The Mindful Diet Day 64
Week 10: Dream Big
You’re in the home stretch now, which means it’s time to recognize that all of the strides you’ve made can help shape your future. What goals and dreams are you going to tackle after these 66 days are up? Grab your journal and get to work on these final three tasks—exercises that’ll help you see that there are no limits to all you can accomplish.
Day 64: Make a list of your new “keystone habits.”
Write down three of your new, healthy habits. Perhaps you were someone who never exercised regularly, and now you’ve committed to a regular yoga practice; or maybe you always glommed onto the latest diet fad and for the last two months, you’ve been eating mindfully. “Keystone habits tend to change our self-image—and set off a chain reaction that spark other good habits,” says Duhigg. So right now, name the keystone habits that you’ve developed and that will cascade into other healthy behaviors throughout your life.
While I'm not perfect, I have developed some significant keystone habits over the past 9 weeks. I set out to learn mindfulness through practice and share that knowledge with others. Mindfulness is not something we learn overnight. In fact it can feel quite tedious to constantly be mindful of how mindful you're trying to be. Eventually it does become second nature though. It's building a habit of living in the moment and recognizing that every moment is a new moment; we're not attached to what has happened days, weeks, months, years, or even seconds ago, and we cannot waste our time or energy worrying about what is going to happen days, weeks, months, years, or seconds from now. We will always have our memories of the past and the opportunity to prepare for the future, but the only time, the only place we live is now.
The article points out how these keystone habits we've created can start a chain reaction into developing more healthy behaviors. The ability to live in the moment without stressing over the future or depressing yourself over the past will help you to be more present in the present moment and overall enjoy every moment of your life.
Sometimes I have to stop myself from doing something too fast or too mindless, take a few deep breaths and really consider what I'm doing before continuing. I've made a conscious effort to live in the moment and let everything else go. I've learned to take care of my own priorities first and worry about everything else later. I've prioritized things that make me happy and tasks that help me set myself up for success throughout the week. Overall I'm learning to let go. Opinions of others or mistakes that I've made don't define who I am. I define who I am, and each moment is a new beginning.