Fancy Coffee Friday: 21 Days

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: 21 DaysWhether an anecdote, or hard (semi-hard?) science, the rule of thumb is that it takes 21 days* to make, and break, habits. I’d had an excellent three-month run of sticking with my strength routine, journaling most days, and tracking calories. Then I had Cordelia installed, had three months of very limited use of my left arm, and went on a 16-day road trip for good measure. My good habits? Right down the drain.

So, what does one do when they decide that they need to get back on the Good Habit Train? They make a decision and get on it.

I brought my walking shoes to the office and have been trying to get in a brisk 30-minute walk on the lunch break – even if it means being sweaty for a little bit.

I pulled out my journal and started putting my ponderings to paper once again. It feels good to get my thoughts down once more, but admittedly, I’m not keeping up with it daily. Baby steps.

Tracking calories? I’ve not started up again, mostly because all of my clothes fit and some are a bit loose. But the option is always there should I need it.

Finding that we have developed a habit, good or bad, intentionally or not, is always interesting. If we discovered that we’ve slid into a less-than-desirable routine, it’s up to us alone to turn things around. A pattern more in line with our preferences? We want to cultivate that custom!

Me? I’ll keep managing those manners.

What good habits are you working on? What bad habits are you trying to eliminate?

*It essentially takes three times longer than 21 days to create a habit – you have to stick to doing something at least two months.


The Amusing Muse is a writer, blogger, and elderly cat caretaker who lives in Southern Wisconsin. She has a love of good wine, fantastic cheese, and cartoons. She also is looking forward to warm sock season.

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About The Amusing Muse

Deep thinker whose mind operates at warped speed. Philosopher pondering the big (and little) things in life. Storyteller. Office Ninja. Model. Teller of bad jokes. User of big words.
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4 Responses to Fancy Coffee Friday: 21 Days

  1. sassycoupleok says:

    Trying to lose weight and build better stamina by eating smaller portions, cutting out the sugars and carbs plus adding in that 30 min walk daily (which all works) is / has been the most difficult task the last two months. Temptations and schedule are the deal breakers.

  2. I do so agree it with a steady routine and discipline that we achieve the goals we aim to make out own but as always, as my own indulged waistline witnesses, temptation is always hiding round the corner to take you unawares in a moment of weakness. I do get back on the saddle regularly but it is a life-long battle. As to exercise, that too is very important for many reasons but I must admit I sometimes falter in that regard as well. We can but try ?

    • True all. I hate making food an enemy – or “shoulding” myself into working out (even though I know I should), but I’ve seen what happens to older relatives who were sedentary or over-indulgent. I don’t want to happen to me what I saw happen to them – or witness happening to them.

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