Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday Five: Hard Habit to Break

"As many of you know, I have been experimenting with some severely curtailed Internet usage. I realized that I had gotten into some bad habits, which got me thinking about habits in general. I understand that a habits/random facts meme has already been going around. In the hopes that it hasn't hit too many of us yet, be as lighthearted or as serious as you'd like with the following:" -reverendmother

1. Have you ever successfully quit a bad habit, or gotten a good habit established? Tell us about how you did it.

I have a terrible time with keeping habits, good or bad. I get tired of "sameness," so I don't often do the same thing over and over. We faithfully recycle; does that count?

2. "If only there were a 12-step program for _________________!"

Chocolate! It ruins my good weight loss intentions about once a month.

3. Share one of your healthy "obsessions" with us.

Hmm, I think books might be an obsession in this house. We have shelves and shelves of them and I can't bear to part with them. Sure, I trade a few with family and even a few on Paperback Swap, but mostly, we just collect and let them gather dust.

4. Share the habit of a spouse, friend or loved one that drives you C-R-A-Z-Y.

Most of P's bathroom habits drive me nuts. Magazines everywhere, globs of toothpaste in the sink, tinkles all over the toilet seat, and trash all over the counter (even though there's a trash can right under the sink). Having separate bathrooms has saved this marriage without a doubt.

5. "I'd love to get into the habit of ___________________."

Exercise! I've tried and tried and, well, like I said, I'm not good at routine or habits, so I usually quit after a few days. No time, no energy, achy knees, lots of things get in the way (mostly excuses, though). So I'd really like to be able to drag my "not even remotely a morning person" carcass out of bed earlier and exercise before L gets up, but so far I'm not doing so good with that.
I also really want to try to walk more often.

Bonus: What is one small action you might take immediately to make #5 a reality?

I just got a bellydance DVD and it's low impact so I think that will at least keep the achy knees at bay, plus I got a gorgeous coin scarf to wear while I was at our local RenFest, so that's a fun motivation to do it. It jingles so prettily!

Bonus 2: Try it, and let us know how it goes in a future post!

Will do! I hope it's lots of fun.


Presbyterian Gal said...

Hey! Thanks for the link to Paperback Swap! I'd never heard of it.

Good for you with the bellydancing. It's really good exercise I hear.

mompriest said...

Exercise is the theme of most of us playing and posting today...I think we need to do virtual walking together, where'd you go? how long?...etc.

reverendmother said...


Iris said...

You bet recycling counts!

I'll be interested in hearing how the belly dancing goes. I've got lots of belly to dance with!