Behaviour Change Project Essay

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Behavior Change Project My health goal was to change my eating habits. I chose this goal because I have a bad habit of not eating as well as I should. Although I usually do not eat fast food, I eat a lot of carbs. I was raised in an Italian family so macaroni and pizza are my two worst enemies. I figured that if I used this project to get rid of my bad eating habits, I would have an easier time eating healthy after this class ends. Before starting the project I realized that there will be challenges, but this project was not meant to be simple. If behavior change was simple, then anyone would be able to change behavior whenever they wanted to. In order to translate my health goals into target behaviors I realized that I had to sit…show more content…
I did not expect to see any real tangible evidence to be perfectly honest. I have tried to lose weight before, however, I was never able to tell when I look in the mirror. Secretly I hoped to lose weight since I have some body image issues, but, I did not realistically expect to see a change. The behavior change model that is most conducive to my goal is the theory of planned behavior. The theory of planned behavior emphasizes the role of intention when changing a behavior but it also covers the factors that the person does not have control of . For example, in my behavior change goal I can control the foods I choose to eat and where I want to eat, however there are external factors that I cannot control such as what food is available in the dining facilities on campus as well as how much spending money I have at the time since I am currently in between jobs and work study does not pay all that much. In order to tackle this project, I started by telling myself that I would cut out dairy from my diet. At first it was difficult since I do enjoy eating yogurt and I have my nightly glass of milk. I got frustrated when I would see my friends eating ice cream and yet I could not have any. A couple times I gave in to temptation and had a yogurt or some ice cream. After a week or so, I was successful though and I moved on to my next goal of cutting soda out of my diet. Soda was difficult to get
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