Sometimes bad habits aren’t so bad.
We want to eradicate all our wrongdoings and walk a path of perfection but when it comes to diet and exercise it does not always work out like that.
The trick to managing bad habits is to keep them short term. When a bad habit becomes a pattern we end up in trouble.
Yesterday, as I walked home in the grey, fighting the drizzle at the end of an English summer day I felt the need to revert to “bad habits”. Thoughts turned to comfort, translate that into relaxation and food. As much as I wanted to dream of all things lean and sportif my mind had other ideas, conjuring up delicious afternoon teas and cosy companionship. Going to the gym or taking a long walk was far from my mind. Weather is such a trigger for activity and it is so much easier to avoid bad habits when the sun is shining.
What a great excuse and an easy trap to fall into. I am on high alert when it comes to rainy days!
Indulging bad habits every now and then is a good thing. Life is to be enjoyed and living with rigid disciplines day in and day out is not what we signed up for. Moderation is the answer when those temptations win out. Moderation, an awful word, I know. Keeping our bad habits in check, containing them means they won’t take over our lives and undo all the good work.
Deprivation is as damaging as over indulgence.
I’m not encouraging bad habits by suggesting too many chocolates or glasses of champagne are beneficial to our regimes. I am simply recommending small doses from time to time.
A little taste in the name of motivation, xv.
image, kirstin dunst photographed by leigh johnson for marie antoinette