October 10, 2007

Developing Good Habits

Boy it's hard to break bad habits and replace them with good ones. This morning, for example, I dragged myself out of bed at 5 am and spent 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. I had to get up earlier than normal because with only one functioning shower, we have a tight schedule for everyone to get ready in the morning. (Isn't that bathroom remodel done yet, honey?)

Earlier this year, for five months in a row, I'd gotten into the great habit of working out at least four days a week. Then we went on vacation - and it was only for 6 days - but that's all it took for me to get out of the habit of getting up early and exercising. Even though exercising made me feel better and helped me to lose a few pounds, I had trouble motivating myself to get up and do it.

I suppose it comes down to self-discipline and conquering the "natural man". When we're snuggled into our comfortable beds (and mine is super comfortable), and we don't really have to get up yet, it doesn't take much to convince ourselves to sleep that extra thirty to forty-five minutes.

There are lots of good habits I need to develop - eating healthier, reading my scriptures daily, working on my latest novel.

It can be challenging when you get pulled in many different directions at once, difficult to choose the best over the good. I guess what it really comes down to is priorities. Making time for what's most important and discarding the things that waste our time.

What good habits are you trying to develop?


Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm trying to do a total health overhaul, and boy, do I know what you mean by only a couple of days being enough to get you off track. When it comes to exercising, I almost panic if I miss a day because I know it's going to be so much harder the next time around!

I admire you for that 5 am thing --that's something that completely eludes me.

Christine Kersey said...

Dang, Tristi! If I'd read your comment last night maybe I would've gotten up and exercised this morning. But I think I was asleep when you posted.

And I have to say, it's a little easier to get up a 5 because my husband is already up at that time. If I was the first one to roll out of bed I don't think I could do it.

Traci Hunter Abramson said...

I definitely need to start working out again! I simply haven't figured out where it is going to fit into my day. Then again, maybe I could trade my comfy bed in for a not-so-comfy one and I wouldn't want to sleep all night!

Anne Bradshaw said...

Hi Christine. Good for you being an early bird. That's when I start the day, also. Wish it were a little lighter. Get a lot done though in the wee quiet hours.

Christine Kersey said...

Yeah, I wish I could get by on 5 hours of sleep. Go to bed at Midnight and get up at 5 am. I could get so much done that way.