Bigger Than Biceps: Analyze bad habits, make room for healthy ones

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A daily routine is filled with many steps, processes, involvement, repetition and emotions. A significant event is when we reflect on that routine to see if there's something wrong with it or a way we can improve it. Examples of this would be: getting to work on time, getting to the gym daily, excessively consuming alcohol, forgetting to eat, or indulging in sweets, or eating too much food in one sitting.

A routine is a cluster of habits, good and bad.

In order to be healthier, you must admit you have bad habits. That could be anything from partaking in drugs, alcohol, or bad relationships, to binge eating, consuming high sugar levels and going out to eat.

Many people get to a better life by overcoming hardships. A healthy lifestyle is not something easy to obtain or maintain. I know people who have dealt with eating disorders, obesity, relationship issues, bankruptcy, divorce and anything else you can think of before they turn to their health. It just goes to show what we put before our health.

Whether it's an addiction or something that doesn't sit right in your gut feeling, step back and look at it. Above all, your mental health is biggest thing that will carry you and it will only improve with a healthy lifestyle. If your mental health isn't well, your physical health isn't either.

When I was younger I used to skip breakfast and lunch and binge on really large portions of anything when I got out of school. It was a continuous cycle of thinking I could lose weight from not eating, but instead I just held onto whatever energy was stored and became more hungry when it was finally time to eat.

This is a pattern I see people fall into often. They aren't in control of their immediate life. They just take the days as they come and deal with things in the moment. If you want to stop living a toxic life that gives you no results, then it's time to take control and realize what is turning it upside down.

Some ways for this to happen is to start keeping track of food in a diary along with emotions, random thoughts and moments through the day and week. After a month or so you can look back on what was written and note aspects that are considered unhealthy. Did you go out and drink more than you should have one week? How did that affect your wallet or your health the next day

Being a post college student it's hard to break out of the Thursday through Saturday cycle of socially drinking and hanging out with friends. It eventually turns into a 'rough Monday day at work' glass of wine and a trivia night on Wednesday. My broke college student wallet somehow could afford a day long hangover and cheap beers at the local bar, but not anymore. The beer gut won't go away unless I make the effort to diminish it.

I first realized that I couldn't drink as much anymore because I couldn't afford it. Then, I realize I would eat every carbohydrate in sight when I got back from the bar. Even though it saved me from many hangovers, it was considered a second and third dinner and I regretted the extra calories on top of drinking.

I was honest with my body knowing that it was something I couldn't keep doing. Sure there are special events worth indulging, but that's how you practice control to not do it all the time.

Be honest and in control and maybe things will fall into place.

— Contact Makayla-Courtney McGeeney at 802-490-6471.


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