Behavior Modification and Weight Loss

Monday, June 17, 2013

I have reached the 1 year mark of my weight loss journey. I hasn't been perfect: I gained weight last week and I made many mistakes. One thing remained: a renewed mind makes it easier to change bad behaviors. 
Behavior is something we do without thinking. We make them part of our lives through repetition. This past year I learned that bad habits can be broken and good habits can be developed. Some of the habits I chose to develop this past year are: Exercising, drinking H2O, managing stress, accepting my humanity, getting health education and renewing my mind. 

I am currently reading a book that has convinced me to invest in good habits. Here's a quote:

"First we form habits and then they form us. We are what we repeatedly do. Don't be deceived by thinking that you just can't help what you do, because the truth is that you can do or not do anything you really want to." 

I find beneficial to list the benefits of developing good habits. I also learned that behavior modification is 80%, education is 20% of the journey. For example, we all know people who are highly educated on the benefits of exercise yet don't practice any physical activity. You see, they have education but their behavior has not been modified. In my experience, a renewed my mind came first, then behavior modification quickly followed. Being educated will enhance your journey because you will make better choices but these choices only benefit those whose are developing good behaviors. 

Discipline, persistence and patience are part of behavior modification. The process is not the easiest but oh the fruits are amazing! I wonder if your health can benefit from Behavior Modification.

Action Item: Identify the Good Behaviors you want to Develop. Renew your Mind in that area and start working on Behavior Modification. I suggest the Joyce Meyer book as a support. It has helped me a lot in my journey. 

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