Creating Habits

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If you’ve been reading this blog since the beginning, then you’ll know that I’ve struggled with my weight for quite some time now. While I was going through my rough patch with depression, I also struggled with emotional eating. I gained about 30lbs, and at my highest weight was about 150lbs. I know that may not seem like a lot, but I’m barely 5’0ft tall, so yeah. I’d always been a really confident person, but the weight gain took a big toll on me, and the effects still linger to this day.

While living in Korea, I dropped about 20lbs just by eating healthy. I rarely, if ever, exercised. I cooked a vast majority of my own meals, and brought my own lunch to school. I’m now at the lowest weight I’ve been in about 4 years, and am determined to get the rest of the weight off.

Like any other goal, losing weight is daunting. Food is fucking delicious, and life is just too short to deny yourself a cupcake (or pho or bun thit nuong or com tam or spring rolls) every once in a while. Since I was unemployed for a while, I started working not only Glamtrotting, but working on how to improve myself, my body, and my spirit. It’s so easy to get into a slump when you’re not working – constantly refreshing Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook all day, reading articles that don’t matter, or watching endless YouTube videos of people doing their makeup. I knew that something needed to change. But for me, when I focus on the outcome (losing weight, making more money, being super successful), I get frustrated when I don’t see the results right away. Then, like clockwork, I’ll revert back to my old habits and nothing gets accomplished for days. But not this time. This time, I’ve been focusing on creating habits – things I do daily that will ultimately help me achieve my goals.

Working out is just something everyone should do. It’s good for you, whether or not you’re trying to lose weight. I’ve made it a habit to go to the gym 6 days a week. I just signed up for yoga, and I go 5 to 6 days a week as well. I don’t push myself ridiculously hard to the point where I can’t walk. I don’t spend crazy long hours in the gym. I just go for 30 minutes, 6 days a week. It’s the first major task I complete when I wake up in the morning. I start the day already feeling accomplished, which helps me focus on my other goals throughout the day. Not only do I feel better because I know I’m getting stronger and healthier, it has done wonders for my mental health. Going to the gym is now a habit just like washing my face every day. And slowly, but surely, I have been losing weight! But weight loss is no longer my main focus, it’s just a result of me going to the gym and making eating healthy a habit.

Every night before I go to bed, I write out my daily to do list on a notebook I keep by my nightstand. I write EVERYTHING down. When I need to eat, when I take a nap (I wake up really early and nap about 30 minutes a day), my time at the gym, what e-mails I need to answer, what lessons I need to plan, if I go to work, my manicure appointments… everything. Then when I wake up in the morning, I look at my list and already have a sense of what tasks I need to complete for the day. I love having a routine established everyday! There’s also a huge sense of accomplishment crossing things off of a list, even if it’s as simple as “grab a smoothie.”

Creating habits instead of focusing on the big goal at the end has increased my productivity and has significantly improved my mood. Going to the gym and writing to-do lists are just like washing my face and brushing my teeth. When it becomes second nature, you’ll accomplish your goals in no time!

What are your goals? What do you do to help you accomplish them? Let me know in the comments!

And Glamtrotting Magazine is still looking for contributors! Do you have any travel beauty tips or tricks? Have you been to an awesome spa or hair salon, either in your ‘hood or abroad? Do you use a must have product from a country other than your own? Do you love browsing drugstores in different countries? Glamtrotting would love to have you as part of our team! We’re gathering an AMAZING team of women and it’s ridiculously exciting. E-mail your pitches to submissions@glamtrotting.com for more information on how you can be a part of our team.

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