As I work on Project Fit and Toned, more and more I begin to realize how this project can seriously significantly change my life. It wasn’t called lifestyle change for nothing. Funny how after months, it’s sinking in just now.
So far, here’s how changing my lifestyle is like:
Your partner will probably be someone who will always be a part of your day. That person will become a habit. If something bad happens, he’s one of the people you call first. If something good happens, you want him to be one of those you celebrate with. Now, imagine if he’s suddenly gone, you’re forced to change the habit that became of him. You’re forced to make do without the habit like I’m forcing myself now to make do without rice everyday (yes, I’m failing). Ack.
It’s like trying to write with your less dominant hand.
If you’re left-handed like me, writing with your right hand will be as difficult as I don’t know what. You’ll be very tempted to take the easier way and go back to using your more dominant hand. I feel the same way as this lifestyle project progresses. I’m tempted to eat food I used to eat because they’re easier to cook or accessible to buy–think hotdog and fastfood.
It’s like learning how to ride a bike.
When I was still learning how to ride a bike, I fell on the ground a couple of times before I developed muscle memory. It took lots of practice. I fall, I go back up, then I fall again. Fortunately, I didn’t stop trying before I began riding a bike without deliberately thinking how I would keep my balance.
I want to reach the point when choosing the healthier option is no longer a conscious effort. Because only when I reach that point can I say that I’m successful with Project Fit and Toned.
My journey starts with making deliberate choices until I don’t notice making them–similar to running on autopilot. It’s not easy but it’s not impossible.