Managing Your Guilty Little Pleasures: 4 Step Process
Guest Blog by Philip Rudy
Ever here the saying “Too much of a good thing is a bad thing” in your lifetime? What it says and what it applies rings true.
Many times some of our habits can take complete control of us and sometimes it can be years before we realize that we have fallen into a terrible habit that has ultimately resulted in years of abuse against our body. That’s ok though. Once we realize that we are better off without these habits then we can begin getting healthy right away.
What types of habits am I talking about here?
- Excessive coffee (lots and lots of sugar and multiple time per day
- Averaging more than 2 Drinks a day
- Too much soda pop
- Too much candy
- Eating right before bed
….Pretty much anything that you do too much of.
So I have pretty much come up with a four step process that should help you with breaking the mold and getting out of bad habits quite abruptly. This will however require some will power, and a little thing called COLD TURKEY. But if you can follow these steps, you will be in the clear and well on your way to managing your habits.
1. SHOCK YOUR BODY
A lot of the times, one of your bad habits will lead to the other, which means that if you can quit one, you can go right down the line and start quitting the other bad habits one by one. Many times, the sequence happens pretty quickly. It comes down to the SHOCK. You need to wake up one morning, and absolutely shock your body, by depriving it of all the things that your habits provide it. It usually starts with downing a glass of water (or a couple) right when you wake up in the morning and making sure that you eat a big dose of a healthy breakfast to keep your energy up throughout the day and to keep your from gorging out later.
NOTE: It’s usually a lot easier to do the SHOCK on the weekends as it is really hard to give up your habits on a weekday when you have to go to work and be on top of your game. Usually your body doesn’t have it in it to go through “withdrawals” on work days. Do yourself a favor and start on a Saturday (or Friday night).
2. GET THROUGH DAY 3 – OVERCOME URGES URGE BY URGE
There will be times when your urges to go back to your habit will be stronger than others. Most of the time this can be early in the morning, after you eat, or after you come home from work. Once you make the decision to not give in to the urge, you will ultimately feel better. You are going to have to fight mini internal battle after mini internal battle, but with each little mini battle that you win, your habit becomes more and more manageable and less and less of a habit.
After about 3 Days things will get easier, but “relapse” is still very possible. After the three day pass time, it will be easier to resist your habits but you should still put off doing them for a while.
After you have “exercised the demons” out of your body it’s time to start actually exercising. This will have your body feeling great and get your body ready for step 4…Exercise is obviously an important step in remaining healthy and is an underrated tool for quitting bad habits and creating new and better ones. Go spend $150 for 3 months at a gym. Just do it. It’s worth it.
4. THE FIRST MANAGEMENT
There is going to come a time where you are going to need coffee (or whatever it is) once again (note: if we are talking about giving up drugs here then I would obviously suggest never doing them again). After about a week or so of giving it up, it’s time to test your will. Can you manage your guilty pleasures? Can you know your limits and not overdo it? Can you limit yourself to one cup of coffee? Only time will tell, but the key to the first time you begin to manage your habit is not over doing it! Remember the goal is to not fall back into the same habits that you were into before. If you follow these four steps (remember the key ingredient being will power) you will be well on your way to managing your habits.
About the Author:
Philip Rudy is a contractor for 1800LAWFIRM, and a full time blogger. In his spare time he likes to write articles on health related topics, and was the starting point guard at the University of Michigan Dearborn in 2010.