Changing habits

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An Indecisive Moment

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Changing habits is a life-long process for me and I often fight against it. I must be single-minded in my pursuit of change. Being indecisive is not a good place to be.

I used to be a heavy smoker. I boasted that I was good at giving it up as I did it so often :-). I am pleased to say that I haven’t smoked for over ten years now. I gave them up “cold turkey”. There are many good reasons to not smoke: health; finances; being socially acceptable (smokers can be isolated and ostracized today); consideration of the effect of passive smoke on others; etc.

How did I do it and why? It doesn’t seem to matter today except that I made the decision and I stuck with it. I still get tempted at times but I just remind myself of all the reasons why I stopped.

I have changed the way I eat in recent years. Sometimes I am surprised about it because I actually eat a healthy diet (mostly) today. For a few years I ate a low-fat diet. I didn’t restrict anything else in my diet and I realise now that I really don’t like fatty foods  today and they make me feel ill if I do eat them. I still like ice-cream though – I go for the low-fat ones.

I think it helps to keep it as simple as possible. I don’t enter into a discussion of “will I or won’t I ?”.

The one area I still struggle with is being physically active. Recently I had a goal to lose some weight for my son’s wedding and I went to the gym nearly every day. Since the wedding, I am less motivated to continue, even though I enjoy being able to fit into my clothes better and I know I enjoyed doing the exercise.

I did some study a few years ago and I made a commitment to doing at least 30 minutes of study each evening. I was able to meet this schedule with the support of my partner reminding me each evening. I had a goal to pass all my units and to get good results and my persistence paid off. 

After I got my qualification, I still felt the desire to do something each evening and made a commitment to write 300 word stories, about anything I felt like. This was good practise for when the WordPress Challenge to write each day came along.

On reflection, I see that I CAN make changes to my habits if I keep them simple, clear and achievable, and do something small each day  to reach my goals (it is critical for me to have a goal to reach). I avoid comparisons with others and can be pleased with what I do achieve.

cheers for now




  1. Habits are hard to cahnge, I too quit smoking about 10 or so yrs ago. I have challenged myself to eat healthy, and get fit.. I am subscribing to your blog so I can read more.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience and for subscribing to my blog. It is great to share similar experiences as then we know we are not alone it what challenges us.


  2. Well said, even though it can be difficult to make changes, when we commit to making a change, the universe supports our effort. We can start in small steps. 🙂

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