I used to think that if I ate healthy, I would get into the habit of eating healthy and it would "become second nature." But now I think it isn't the healthy eating that becomes second nature. It is the vigilance, creating healthy opportunities, insisting on healthy options, bringing your own snacks and lunch to work, modifying orders in restaurants, etc. that becomes second nature. What becomes second nature is putting your health first and doing what it takes to maximize it.
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Keep a glass filled w/water near you all day long. Drink it all at once, and fill it up again immediately to keep it going all day. Make it the first thing you do (okay second) in the morning. It'll become second nature.
If exercise has yet to become second nature or something to look forward to, do or watch or think about things that make you laugh. Getting started on the workout will be the perfect follow-up.
I discovered this when I watched "The Sunshine Boys" as a way to put off exercise. When the movie ended, I laughed all the way to the resistance bands. An experiment the next day with watching a great band on YouTube gave the same, magical result. Laughter = The Road to Exercise.
More then weight plateau are overcoming fears and allowing my self to Learn new things....LOL Figuring out how to use my heart rate monitor and watch were frustrating me to no end...it's now second nature....feels so good to use it with ease and record all my state....little things just tickle me to death...224
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