My Sugar Habit

My Sugar Habit

A couple years ago Andy recommended that we all get a book to read as a staff. Well, he didn’t just recommend, he went out and got us all a copy of it.  It’s called The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg.  It’s quite an interesting read and taught me a little bit about habits and how to change them. We all have routines that we go through,  from how we get out of bed in the morning to the way we drive to work. Some of them good and maybe some of them are not so good. The exciting thing about the next 8 weeks is we have an opportunity to change some habits that we might be in need of tweaking.

Lets talk about supplements. I’ve never really been one to take them until I started doing the Whole Life Challenge many years ago. Since then, I’ve been pretty regular about taking fish oil. I’ll be honest, Ginger has been PERFECT about taking her fish oil.  I have a routine that when I feed her in the morning I fill her bowl with food and add two pumps of fish oil, super easy and really not hard to do.  Now I, on the other hand, have not been taking my fish oil regularly. You might be wondering, why can Ginger take it daily and you can’t? Well, it’s not that she can and I can’t. It’s that I have yet to find a routine that works for me to take it. I did try to take it when I gave her her fish oil, but that didn’t stick. Which brings me to the book. Duhigg writes, “You can’t extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it.”  He talks about a cue, routine and reward system, – it’s a habit loop.  There is a cue that tells your brain to go into an automatic mode and signals which habit to use. Then you go into your routine – emotional, or mental or physical. Then you get a reward, that which makes it all worth it.  Just like practice, the more this happens the easier it gets. It almost becomes automatic. 

One of the hardest habits I’ve been working on changing has to do with sugar. For a long time every time I went to get coffee, I would get a pastry. I found that coffee and sugar together tastes amazing and make me feel good at the time.  So, that’s what I did,  ordered a coffee and then yes, I’ll take a beautiful pastry. This habit is not such a good one, obviously great for the coffee business, but not so good for my health or my pocket book. I decided to work on changing this habit. I still love coffee, how it tastes, the act of going to the coffee shop, interacting with the people there, but I don’t need to eat a pastry every time. And that’s where the practice beings. My cue was the coffee shop, being there, ordering the coffee and then my barista asking, is there anything else you want with your coffee? My routine was to say YES, I’ll take that chocolate croissant, and my reward was sitting down with a beautiful, tasty pastry.  All I had to do was change my routine, instead of saying yes, I had to say no. But I had to be aware of what I was doing it, it was mostly an automatic YES!.  Now, most days when I go to the coffee shop I order my coffee, I look at the pastries and I usually wait to respond as my brain is trying to decide which choice is best.  I have also asked for help, by asking my baristas to not let me order a pastry when I come in. (that helps too) It’s been working and I’ll have to make sure to get back in the swing of it in the next couple of days. 

As we go into the Whole Life Challenge you have the opportunity to change your routines while in a supported environment.  I challenge you to identify your cue, look at your routine and see what the reward is.  Then, decide what you want to do.

Since I still love sugar here is a Recipe for a WLC friendly brownie shown above and for the beautiful whipped coconut cream – I hope you enjoy it, just don’t make it a habit.


 Thursday’s Workout
Cycle 7 Test Week – Competition

For Reps
1min Power cleans (135/95)
1min Jerks (135/95)
2min Power cleans
2min Jerks
3min Power cleans
3min Jerks
**Inspired by CrossFit.com**

And Coming Friday
Cycle 7 Test Week – Competition

4 Rounds for total time
60 Double unders
20 Alt. pistols
10 Bar muscle-ups
**2min Rest between rounds*

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