21 days to a new me challenge
If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t take much sometimes to “fall off the wagon”. Generally I’m pretty good with my health and well-being, exercising regularly and eating well 80% of the time (for which I aim). However, a couple of weeks with a cold, run down from working too hard and not resting enough… as well as Easter – my diet and training has been pretty slack of late. It’s OK to rest, it’s OK to eat chocolate – but I know I do really well when I give myself a kick up the butt to get myself “in line” again.
The idea behind the #21daystoanewme challenge came from the old saying “It takes 21 days to break a habit” – which stemmed from the 1960s pop psychology book Psycho-Cybernatics. This book says it takes a minimum of 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to gel.
So I thought I’d invite YOU along with me on this challenge for the next 21 days!
Changing habits take time!
While there is no guaranteed time to break a habit (this study found it can take as little as 18 days, right up to 254 days to break a habit), however having a number in mind as an ‘end point’ makes it easier to feel like your heading somewhere, and gives you actionable ways to continue with your habit (eg. ticking off a list).
Remember, habits are meant to be hard to change. After all, they are formed out of repetitive actions or behaviours that eventually slip into daily routines without a thought! Breaking a bad habit is worth the effort. Even though there is no magic number of days it takes to beat a habit, once you have broken it, it’s unlikely you will find yourself slipping back.
So I’m putting it out there, here’s my habit I’m going to kick:
My bad habit – eating sweets (artificial ones, lollies and chocolate especially)!
My goals for the next 21 days:
- Clean up my diet using the Mind Body Blitz recipes and meal plan.
- Say no to sweets (chocolate especially – no more Easter eggs!).
- 3 Hiit sessions a week.
- Drink at least 2L of water a day.
Our next steps:
Before you do anything. Have a think about what habits you want to kick, as well as what health and fitness goals you have for the next three weeks.
Step 1: Click here to DOWNLOAD your FREE #21daystoanewme worksheet.
Step 2: Check in on your new habit and health goals every day using the worksheet and use the hashtag #21daystoanewme on social media to share your journey.
Step 3: Once 21 days is up – celebrate your new habit with a reward. :)
So are you in?