GOOD FOR YOU for (1) not giving in when the sugar was calling your name, (2) BEING PROUD of resisting that temptation, (3) for focusing on the victory rather than the "deprivation" factor, and (4) for not beating yourself up about the very yummy-sounding apple fritter!
In answer to this question:
Originally Posted by OneLastTime
but how long do you think it takes before the "healthy habit" feeling kicks in?
"They" say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Now, I don't know who "they" are and where "they" got their info, but it seems to usually work that way for me. Usually
. But when I was changing my eating habits, it was a bit tougher and I think it took longer than that. Everything with my eating really snowballed in relation to how I felt (meaning as I started to have more energy, as my clothes got looser, etc). When I started seeing/feeling results, all I wanted to DO was keep up the habit! Because it's a habit that WORKS!!!
And I think because I made very slow, small changes over a long time these will be habits for life. Once you get into "habit mode" there's nothing like it in the world, and you actually start to be excited about living the rest of your life with healthy food choices because it feels so darn good.
Just my opinion/experience
Editing now to add:
Hmmm. Re-read your post and am trying to figure out what to say about the "automatically" making good food choices part of your question. I don't think I'll EVER "automatically" make the right food choices. I'm going to have to think about every single crumb I put in my mouth for the rest of my life. Eating "automatically" was what made me a tight size 18, after all
. I do, however "automatically" stop, think, and make a very conscious choice every single time I have any kind of food encounter. As my cousin the Marine would say, "It's a target-rich environment" out there in our society, with really tempting and VERY unhealthy food everywhere you look, so I know I have to be aware all the time of EXACTLY what I am putting into my mouth. So I guess I've switched from "automatic" to "manual" for life
. I did
go on "semi-automatic" on my birthday, tho....but now my weaponry metaphor is getting a little lame so I'll stop typing