Word of the Year-2015
Last year, I read a book that sent me on a path of learning. It wasn’t my favorite book of the year, but it was my most useful.
I’ve been kind of honest about my struggle to lose weight. It’s been a 30 year issue, if I’m being honest. I gain moments of clarity about it, but I just have the worst time making anything stick. I’ve read a million diet books, I’ve started about ten thousand diets and it just never sticks for me. I’ve spent time trying to figure out why this is and settled on the unproductive idea that I’m just super lazy and obviously a terrible person.
But, that’s not what I think anymore because the more time I spend thinking about the places where I feel I fail I find that the problems, really, are my habits.
So, yes, my one little world for 2015 is Habits.
I need to acknowledge them.
I need to find ways to change them.
I need to find ways to create new ones.
Let me explore this idea with you a bit. Habit is easy for our brain. Our brains love habits. It’s, essentially, automating life and allowing the easily traveled path to become our preferred path. Our brains make dozens of decisions a minute and it automates as many as it can. Now, that works great for us when we get out of bed and brush our teeth or check the door locks before bed, but if can work badly if we’ve created bad habits like snacking before bedtime. It’s hard to break those habits because it’s just easier for our brain to keep snacking like we’re used to. It doesn’t have to come up with something new to keep us busy.
In looking at my diet, my meals aren’t really a problem. Oh, sure, sometimes I over eat and sometimes we eat out, but the vast majority of meals don’t support my current weight, if that makes sense. No, it’s the snacks and other sedentary habits that are working against me. To be successful at weight loss and a number of other “problem areas” it’s going to require me rewiring my automation and putting new, better habits in place.
That won’t be easy, of course, if it were we’d all do it without much effort, but I’m going to give it the good old college try.
Do you have a word of the year? If so, what is it?