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cheezie fingers…and other bad habits

The new Goop newsletter showed up today and the subject was How to Break a Habit… or Start a New One .  A timely subject  as we have been changing our routines and setting about following a different path lately.

the power of habit

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

There’s a portion in the Q&A with Jeremy Dean, the author of the book Making Habits, Breaking Habits, that offers up some great strategies for creating new habits and getting rid of old ones.

When you’re trying to change a habit, you’re going to have this fight, this kind of willpower battle, between the new habit and the old habit. After a period of repetition, though, the new response will take over and you won’t need the willpower anymore. What you’re looking for is for that new response to be automatic, so you don’t have to have that tussle with your willpower.”

The  fasting at our house was a fight of epic proportions.  Sometimes you just have to go cold turkey, pare down your food intake to a few simple components and let your body go through the struggle  of giving up  old fail safes and bad habits.  It’s tough, but eventually as the author says, the new response will take over and you won’t have to tussle with your willpower.

Another handy strategy is having a Pre-commitment in place.  Jeremy Dean suggests thinking ahead to times when you’re going to be tempted to follow your old habits, and create a plan for committing yourself in advance to your new habit.   This is one time where it is OK to rehearse calamity!  When you’re feeling strong, you make a decision so that when you’re feeling weaker and more susceptible later, the temptation will be gone. If you’re trying to cut  down on tv, put the remote out in your glovebox.    It’s not a forever strategy but until the new habit has been created it’s a great way to not loose that hard fought territory.

You’d be amazed how much weaving cuts down on the snacking, kinda hard to justify orange tainted cheezie fingers all over those beautiful threads, ha.

cheezie fingers
so say you’ve not got a loom to distract you and you still want top make some small changes to your own habits…

Check out Tiny Habits w/ BJ Fogg.   You pick 3 tiny habits you want to start and for the next 5 days you will get a daily email and reminder from this Standford PHD.  It’s super easy to follow along, and the joining the online program is free.

Yup, emailing you out of the good of his heart…This TED Talks alumni just wants to show you how easy it can be to make a change become habit.

It’s a very interesting approach to making small and realistic changes.  Registration starts every Friday!  Let’s do it!

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I’ve got to meet the artist

Took a trip  last weekend out to see my mom, which of course included a tour of the local small town thrift shops. No big surprises or great deals uncovered on this trip

Though amongst piles of Beanie Babies,  commemorative hockey chotchkies and some dusty Blue Mountain Pottery we did find these masterpieces!

Campbellford Camp cosmonaut Painting Continue reading

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Spot of sun makes things grow

Warm pancakes soaked with Homemade maple syrup
Crocus and Hen & Chick poking up in the sunshine
2 little dogs excited to explore High Park
Cashmere, silk, mohair and merino together again and off the loom Continue reading

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quick hits of delicious inspiration

Pssssst,  there’s a whole other side to this site that you might not know about.
We tend to save the quick hits of inspiration for our facebook page.

It’s where we post stuff like this

renovationslaves facebooik blueprint for your wall Continue reading

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curbside treasures

Super exciting walk to work last week!
On my way to catch the streetcar to work I happened upon these lovely things put out for the trash…


what is it?  and why do I think they were worth digging out, lugging back home and being a tiny bit late for the office, opps. Because these lovelies were just the very EXACT thing we needed! Continue reading

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hiding in the attic

I’ve been in a bit of a fibre frenzy lately, and Dale has been nice enough to grant me a hiatus from the hard slog of renovations…but that doesn’t mean things aren’t getting done round the city house.

Just about a year ago I went off to London with the girls for a pre-wedding broo-ha-ha.

When I got back home this was lurking in the attic!

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Little wooden box

During a frantic search for health cards this morning we stumbled upon this long forgotten box of treasures. Continue reading

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Ilaria’s torta sbrisolana

Ok lets face it, Mondays stink…

But maybe not so much when you walk into the office to find this buttery almond treat waiting for you. Continue reading

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