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Healthy Habits for a Lifetime

Healthy Habits. We’ve heard about them over and over again. Then why is it so hard to put them into practice?…to really live the best habits day in and day out? Good intentions fail people again and again. Being successful at permanently creating healthy habits that last a lifetime requires 100% commitment and intervention into the subconscious process. Think of the subconscious mind as a powerful operating system installed on your computer that comes with a predefined set of instructions that coordinate the hardware, which is our body. Self-hypnosis for weight loss is one of the most powerful ways to intervene into bad habits, to end them for good, and to replace them with really great habits that create the slim, healthy body you love!

We’re amazing creatures in our ability to create what we want for ourselves. One of the reasons for that is our subconscious mind can be programed, for good or for bad. Our subconscious enables us to perform actions habitually and it’s also the reason we can continue to experience a wide range of complex emotions such as depression or anger, which can express themselves in other forms such as weight gain, smoking and other unwanted outcomes.

Conditioning occurs at a very young age and it often goes unnoticed until the effects of our ingrained habits are threatening our lives. Healthy habits are hard to form mostly because change requires a deeper level of intervention, which helps create more natural discipline and willpower. Entrenched habits and default programs are not impossible to change; in fact more and more people around the world are beginning to shift their consciousness and make healthier choices. It just takes getting the right support and tools to make the shift. With the right tools, any change you desire becomes so much easier. The habits start to naturally take shape in your life and suddenly you feel in control again.

Let’s explore the mechanism that creates a habit and how you can use it to eliminate negative habits and develop new ones:

Understand The Habit Loop

Every habit is made of three elements (cue, routine and reward) that create the habit loop. A habit loop works like this: when the cue appears, it triggers the routine (action) in order to get the reward.

  • The Cue is the trigger that sets the routine into motion.
  • The Routine is the automated action.
  • The Reward is what you expect to receive by doing the action (either to avoid pain, or to gain pleasure).

Let’s say you want to stop the habit of eating junk food every night. Why do you do it? Often times, late night junk food is a coping mechanism that helps you to feel good temporarily. To stop this bad habit, you must break the associations between stress and the relief you get from junk food. Listening repetitively to the Skinny Life audios helps you begin to break those associations and create connections that lead to healthy habits and a healthier body image.

How To Develop A New Routine

You truly can purge bad habits; and replace them with a positive one. For example, quitting eating junk food every night might mean you must find a new way to relax and relief stress, like indulging in a bath with soothing salts and essential oils or a big steamy cup of your favorite flavored tea. You can literally change your habit, keep the cue and the reward, but introduce a new routine. The Skinny Life reinforcement audios integrate the awareness of the new pleasure and satisfaction of the new habit, making it so much easier to keep a the positive habits for a lifetime. The new habits begin to form the new you.

You could start now for instance, if you are habitually thinking negative thoughts, try catching yourself and replacing each negative thought with a positive thought. Whenever negative thoughts pop into your mind, use it as a cue to feel gratitude for even the smallest things. Start tuning into those cues more and more and you’ll start to feel yourself changing and creating a new awareness.

To increase your awareness of the habit, keep a journal handy. Write down when, where and why you do the habit. So, once you discover the cue and the reward, find a new routine that will provide you with a similar reward.

Creating a New Craving

To instill a positive habit, you should make a craving out of the cue and the reward. Let’s say you want to exercise regularly. You must choose a specific cue (e.g. put your sneakers somewhere you can see them all the time) and a specific reward (feeling proud for running 30 minutes twice a week and the exhilaration of the fresh air in your face, or the great energy and freedom you feel afterwards).

Next, you must make a craving out of the cue & reward because this is what creates the habit loop. You do this by selecting a reward that excites you and makes you anticipate how good it will feel like when you get it. This is why hypnosis for weight loss works. You’re playing those scenarios that bring you feelings of great reward at deep levels of your subconscious mind. Pretty soon your mind and body begin to follow those new, healthy rewards automatically. Weight loss becomes easy and natural.

Putting your plan into action

You can choose different habits that help you lose weight, once you understand how they work. If you replace bad habits with new and healthy ones then even a small effort can create tremendous change in your life. You can change the pleasure / reward centers of the brain and ingrain new pleasure response to healthy eating, movement, meditation and honoring your body.

Skinny Life helps remove those roadblocks that have kept you from getting to the point of permanent weight mastery that’s easy. It’s all of the simple things combined together that create success.

I want to hear about the habits that challenge you the most. Share some of your own ideas on the best rewards to replace them with!

Here’s to a great, Skinny Day!

Crystal

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