto beans
  • Snack: cheese, crackers, pepperoni, wine
  • Dinner: whole lobster with butter, asparagus, mashed potatoes, sourdough bread with butter, 2 mixed drinks

How I moved

  • 2-mile walk

What I’m grateful for

  • Driving in the snow on the way to somewhere good (the cafe)
  • Language in the written form so I can escape into different worlds created by people other than me while still creating my own ideas in those worlds (basically fiction writing or novels)

What to work on

  • Pushing myself to exercise, even when it’s cold out
  • Eating three meals per day and nothing else really (except a few drinks)
  • Choosing to read something instead of scrolling through social media feeds