14 Nov Habits and The CPR Method
Can you believe that we have less than 50 days until the end of the decade? Pretty crazy! In light of this reality, why wait until January 1 to start or stop a habit? As much as we would love iti to, time won’t slow down or wait on you, so let’s talk about the power of habits and prime the pump for successfully achieving your personal wellness goals sooner rather than later.
While there are plenty of habits to tackle, a biggie for all of us (regardless of fitness level) is eating habits. Sarah has been reading practical and helpful information to understand the ins and outs of habits and she shared an incredible article that not only explains how habit formation occurs, but it explains real-life examples and ideas to empower each of us to focus on a specific eating habit AND make it stick. I don’t know about you, but the follow through of making it stick is the most challenging piece for me.
The article shares:
In essence, all habits involve these 3 steps:
- Cue (the trigger that initiates the behavior)
- Practice or Performance (the behavior itself)
- Reward (the benefit you get from doing the behavior)
As an example, here’s how the habit of eating sugar breaks down:
- You get stressed (cue)
- You reach for a piece of chocolate (practice or performance)
- You instantly feel calmer (reward)
Can you relate to this chocolate example?? Meeee either. While the CPR method sounds pretty simple and straightforward, we know that real-life is a lot more complicated than we would like it to be, so how can we apply this method on a regular basis? The article also shares specific ideas to improve eating habits, such as:
- How to eat your greens
- Drinking more water
- Eating 8-10 servings of veggies and fruits each day
These examples provide a wonderful template to customize your habit and have the tools to implement the CPR method. If you’re still wanting more the author moves into three common myths about habits. They might surprise you!
With 2020 creeping up, what can you do to finish this decade strong? Is there a healthy eating habit that you would like to tackle? If so, don’t keep it to yourself – tell your boot camp coach and work out pals. We’re on your team!
by Victoria Emmitt RD