Category Archives: Keystone Habits

The Real Reason to Floss

I went to the dentist for a teeth cleaning the other day. This was my first visit to this particular office so I had to get the full workup, including x-rays. flossingThe hygienist asked me about my flossing regimen while he set up the x-ray machine. The conversation went as follows (including my inner monologue):

Hygienist:     Do you floss?

Me:                  Yes. (‘duh!  Of course I floss.)

Hygienist:     How often?

Me:                  (What?! You don’t believe me?) Daily.

Hygienist:     (Skeptically) Really?

Me:                  (OK, now this guy is basically calling me a liar. I’ll show him!!) Yup. Every                                day. (A-hole!) Continue reading The Real Reason to Floss


The Running Habit – Why I run

Running DonI suspect most people still reading this blog are surprised I haven’t written a post about running.  Anyone who knows me in real life knows me as a runner.  It doesn’t matter if it’s family, friends, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, or random bar buddies.  Everyone can size me up in 2 minutes and figure out I’m a runner.

When I share with someone that I write a blog she inevitably says something like “oh, is it about running?!” I say no, and this surprises her because what else would I write about if it wasn’t running? Continue reading The Running Habit – Why I run


The Cooking Habit

Cooking is an aspirational, should-do goal, similar to meditation and saving money. Lots of people want to do it (or do more of it), but most of them struggle to actually establish the habit. That’s how it’s been for me anyway.

TV-Dinner-MagnetI’ve had complex relationship with food since I went to college and could no longer rely on my mother to be fed. I cringe when recalling my eating habits in early adulthood. It was a lot of eating out (expensive & usually unhealthy); and microwave TV dinners, frozen pizzas, and canned soups (flat out unhealthy). Yuck! Continue reading The Cooking Habit


Keystone Habits

the-habit-loop-charles-duhiHave you heard of the term keystone habits? Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit coined the term in that book and describes it in more details in an article lifehacker entitled The Right Habits. As Duhigg explains:

Some habits, say researchers, are more important than others because they have the power to start a chain reaction, shifting other patterns as they move through our lives. Keystone habits influence how we work, eat, play, live, spend, and communicate. Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything.

Chain Reaction

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