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Sports, Snake Oil and a Senior Moment

In sports coaching, they say that it only takes two weeks to break a habit. I’ve even heard an Olympic athlete say that it isn’t self-discipline that keeps people training, it’s habit. When the kids said they wanted to take up sport I told them one thing – that I would support them but that they wouldn’t be allowed to come home from school and tell me they didn’t feel like training that night. The only acceptable way was to arrange it in advance because they had something else to do. I didn’t mind them having a social life but they had to have structure.heir training. As result, even when it meant one of them spending two hours on buses to get to training (I had to give the other one a lift somewhere else that night) we never missed a night’s training unless we’d planned to do so.

Four months ago I had more than two weeks off and I broke then habit of daily posting on WordPress. It always takes a lot more effort to establish a habit than to break it, and it’s taking more time and effort than I thought to get back into it. Same for reading WordPress, writing poetry and checking eBay. They are all broken habits that I’m finding hared to re-establish. The only habit I’ve successfully restarted is procrastination. Ironic really, that I wasted no time in starting to procrastinate once I was well.

The difficulty in trying to re-establish a good habit is covered in the material I’ve had from the NHS on-line weight loss programme. You get a choice of several organisations which will provide support in your efforts to lose weight and keep it off. The one I selected seems to give off many of the vibes I associate withย  snake oil salesmen. But that, of course, may just be me. Or it might be that I didn’t need a team of bright and bouncy people to tell me that the way to lose weight is to eat less. I knew that without watching a video.

Meanwhile, regarding “Senior Moments”, I got up this morning with the intention of going for a blood test, checked the time, and realised that the test is next Wednesday. I really must get a diary and start writing things down.


21 thoughts on “Sports, Snake Oil and a Senior Moment

  1. Lavinia Ross

    Laurie is right, sometimes one needs a break from routine in order to keep it going. Ease back in as you can. Life does get in the way from time to time, and that is to be expected..

  2. tootlepedal

    That’s why I rather desperately put out a post every day, however dull. If I stopped, I might never start again and then what meaning would my life have? Blogo ergo sum.

    Good luck with easing gently back into the swim of things. Your readers are grateful for any crumbs from your table so don’t harass yourself.

      1. Laurie Graves

        Have you heard of the book “Wintering” by Katherine May? I heard her on a podcast I listen to, where she spoke about the need to rest and how all too often we don’t allow ourselves to do so. Full warning: May sounds a little woo-woo, but there is a lot of truth in what she says. I’m going to see if our interlibrary loan service has “Wintering.”

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