Three months later, I'm going to yoga three times a week, with only an occasional lapse into lazy. What happened? I stuck with it, going when I could, and over time it became a habit. It feels natural now, part of my routine.
In my last blog, I wrote about a client who organized all her storage containers then took the "take-a-minute" pledge: to put the containers and lids back in their proper places when done with them. She, too, knew that if she didn't work at developing that habit, the cabinets would soon be a jumble again.
But this is about more than regular exercise or tidy cabinets. It's really about taking care of yourself, about thinking about what is good and necessary for you and doing it. Committing to change, taking small steps, practicing until they become habit, then taking more.
Recently I decided to give up a bad habit: mindless snacking after 9 p.m., which I've done for 50 years. In eight weeks, I've only had two lapses, and both times I went right back to my "program." I know, of course, that not snacking is better for me. But just as important, I now see myself in a new light — as a person who can make a good choice and stick with it.
And with time and practice, I know that not snacking will be my new habit.