Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow" is a fascinating book, in it, he describes our brain working with two systems; system 1 being the quick, intuitive driver and system 2 being the part of your mind that you must concentrate to use.
Part of what fascinated me was that almost all things that we do start as a "system 2", "conscious," taxing process and then roll down to a ''system 1", "unconscious," instinctual process.
Think of this like driving a car, when you first learned how it was exhausting to drive in traffic, now most of us can drive in bumper to bumper traffic for over an hour get home and not remember how we did that (say thank you to system one now)
When I apply this to you all and trying to get, you to drink more water, eat less sugar and overall move more. I am fighting your system one; that autopilot that is flying the plane of your health directly into the side of a mountain.
It's not the autopilots fault it was just given faulty instructions from the beginning, being programmed by Television, the internet, and any other form of mass media designed to keep you addicted to their products.
Fear not you are not doomed! While system one is essential and amazing (until its not) system two while exceedingly lazy (it loves to let system one run the show) it is incredibly forceful and can veto anything system one is doing... It just takes effort, about 66 days of effort that is to retrain system one.
For those of you who have been paying attention to what I have been talking about over the last three months or so it is all about YOUR routine and habit!
So my question to you is what are you doing to improve your system one autopilot?
Look pulling yourself out of this autopilot nosedive isn't that hard, it takes small daily, weekly, and monthly actions with a plan and focuses on real targets.
So your call to action this week! When you wake up chuggggggg
water. Your goal is to get 24-33 ounces of water into you FIRST THING; like you go pee, then you drink water, or better yet have the water by the bed, and you drink it before you go pee.
We humans like to complicate things so if you must make this harder than it has be to drive it home in your head.
1. Get the water ready the night before, add a pinch of quality sea salt to the water.
2. Wake up drink the water!
Damn, I tried to make it hard and I couldn't!
There are a ton of benefits for drinking this much water first thing in the morning.
First, it lubricates your organs and glands after not losing a ton of water over the night.
Second, it helps flush the lymphatic system (one of our waste removal systems).
Third, it can kick start the bowls if you are "slow" in the morning.
Fourth, it can help you lose weight!
Okay, so your challenge this week DRINK MORE WATER! And Do it first thing in the morning!
I want you to get to 2/3 of your body weight in ounces every day. The example for me would be I weigh 240lbs. So I need to drink 180 ounces of water a day!
Good luck and let me know how you all do!
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