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Habits vs. Routine

A couple of days ago, a fellow blogger Smaller Fun Pants posted about the topic: Habits vs. Routines and it got me thinking. What do I do out of habit? What is my routine? And when one or the other is interrupted, how does that effect my life?

For instance, I had a pretty good routine going where I got up at 7, caught a bus at 8, worked out until 9:30 went home, got ready for work and left. I had a smoothie for second breakfast, and usually some sort of clif bar for first breakfast. I would eat around 3, walk home, cook dinner around 9, and be in bed by midnight, ready to start my day all over again.

I think because of the routine, working out in the morning has become habit.Including vegetables and protein in my breakfast has become habit (yay green monster smoothies!)

But then my schedule changed. I no longer have time to work out in the morning; I’m home from work by 6. Evening workouts don’t really compute so I don’t really do them. My routine has been interrupted, so instead of trying to create a new routine, and new habits I’ve allowed myself to “take the time off” until things get “more situated”. And while I still try to have some sort of vegetable and/or grain for breakfast, its becoming difficult.


Life is never going to be situated as well as one hopes in order to start trying new things, but we mustn’t let that get in the way of living, right?

Starting today there will be a change in attitude. No more putting things off because its inconvenient. No more waiting for a more opportune time to get things done. Adapting must happen, or all hard work goes out the window.

photo by DirectDish

Did I mention I’m going to Hawaii in less than 6 weeks?

What are your habits? What are your routines?


My “Healthy Living” goals are:

  • Run a 5k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon
  • Complete a trialthalon
  • Summit Flattop Mountain
  • Max out a Zumba card for Mad Myrnas (ten classes/ $50!)
  • Comfortably fit in to a size L at the department stores
  • Find a running/exercising partner
  • Use a personal trainer
  • Lose 30; 50; 70; 100; 130 lbs
  • Try CrossFit
  • Try Body Pump
  • Try Krav Maga
  • Try Kickboxing
  • Bike 25; 50; 75; 100 miles
  • Be vegan for a month
  • Be vegan for a year
  • Go an entire month without eating out
  • Run a race in all 50 states
  • Run the Athens Marathon
  • Qualify and run Boston Marathon
  • Climb Angel’s Peak in Zion National Park
  • Dehydrate my own foods
  • Make my own nut milks
  • Grow an herb garden
  • Grow a vegetable garden


Working on it!
This is my progress. Pictures to accompany eventually.

July 18th, 2011
Weight: 286.6
Weight lost: 37 lbs

July 14th, 2011
Weight: 288.8

July 6th, 2011
Weight: 292.6

Weight: 293.3
Weight lost: 30lbs

April 14th, 2011
Weight: 296.5

April 3, 2011
Weight: 297

March 23, 2011
Weight: 301.4

March 7th, 2011
Weight: 305.8

Janurary 15th, 2011
Weight: 315.7

September 2nd, 2010
Weight: 310.4

June 4th, 2010:
Weight: 309.7

May 17th, 2010
Weight: 323.3

Zumba In Real Life

Today has been quite an interesting day, that’s for sure. I woke up super early this morning, and went on a 3 mile walk. I climbed the stairs of doom (which I tried posting to twitter several times, but my phone is a lame) 4 times, for a total of 400 stairs. Then I went home, and could not seem to… relax. Everything, my cats, the fact that I have a roommate, my TV, the windows, the dirty dishes… everything seemed to piss me off.

I decided my endorphin release simply wasn’t high enough, and what I was feeling was just adrenaline, so I turned on Zumba Flat Abs, and went to town for the following 20 minutes.

I felt much better afterward.

I got ready for work, locked my door, stepped out side, and right up the street were 5 cop cars surrounding a a house that had recently placed a sign in their yard that said:

If you steal something from this property, you will be shot with a shot pump. Call 911 for medical help.

So naturally, I was curious and a little frightened as to what was going on. I flagged down an officer who gave me the  OK to go ahead and walk up the street. At the end of the block, my neighbor rode up and explained that HIS neighbor had been dabbling in some substances, and ended up stealing a car. Someone got tazed, chaos ensued, etc.  But at least we’re all okay, right?

This winter I went on and on about how much I loved Zumba, and how it was nearly akin to Avocado (yeah, I went there) but my whole experience of Zumba has been up until now, completely in the privacy of my own home.

I don’t mind going to the gym- I’m there to sweat, and so are you. I don’t mind running along outside, because the generalized other is being lazy in their car.

But dancing? In front of people? I can barely stomach the thought.

A local bar in town has started offering Zumba on Friday nights, before the big rush. Apparently its a big what-to-do because you get to Zumba and drink at the same time. But I’ve never been to a group event like this. I regularly avoid going to bars because I don’t want to have to move in front of people. I am not sure I’m even explaining this correctly. There is a certain level of comfortableness one needs to have in their own body, not to just dance, but to dance in front of other people and I have never gotten to that level.

Luckily my friend Rachel will be joining me, and she’s attended several times before hand, so she has an idea of what I’m about to get myself into.

Its easy for me to feel confident at home, because its the same 4 routines over and over. This isn’t going to be the same at all. I don’t even know what this is going to be. I’m trying not to stress out about it, and hopefully it’ll be as super fun as I expect it’ll be once I get over my anxiety, but I am stressed, and full of anxiety! That’s all there is to it!

What was your first Zumba class, or fitness class like? How do you manage your anxiety in situations like these?

The way it always goes

Whenever there is a change in my routine, all other things fall to the wayside to make sure I can take care of the most immediate need. This week, food and exercise have fallen to the wayside to make way for my changed work schedule. This week and next, I’m working 9-5 every day, instead of twice a week, the three days in the middle being 12-8.

This week has also been very stressful in that the main duties of my supervisor have been passed along to me. Luckily this week is almost over, the 5mile walk for for women is this Saturday, and I haven’t done a thing to prepare.

Hopefully next week I’ll be able to get myself to the gym after work at least three times, and continue my c25k training that has been paused for nearly a month now. I miss it. I miss it a lot.

I’m just feeling so much stress lately. Sometimes it seems unwarranted. Now that I write about it, I wonder if its because I haven’t gotten enough sweating in.