Creating habits that stick can be hard but it doesn't have to be.
Hey there Beautiful!
‘Tis the season for thinking about what you want to change or improve upon in the new year. If I see one more ad in my Facebook feed for losing weight I think I’m going to scream!
I’m also not looking forward to the gym getting a little bit more crowded for a few months until people decide it’s too hard to exercise and give up.
I know, I know that’s mean. All of us at one time was the newbie at something and I should be a bit more supportive and send them good thoughts. And I certainly do that. If I see someone at the gym that clearly looks like they haven’t stepped inside of one ever, you know, wide eyes that constantly look around, and that they are about to fall off of the treadmill. I silently think in my head, “Go you. You can do this. Don’t let the intimidation of being new overwhelm you.”
I even do it when I see people running or walking on the street. I send them a good thought telling them to keep going and not give up. I always tell myself that I might be the motivation for someone else just like other women can be the motivation for me.
Try it sometime. When you see a woman running or walking on the street, smile at her and silently send her some positive thoughts.
So who is Kim Barnes Jefferson?
So in this spirit of the new year, I usually just come up with a list of things that I want to accomplish this year between myself, my family, and my passion for what I do. One of the things was to create new habits that will help me in all areas of my life.
And yes, it is the typical ones of eating healthy and exercise. To help me with this endeavor I asked Kim Barnes Jefferson, founder of the Fit Girl Magic Society, to join me on my podcast to discuss how to create habits that stick. She’s from Boston, and while she might look like a health and fitness coach, she does so much more.
Kim helps women over 40 feel fit, comfortable and confident in their bodies.
Hanging around with her can cause some serious side effects like getting you to believe in yourself.
There is some language that might not be suitable for young children so be sure to pop in your earphones if you have little ones around.
What you will learn in this episode:
- How to create habits that stick.
- How to habit stack once you have the hang of one habit.
- How to not get discouraged if you mess up for one day or many days.
- How to find your sweet spot so that the habit is as easy as brushing your teeth every night before bedtime.
Are you ready to create some new habits? I know I sure am.
One of the ones I’m habit stacking is when I have my reminder come up to fill up my water bottle. I have a reminder on my phone that goes off three times a day to ensure that I’m drinking enough water. On that reminder, I added “Lotion on Nails” because my nails and cuticles are really dry and that’s one thing that I constantly don’t take care of and basically ignore. Until I look at my nails and think, “Geez they are sooooo dry.” So I thought, every time I get up to fill my water bottle, I’m going to put some moisturizer on my nails and cuticles.
I am hopeful that this will work.
Links mentioned in this episode and how to work with Kim:
- James Clear and his article on how long it takes to form a new habit
- Kim's song that she can't live without, Everybody's Got Their Something by Nikka Costa
- Today app to help you keep on track of habits. Find it at the Apple App Store
- Kim's Website
- Kim's Facebook Page
- Kim's Facebook Group
- Kim's Twitter
- Kim's LinkedIn
- Kim's Podcast, Fit Girl Magic, on Apple Podcasts