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How long does it take to change a habit? some say 21 days--depends on the habit!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick" by Jeremy Dean
"In a study carried out at University College London, 96 participants were asked to choose an everyday behavior that they wanted to turn into a habit. "

"The simple answer is that, on average, across the participants who provided enough data, it took 66 days emoticon until a habit was formed. As you might imagine, there was considerable variation in how long habits took to form depending on what people tried to do. People who resolved to drink a glass of water after breakfast were up to maximum automaticity after about 20 days, while those trying to eat a piece of fruit with lunch took at least twice as long to turn it into a habit. The exercise habit proved most tricky with “50 sit-ups after morning coffee,” still not a habit after 84 days for one participant. “Walking for 10 minutes after breakfast,” though, was turned into a habit after 50 days for another participant"

"Although the study only covered 84 days, by extrapolating the curves, it turned out that some of the habits could have taken around 254 days to form — the better part of a year! " emoticon

"What this research suggests is that 21 days to form a habit is probably right, as long as all you want to do is drink a glass of water after breakfast. Anything harder is likely to take longer to become a really strong habit, and, in the case of some activities, much longer." emoticon
www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014
/01/02/how-long-it-takes-to-form-a-new
-habit/

  
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HAPPY-DESTINY 4/24/2014 12:15AM

    I love all of the research that has been done on perhaps 'willing' as well as 'non-willing' participants!

As for me.. and I can only speak for me . . it takes one day to form a new habit . . Today!

I have been sugar free for 13 days now because I MAKE it a habit to not eat refined sugar each day!

Semantics..? Perhaps . . yet I think it is the day to day things that we do that eventually gain numbers and then we call it 'habit'!

I believe that if the motivation is there and a decision is made . . then a new lifestyle begins in that moment!

Nice blog though.. great info.. Thank you for posting the link! You are emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 4/23/2014 11:21PM

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CELLA_P 4/23/2014 10:07PM

    That sounds like it makes good sense... emoticon

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ELSCO55 4/23/2014 9:33PM

    Interesting

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KMARTIN963 4/23/2014 7:37PM

    Its funny but I just wrote in my blog about forming habits and I came across your post! I needed to hear this. Thanks! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/23/2014 6:35PM

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1AVERY 4/23/2014 4:01PM

    INTERESTING

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LOU1DAY 4/23/2014 3:28PM

    Good to know, and probably a "must-read" before making any New Year's Resolutions! The interesting article to read would be the follow-up to see how many of those who had formed a habit within the 84 days still had it a year later. Then, the thing to do would be to determine which habits lasted and which ones didn't. Having a glass of water with or after breakfast may be an easy habit to keep up, but doing 50 sit-ups after morning coffee or walking 10 minutes after breakfast may be well-intentioned habits that can be broken with just a few days of a different schedule.

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RITAVALENTA 4/23/2014 3:09PM

    Good info for those of us who need to break bad habits and incorporate new ones. With any luck I will be in the habit of my daily walks before winter hits again.

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Pool exercise classes have become a habit for me!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I always knew water exercises were best or me. Finally it has become a habit and if I don't go, I miss it. I never thought this would happen for me. chris emoticon

  
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SHELTER_PETS 4/24/2014 6:12AM

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2DAWN4 4/24/2014 12:53AM

  I feel the same way about my workouts!


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ARTJAC 4/23/2014 11:21PM

    ME TOO emoticon

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ALIHIKES 4/23/2014 9:32PM

    That is great! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/23/2014 6:32PM

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KATHARINEBRAY 4/23/2014 3:40PM

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I GO TUESDAY & THURSDAY . ITS A REAL WORK OUT

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CHERIJ16 4/23/2014 2:11PM

    I love exercising in the pool. I need to make it a priority for me!

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FROSTY99 4/23/2014 1:45PM

    I had not been going to the pool since Dec and enjoyed an hour there yesterday-that is my resolution for May-get to the pool 3-4 times a week!

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RHOOK20047 4/23/2014 1:42PM

    Yes, that is one I need to learn and do! If only I could find an extra 4-5 hours a day!

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REGILIEH 4/23/2014 1:31PM

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WHYNOTJ1 4/23/2014 1:05PM

    I feel the same way!

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 4/23/2014 1:01PM

    I love walking lapse at our community pool. They have a current pool and I walk against the current for an hour while the kids play on the slide and water park area. It is a great workout just wish I knew how to track it on Spark.

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oops! sorry : ( negative reviews on amazing arms!!!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

www.does-the-product-work.com/amazin
g-arms/


oh well--if it seems too good to be true, it is probably too good to be true!

  
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ARTJAC 4/23/2014 11:22PM

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SIEGRID 4/23/2014 7:48PM

    Ummm, yeah, and just where does the fat (sorry, loose skin, fat, whatever) go to. It has to go somewhere, as it can't just disappear. I really wish there was a magic whatever cause my arms are awful and yes I do exercise them, got nice biceps, but that's it. I also wish that so many women weren't so gullible as to waste their hard earned money on this junk.


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CATLADY52 4/23/2014 2:41PM

    I think I'll try a lot of arm exercises instead. I'll save my money. emoticon

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LAURANCE 4/23/2014 1:12PM

  Well, now that I know that these products exist I'm on the lookout for other brands and kinds. I found this info thanks to Nice Mr. Google:

Alternative to Amazing Arms Shapewear

Don’t be gullible and fall for this Amazing Arms scam. You can try these arms shape-wears as an alternative to Amazing Arms. They can help you feel more confident and it can boost your self-esteem.

Sleevey Wonders
http://www.sleeveywonder
s.com/pages/How-Sleeveys-Work.h
tml

SlimMe Arm Shapers by MeMoi
http://www.amazon.com/Slim
Me-womens-Control-Shapers-MSM-1
40/dp/B009VJE1UG

Leg Luxe Arm Shapewear
http://www.legluxe.com
/c/shapewear/arm-shapewear
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BR>Mary Portas & Charnos Plain Armery
http://www.mytights.com/u
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ARMore Clasisic Arm Shaper
http://www.yourcontour.co
m/store/index.php?route=product
/product&path=66&product_id=150


Right now I don't have time to hunting for reviews of these products. I don't want to spend the money till I've read what other people have to say. But if you have some time to kill, you could go internet surfing and hunting for reviews.

I'll be looking around for such things. With luck I'll be belly dancing at a performance again some time in the fall, and it would be nice to have a way to keep the flabby bat wings from wigglin' 'n' jigglin'.

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My new audio book on Habits

Wednesday, April 23, 2014



Of course I want to know the magic key to changing the habits that are keeping me obese. I have listened only to the first CD. It explains scientific research on certain brain parts essential for making--and changing--habits.

The author says this is the basis of his research on habits and changing them:


THE FRAMEWORK:

Identify the routine

Experiment with rewards

Isolate the cue

Have a plan


chris

  
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ARTJAC 4/23/2014 11:22PM

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Fashion solution for flabby arms!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

www.getamazingarms.com/ (fixed link)

The only problem is I would want to wear sleeveless things to be cooler.
Covering the arms like this would probably defeat the purpose.

I need to think about this product a bit more.

I found this by looking up Kiniseo tape--which I had never heard of before. And that lead me eventually to compression coverings for arms and legs, etc. --including shear, colorful coverings for the boring tan compression coverings.

I never know where my internet travels will take me!

chris

  
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ARTJAC 4/23/2014 11:23PM

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PATRICIA441 4/23/2014 2:18PM

  I have this problem also and even with exercise at my age they do not firm up. I am wearing tops that go to my elbow. Works for me.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/23/2014 12:03PM

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WINDSWEPTACRES 4/23/2014 11:39AM

    Arm girdles? No, thanks. I'm an old lady with old lady arms, and I'm just glad they still work.

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LAURANCE 4/23/2014 11:33AM

  Hey, I just did some more googling, and I see that there are an awful lot of negative reviews of this product. I'm not going to spend my money.
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LAURANCE 4/23/2014 11:18AM

  The link didn't work for me either, so I googled and found the site:

https://www.getamazing
arms.com

It appears to be the stuff after the .com that is preventing the link from working.

And this is the very thing I was wanting and wondering if such a thing exists. I like to do belly dancing. But I'm 72 and have these old lady flabby drooping arms. Not a problem in belly dancing class, but when I performed back in March I wore sleeves that concealed and held the flab up.

I'm too old to wear those skimpy sexy belly dancing clothes. I wore a costume that covered me and was age-appropriate. But if I wanted to dance in short sleeves I'd want something to hold the flab in place.

Thanks so much for telling us about this!
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MJEFFERSON23 4/23/2014 9:41AM

  Good to know, I need them!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/23/2014 8:49AM

    The link did not work but living in Florida I would probably be too hot. Thanks!

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1AVERY 4/23/2014 8:45AM

    I wear sleeveless shirts don't hide my arms. I am surprised at the number of people who won't go sleeveless because of bat wings. Teri

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MPETERSON2311 4/23/2014 8:38AM

    thats cool! Thanks!

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DRAGON-CHICK 4/23/2014 8:03AM

    Arm pantyhose? :-)

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ROCKLAND2010 4/23/2014 7:17AM

    It's like Spanx for arms! LOL All problems can be solved with an internet search.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/23/2014 7:05AM

    the link wouldn´t work for me.but i find loose flowy tops with chiffon sleeves either longor to the arms are just as easy to wear ion hot days and hides feel ills so to speak.anything that is loose and not tight will do the trick when tight not only will it get hot and sticky but draw attention to what you actually wanted the attention from emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/23/2014 7:02AM

    I get lost on the web sometimes. I'll be looking for one thing, which spikes an interest in another, to another. Kind of like my thought process.

I'll say something to hubby while we're driving, then get quiet. The thought reminded me of something, which reminded me of something, which reminded me of something. I totally baffle him when I speak up finally with a thought that had nothing to do with the original subject.

What did you start to say?

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PATSYB7 4/23/2014 6:56AM

    Ah, the Internet. It is amazing what you can find "out there" LOL! Have a great day!

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EVIE4NOW 4/23/2014 6:55AM

  I have a pair that looks like tats. Have only worn them a couple of times and in conjunction with biker activities. They are different.

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ONESPOTLEFT 4/23/2014 6:47AM

    thanks for sharing

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REGILIEH 4/23/2014 6:47AM

    INTERESTING! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 4/23/2014 6:40AM

    It's amazing what you can find out there, right?

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