5 minutes to break bad habits
Five minutes to reset! We all get tempted. At the office, there’s the candy jar, or candy machine, when we get home, we’re tired and we go directly to the fridge and take a look. Before we know it, we’re consuming the junk food that we’ve vowed time and again to stop eating. Hit Reset! Here’s how… and studies back it up.
Hey guys. Today’s blog post is about pushing your own reset button. I want you to practice something today. Just for today. In fact, just for this morning. When you walk into the office and they’ve got that super bowl of M&Ms and Snicker dabber doodles, and whatever’s in there. Before you reach in without thinking, before you just go [orally imitates grabbing candy and eating it], pop, think a minute. I want you to time it.
This is a trick I’ve read about and researchers have studied this. If you take a candy bar and you don’t think about it, you’re just going to eat. Those add up during the day. All of a sudden there’s 10 unconscious acts of felonious food assault.
But before you go to this, if you go, “Wait.” Wait five minutes and see if you want it. Leave it there. It doesn’t mean you don’t have it, but just wait. Time it. Stand there, doo, doo, doo, dooâ€‘doo, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmmâ€‘hmm, [whistles]. Two and a half minutes? Do I still want it? Uh, I don’t know.
After five minutes research has found, and they did this with smoking cessation, that if you waited five minutes before you had your cigarette, nine times out of ten you didn’t smoke the cigarette. You lost the urge or the inkling or the desire to tear this thing open and have it.
So that’s our project today. That’s the blogosphere today is five minute drill, before you do anything. When you get home, you come in and you’re trying to duck the wife and the kids and you go to the refrigerator, which everybody does, and they stare in the refrigerator.
Don’t. Wait five minutes before you go to the refrigerator. Just, everything that’s a bad habit, cigarette, a drink, candy, time it. Five minutes and if you still want it after five, have it. But nine times out of ten you won’t.
And over the course of a month, if you do that 100 times, that’s 90 things you won’t do bad for yourself. All right? So, be gone with you. You’ve got your felonious food facts for today. Sayonara.