30-60 days

United States
May 2, 2021 2:19pm CST
I've read recently that any new habit takes 30-60 days to form. Or that is, after 30-60 days it becomes a part of your reality and routine. Then where does that leave me? It doesn't seem so long ago that I started keto. In fact, it's been at least a year, if not a little longer. There are other habits I've formed too, including walking every day. It feels like I've been doing it (walking for exercise in general) for a month. It's been maybe a week since I started walking to the rec center and back every day. Now there is the gym. I have not yet joined, but I will. I intend to go once a week. Most likely Tuesday, but perhaps Wednesday would be better. Two hour sessions each time. That will be nice. I don't make new years resolutions. I think making them are a way to set you up for failure. However, I can't help but think of all these new changes I've made for myself (Some of which I have not - and will not - discuss here.) and how it's almost like a resolution. Do you enjoy forming new habits? Whether they be bad or good. Are bad habits hard for you to break?
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@kobesbuddy (123982)
• East Tawas, Michigan
2 May
I've been told that a GOOD habit is as hard to break as a BAD habit. And if a person works to end a BAD habit, it should be replaced with a GOOD habit
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• United States
2 May
That's good advice. A good habit should be a reward.
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@kobesbuddy (123982)
• East Tawas, Michigan
2 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum Yes, any good habit will benefit our health.
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• United States
2 May
@kobesbuddy and oh how important that is. Not just physical but mental too.
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@Belexhanns (1473)
• Kampala, Uganda
2 May
I don't like bad habits at all,by the way its very hard to break a habit developed...
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• United States
2 May
Not all habits are bad. There are plenty of good habits, and these we should never break.
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• Kampala, Uganda
2 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum yeah that's it
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• Kenya
2 May
I enjoy forming good ones
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• United States
2 May
Yes, good habits should be rewards. They should be easy to form and fun as well.
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@Nevena83 (61813)
• Serbia
2 May
As you know, I lack motivation, or rather I make the decision to train and I do it for a few days very seriously and if I take a break of two days, it is almost impossible for me to return to that course and it drives me crazy.
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• United States
2 May
I was like this for a long time. Even last year I was not walking when I should have been. I still fight being too lazy. It is an every day struggle.
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@Nevena83 (61813)
• Serbia
2 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum It doesn't seem like it at all, it seems like you have a good routine.
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• United States
2 May
@Nevena83 Thank You, I do try. I am envious (but in a good way) of my friend. She works out multiple times per week, and does so well. She was much more flexible then myself today.
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@CarolDM (130898)
• United States
2 May
That time frame sounds reasonable. Change is always an adjustment but necessary in life.
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• United States
2 May
It doesn't have to be a difficult adjustment either, it is all about the mind set.
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@CarolDM (130898)
• United States
2 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum And our attitude.
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• United States
2 May
@CarolDM Absolutely. It's difficult to change that at first, but the more I'm mindful of what I say and do, the easier it gets for me to correct times when I'm getting to aggravated over something silly.
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@kaylachan (18060)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 May
I try to get into making good choices, but it's easy to mess up sometimes too. Guess I never formed those good habits. I'm trying.
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• United States
2 May
At least you are trying. There are still those who refuse to try.
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@kaylachan (18060)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum I know. When my doctor fat shames me though, it is very discouraging. And, I want to punch his lights out.
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• United States
2 May
@kaylachan That doesn't sound like a good doctor at all.I believe we've talked about that before, but I could be mistaken. Either way, I'm sorry he does that. We're all doing the best we can.
@JimBo452020 (46215)
• Montrose, Scotland
2 May
Oh bad habits are hard habits to break Trust me on that AmberLynn.
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• United States
2 May
I assure you, I do.
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@jstory07 (104018)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 May
I hope you continue to form good habits.
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• United States
2 May
Thank You. Me too.
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• Rupert, Idaho
5 May
That's great that you have been doing Keto that long....and the walking daily is great! 30 to 60 days? I always heard 21 days! Oh my. I don't enjoy making new habits that should help me....because I don't like change/giving up things I enjoy. So yes, things like giving up carbs is very hard for me.
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• United States
7 May
I'd heard 21 days too, but I think I've also heard 31 days. I know we've talked about how change has impacted me in the past. That horrible anxious feeling. I had that happen to me a few weeks ago when I was getting ready to spend time with friends. I almost cancelled, but I know they wouldn't let me.
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• Rupert, Idaho
8 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum I had never heard of 31 days or beyond that. Maybe it is different for everyone! I am sure we have....and that feeling is no fun I can agree with that. That is good that you didn't cancel (well hopefully it was good and you had a good time)
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• United States
8 May
@MommyOfEli2013 These ladies I would trust in a heartbeat. They ground me and help me feel calm just being around them.
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• United States
3 May
You're doing amazing with the changes you've been making. I can't believe that you've been doing Keto for a year already. Gee time really is flying by. I'm trying to make some positive changes especially increasing my daily steps.
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• United States
3 May
Once I figured out a few meals I could put into rotation, everything else just sort of fell into place. Keto is pretty adaptable. It takes a bit of will-power to get those steps increased. I told myself I'd do 20,000 steps a day last week and I didn't do that at all.
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• United States
4 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum 20,000 steps is quite remarkable. I can't even get the thought of doing 10,000 daily steps wrapped around my brain.
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• United States
4 May
@Marilynda1225 10,000 steps is pretty doable if I walk twice a day. I still haven't successfully completed 20,000. Too much to do and too much going on in my mind.
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@LindaOHio (64456)
• United States
3 May
The bad habit of eating too much is one thing I've never broken. Other habits are easy to break for me. I don't believe in New Year's resolutions either. Have a great week!
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• United States
3 May
I found that it became easier to eat less when I started keto. I still have times where I eat when I'm not hungry, but I also make wiser choices about what those things are. It's certainly a struggle every day though. Hope your week is drier than mine. Supposed to be rainy for three days.
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@LindaOHio (64456)
• United States
3 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum Just checked the radar. We are covered in rain. I never used to eat when I wasn't hungry; but I do now. Frustration over not being able to get around may be part of it. Oh well, Such is life.
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@LindaOHio (64456)
• United States
4 May
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• Nairobi, Kenya
3 May
It's true, one two two months is enough to form a habit but it can take two years to break a habit
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• United States
3 May
If not longer.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
3 May
@noni1959 (8009)
• United States
3 May
My nutritionist said 29 days. Yet, I see so many in my support group having issues months out. I do as well. I once got rid of sodas for years. This year, I'm buying Fresca and Zero Coke. You have been doing well. My habits are usually during emotional or bored times. Caffeine and coffee will be a huge challenge if I go ahead with bariatric surgery later. Even if I do their fasting supervised instead, it will be so hard.
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• United States
3 May
My cousin went through bariatric surgery. At least I think that is what it is. I know she has to watch what sh eats now and wasn't able to eat regularly for a few weeks after it. She looks great though, and I think she feels great too (or so my aunt says). I drink True Lime & True Lemon brand water flavoring packets, or well I add them to my water. I'm trying to break myself of that habit because it's still added sugar. 29 days sounds like a good average, but there is always exceptions to the rule.
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@noni1959 (8009)
• United States
9 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum My youngest daughter asked me to reconsider going through bariatric surgery but I told her 44 years of yo you dieting is not good for me and trying to do it one more time is just overwhelming. I need the tool. We'll see what happens as I go along with the program. One does have to change and can be hard.
@RebeccasFarm (29426)
• United States
3 May
Yes and I have spent a lifetime trying to break all the habits..it is much longer than days..it is years for me
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• United States
3 May
It's so hard to break habits, especially those ingrained in our very actions and reactions.
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@snowy22315 (112886)
• United States
2 May
Yes, I have been walking 3x a week. I also started cleaning in 15 minute increments so it doesn't seem overwhelming.
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• United States
2 May
I need to do more of that type of cleaning, to be honest. I've also heard people do it in 30 minute intervals.
@Tina30219 (70151)
• Onaway, Michigan
3 May
I agree bad habits are hard to break.
• United States
3 May
Easy to acquire and hard to break. Have you received the $100 amazon yet?
@Tina30219 (70151)
• Onaway, Michigan
3 May
@ScribbledAdNauseum No hopefully soon
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• United States
3 May
@Tina30219 I'm waiting on one of our sites to send me two gift cards now. Getting close on another, so that will be an extra $15.00 to throw at the stuff I need.
@snowy22315 (112886)
• United States
2 May
Yes, I have been walking 3x a week. I also started cleaning in 15 minute increments so it doesn't seem overwhelming.