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#THEDAILYGRIND 017: Triggers & Habits: The Life Hack That Will Help You Win

Have you started a fitness programme in the past only to fall foul of old habits, slip back to your old ways, and ultimately fall off the wagon?  Did you know there’s a simple tactic you can use to make sure that never happens again?  It’s time to talk to you about Triggers & Habits…

Although you may not think it, we’re still simple creatures and still have behaviours that hark back to our days as apes.  We’re protective of our families.  We’re territorial and we’ll fight to defend what we have.  And we’re also creatures of habit.

This article will look at how those ingrained behaviours and the habits you’ve developed over the years may be holding you back from true progress.

If you’re the person that’s started a fitness programme but struggles to stick to the regime, then this article is aimed squarely at you.

Maybe you’ve been tempted on several occasions by some delicious foods that you love, like those sugar-coated Krispy Kremes perched on the end of your desk brought in to celebrate someone’s birthday (which seems to happen every damn week).

They’ve taken you way off plan and left you feeling guilty, demotivated, and depressed about the whole situation.  It’s probably even created a negative feedback loop, whereby you feel so down that you think, “Fuck it!” And end up binging for the rest of the day, which makes you feel even more depressed, and so the loop continues.

Added to that, the thought of a new fitness programme is all very exciting in the beginning.  You set that New Years’ Resolution at the start of the year, but now you realise sticking to that plan is more difficult than you thought.  Getting to the gym 5 times a week like you promised yourself is proving to be all too much.  Life’s getting in the way and you’re just not making the progress you thought you would.

In fact, you’re actually going backwards!

As the saying goes, “Old habits die hard.”

Well now’s the time to get all Bruce Willis on yourself.  It’s time to understand what’s causing you to stray off plan.  And it’s time to start forming good habits to replace the bad.

It’s time to throw those habits out of the 34th floor of the Nakatomi Plaza.

Yippee Ki Yay Motherfucker!

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Forming Habits in Bitesize Chunks

It’s Christmas Eve Eve (I’m using artistic license to claim that as a day).  It’s 7:30am, it’s dark and a bit of a ghost town as I look out of the window of the local coffee shop.

This has to be the calm before the storm.  Surely in a few hours time as the sun rises and the nation slowly gets to grips with the fact that there’s just 48 hours to go until the big day, this place will come to life.

The car park will be filled to the brim with cars nested side by side like sardines in a tin.

Latecomers to the shopping centre will be on the hunt for that one available space out of thousands.  Like a Great White sensing a drop of blood in the ocean, they stalk shoppers loaded up with bags, trudging back to their cars to free themselves of the weight.

But are they leaving or are they heading back for round 2?  Whatever happens, one thing’s for sure.  They’re gonna need a bigger boat!

Not everyone’s a morning person, but it certainly works f0r me.  I’ve definitely been the early bird catching the worm instead of a night Owl.  I find it the most productive time of the day.

Get the gym stuff out the way.  Get the adrenaline flowing and hit the day hard from the start and don’t let up until it’s time to hit the hay.

It’s a habit that I’ve formed over the years.  And this is what I want to talk about in today’s blog.

How to form positive habits to keep you progressing forward with your fitness goals each and every day…

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