Habit: Walking to my Car from Work

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  • #4816
    eileencash
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    I’m currently filling up the workbook for Identity-Based Habits, and this post was required so…

    I signed up thinking that I wanted to lose a few pounds every week, but now that I’ve gotten to this point in the habit challenge, I think I’ll just focus on making sure that I get some physical activity in every day. I’d still like to lose some pounds, but I don’t think I’ll be checking the scales too often.

    As for the identity I want to build, I’m primarily a mother so my focus will always be with the family and the kids. I think what I want to be is the person that sets a good example. If my kids can see me fit even as a mother, then hopefully they’ll follow that example growing up too. I think I have to assume the identity of someone who doesn’t always make things easy for themselves, someone who is willing to go through some difficulties if it means having good gains in the end.

    So instead of a full-on workout regiment, I think I’ll try walking to and from work instead. I have to get there one way or another so I think this is going to hit two birds with one stone.

    #4818
    Ofpad
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    Hey, Eileen! A health habit is always a great place to start because it will become a keystone habit that will help you develop other habits in the future. You’ve also made it easier for yourself by using an already existing habit as a trigger for your new habit. Your next module should help you figure out how to start small and how to slowly increase the intensity of your habit.

    #4820
    eileencash
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    I’ve just gone through the Habit Snowball video.

    My schedule for my habit is already fixed at the times I’m supposed to go to work, so 8:30 to 9AM and 5:30 to 6PM.  I did a few test runs this weekend, and I think I’m going to start by parking my car two or three blocks away from work depending on the availability of the parking space. It’s not much, and I’ve walked farther, but the challenge did specifically state to start small.

    I think I’ll add a block every month. I think I should make the increments smaller but more frequent. However, given that I’m walking to my car, the availability of parking spaces sort of changes the way I intensify my habits. I’m at the mercy of whatever’s available. Maybe I could also take a longer route to work if I get forced to take a parking space near my workplace.

    Because i’m walking to and from work, I’ve already sort of divided my habit into two sets. That being said, I’ll stop extending my walk when I get to work 15 minutes before my shift starts. That way, I won’t ever be late.

    #4822
    Ofpad
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    So far, so good, Eileen! As you progress with the habit challenge, you’ll learn how to set up plans in case things don’t always go your way. Keep this up and you’ll have yourself a good walking habit before you know it.

    #4824
    eileencash
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    I’ve finished the Triggers video and am now completing the workbook.

    Triggers for the weekdays are easy because it’s basically whenever I go to work or go home from work. On the weekends, I’ve still had to set an alarm. I’m trying to keep it @ the same timeslot as my work but instead of having to take the car, I bring my phone with me and use MapMyWalk to measure my walking distance so that my habit stays at the same intensity in the weekends as the weekdays.

    During the weekends, I put my phone near the shoe cabinet so that I remember to turn on MapMyWalk when I put on my shoes. On weekdays I’ve gotten so used to going to work that I just have to remember to park where I want to park the car and then walk the rest of the way to work. I could also try to bring my kids with me while I walk but they don’t want to. I’m not too concerned though since my kids do love sports. They already have enough exercise.

    Parenting already comes with a lot of habits that need to be done. I prepare meals for them every day, I spend time with them every evening, I check on their school activities, etc. It’s ultimately my work schedule that helps me remember to do my habits. During the weekends, I could also try to keep my phone and sneakers near the garage so that when I remember to prepare the car during the weekends out of habit, I instead wear my shoes and open the MapMyWalk. I suppose I’ll try to see if this works next weekend.

    #4826
    Ofpad
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    Do let us know if you were able to consistently remember doing your habit when going into your garage. 🙂 The idea is that you should work on it so that you won’t need to use an alarm clock to do your habit. Later on, in the habit challenge, you’ll have the chance to let people you trust in on your habit.

    You’re doing great! Keep it up.

    #4828
    eileencash
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    I’m currently completing the Habit Inertia workbook

    So I tried to see if I can use the habit of preparing my car as a trigger for my walking habit. This didn’t quite work out right. I forgot that it was the weekend so I spent precious time working on preparing my vehicle before I realized that I wasn’t going to use it. That’s okay though, the alarms will work for now but I’ll eventually find a way around it.

    It seemed obvious so I didn’t state it at the time, but I always did some stretches before I started my walk. Without them, the walk wouldn’t be very comfortable. I’ve already parked the car before I do my stretches so all that’s left to do from there is to actually walk towards my workplace.

    My identity mantra is “I don’t forget my daily walking habit.”

     

     

    #4830
    Ofpad
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    I think you can still make that trigger work, Eileen. You mentioned that you prepare your vehicle every day. Does that preparation include some light cleaning? If yes, then instead of preparing your vehicle to run on weekends, you can simply give it a quick clean through before you go walking. That way, the time you spend with the vehicle before you run isn’t useless anymore. It can even become a second habit after you’ve successfully made your walking routine a habit.

    #4834
    eileencash
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    I’ve just finished watching the Habit Convenience video and it was pretty illuminating.

    For starters, I’ve made it part of my warmup to check if I have my umbrella before going for a walk. Inevitably that meant checking the car so as it turns out linking my walking habit to preparing my car wasn’t such a bust after all. On one occasion I had just finished stretching when the rains poured in and I forgot my umbrella. It felt annoying to have to give up and drive to the nearest parking space instead of walk like I should.

    Aside from weather, I’ve had to deal with days where I didn’t quite sleep as well as I wanted to. I felt tired while walking and even worse once I started work. I’ve had to take some time to think about how to improve the quality of my sleep and have consulted a physician for it.

    One thing I have had to do was carry a different pair of shoes with me to work. Walking with leather shoes wasn’t quite comfortable, so I’ve had to bring my sneakers with me. I swap between the two shoes as I get into the workplace.

    #4836
    Ofpad
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    It’s great that you’ve taken great lengths to make your walking routine convenient. In the next parts of the habit challenge, you will learn how to create plan Bs for your habits so that even if things really are not in your favour, you can still do your habit. You’ll also learn to make specific exceptions so that you won’t pressure yourself into doing your habit in times when you shouldn’t force yourself.

    #4838
    eileencash
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    So like any good wife, I’ve decided to let my husband in on the action.

    We use the same calendar but we use different coloured pens, and we’ve made a competition of it so we can see who has the most Xs on the calendar after every month. On weekends, and assuming his work doesn’t give him much trouble, we go at it together, although I’ve had to tell him to slow down every now and then. So far the score is even, but we’ll see how the month goes.

    #4840
    Ofpad
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    it’s always a good idea to have someone keep you accountable. Your spouse is the perfect partner for these kinds of activities. Just make sure that you both are strict with each other and not lenient. If your accountability partner uses kid gloves and goes easy on you, then he/she might not be of much help in forming your habits in the long run.

    #4842
    eileencash
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    So it seems like this is the last workbook in the challenge so here goes:

    At the very least, I’ll walk in place for a minute if I really can’t walk the number of blocks that I intend to walk.

    I often fail to do my habits when:
    1. I am sick
    2. When my kids need help regarding school activities (it sometimes require me to rush home so we can get it done early and not get them sleep deprived)
    3. I have to work overtime

    If I’m only feeling under the weather, then I’ll walk in place for a minute. If I am sick and need medical attention, that’s the time I opt not to do my walking routine so that I don’t exacerbate the illness.
    If I have to rush home to help my kids with homework, then at least I’ll do the morning half of my walking routine.
    If I have to work overtime, then at least I’ll make sure to do the morning half of my walking routine.

    #4844
    Ofpad
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    These are very good plan B’s, Eileen. It’s also good that your habit is split in two sets from the get-go since you’ll most likely get to do half of it regardless of the circumstances. I do hope you keep this up and turn your walking routine into a permanent habit.

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