Sometimes, old habits are the hardest to break

We all have a bad habit that we just can’t seem to break. Mine is nail biting. I’ve been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. It’s such an unattractive habit too and one I’ve tried to break SO many times. I’ve pretty much tried everything too – applied that nasty tasting nail polish, wore gloves, permitted the reminder slap if caught biting away. Nothing seems to work, my will power is always shattered by my stubborn and persistent nature.

A couple weeks ago, a friend and I went for pedicures. The lady at the salon convinced me to get a manicure, which seemed absurd…I mean I have no nails. Somehow she managed to make what little nails I had look pretty and I have to proudly say that I have not bitten my nails since. Go me! Who knew that a simple manicure would be the thing that makes me not want to bite my nails? Sadly, I tragically lost one of my nails to a filing cabinet incident. I was so mad but I will not be defeated…I have clipped and filed the nail and will give it a chance to grow again!

The question is why are some habits harder to break than others?

  1. LuLu

    July 19, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Maggie – I had to start over again. My nails are very weak from biting them for so many years. The manicure helped get me started and then its a matter of just willing yourself not to bite. I think it’s like quitting smoking 🙂 I do recommend finding some sort of nail strengthener and apply it often. I find that if something is on my nails I’m less likely to want to bite them and it will help strengthen the nail which for nail-biters tends to get very brittle and weak. Good luck!! 🙂

  2. Maggie

    July 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    That’s great that you stopped! How are you doing now? When you say you had no nails, do you really mean hardly any nails, I barely have over the moons. I don’t think I could get a manicure. Do you think I could have tips? Maggie

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