I have never had any of the usual addictions as smoking, gambling, alcoholism, etc. For this I’m glad, but I have always been weak for unhealthy food as candy, sweets, soda, etc. During the last few years I have tried a numerous of things to stop this habit, but there have always been bad excuses for me or sometimes I couldn’t say no when I was on a dinner party.
Just before my operation last month I remembered an old comic where one of the characters marked an X in his calendar every day to count down for the weekend. I thought about it and decided to implement it for my life.
How the system works
I found the calendar you can see above online and printed it. Then I hung it on my bedroom door resulting in me staring at it every morning and evening.
Every evening just before I’m going to bed I think back on the day. If I managed a whole day without eating any unhealthy snacks, cookies, soda, etc. I mark the date with a red X.
During the day when I feel the urge to eat something unhealthy I simply think about my calendar and decide to not eat it because I want a clean sheet.
Use it to everything
People usually says it takes about 30 days to create a new habit and in this case I will go on using this for at least two months, then I will evaluate and see if the urge is still there. If not I can easily adapt my method to any new habit I would like to implement into my life. At the moment I’m thinking about taking a bracing walk every day.
Discussion: What are your good or bad habits and what do you do to keep them or try to break them?