SI 002: Your habit audit

Good morning!

 

Hey check me out, I’ve done two weeks in a row, GO ME 

 

Last week I wrote you a little message about setting the right kind of goals.

 

Goals which actually MEAN something to you.

 

This week I think it’s highly worthwhile to explain my concept of a ‘habit audit’

 

You see, it’s all well and good knowing what you want, and knowing where you are now in relation to those goals.

 

But without assessing your behaviours you can’t possibly know what changes to start making.

 

Most people jump in with activities they see other people doing, with no regard to whether it’s too much of a leap for them as an individual.

 

Does this ring any bells?

 

New Year’s Resolutions, anyone?

 

Instead of making blind changes, here’s what I recommend.

 

List all your daily behaviours under one or the other of the following headings:

  1. Habits which serve me.
  2. Habits which hold me...
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How To Sustain Good Habits When You're Unwell

I'm writing this from a place of understanding.

Well, actually I'm writing it from my bed. But you get the idea.

I get ill a fair bit. Due to my medical history, my immune system is pretty shit. It's just the hand I've been dealt.

So with that, I know all too well what it's like to get set up with some awesome new habits, and then suddenly the energy is gone and I can barely get out of bed.

So yeah, I get it.

If this sounds familiar, then I have three things to say which will (hopefully) help you.

1. Allow it

To be quite frank, getting unwell is pretty standard. Everyone has physical and mental health, and unless you're Bruce Willis in Unbreakable you're probably going to go through periods where that health isn't quite where you'd like it to be.

So yeah, allow it.

Accept that you're not firing on all cylinders, and accept that some things are probably going to slip.

2. Keep some going

You're unlikely to be able to keep ALL your habits going while you're unwell, so don't...

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Prevention vs. Cure

healthy habits lifestyle May 26, 2020

There are many things I dislike about the fitness industry.

One thing I do love, however, is that the overall philosophy is one of prevention rather than cure. Yes, there are people doing injury rehab and other remedial work, but the vast majority of this industry is (despite its flaws) focused on preventing poor health rather than fixing it.

I strongly believe that, where possible, prevention is better than cure. If we can avoid becoming unwell in the first place, or perhaps just less unwell, then surely that’s got to be better than clawing our way back after the fact?

I don’t believe for one second that medical intervention doesn’t have a place. I don’t believe that lifestyle can fix EVERYTHING. That would be naive at best. I don’t believe that smallpox would have disappeared if we had just eaten more fermented foods. I don’t believe that we can cure cancer with apple cider vinegar.

I also don’t believe that medical intervention is the...

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