Health and Fitness Random Ramblings

It Starts With A Deliberate Choice

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:

It’s like the days after breaking up with someone.

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.

21 Comment

  1. I agree with what you said on changing the mindset.

    I used to see food as entertainment and stress-relief, now I see it as fuel.

  2. I enjoyed reading your insights. You are right, it starts with a deliberate choice and may I add, a change in mindset as well. I haven't achieved perfection when it comes to food choices but somehow, I don't get the same kind of satisfaction eating good-tasting but unhealthy foods. I feel guilty when eating in fastfoods but just a year ago, I wouldn't have cared if I was devouring that greasy fried chicken and fries.

  3. That's very true. You need to make that choice first, and if you're truly committed to that decision, everything else will follow. It won't be easy, though, so you just go through it one day at a time.

  4. I can't wait to start exercising again. Puro lakad lang ako ngayon eh. D: Good thing is, unlike my pregnancy w/ Kelly, my cravings are focused on fish and fruits!

  5. Sure! I'm just about to make an entry about it. :)  I'll drop you a line once it's posted :D

  6. hi, care to share your weight loss routine? i need to lose weight as well… ever since i got married i just kept on packing on pounds and pounds! (hiyang sa asawa?? hehe)

     

  7. Good luck!  Reminds me I have to loose weight again soon too.  Hehehe!  =)

  8. Yeah!  I saw your 6lb lighter self entry. Yey! I love the bustier dress.

  9. I measure with a tape instead.  I can't seem to get an accurate measure with a weighing scale 'coz I'm gaining muscle. 

  10. kaya yan! :-) try to do a weigh in on the same day every week! para you can see how well you did during the week… :-) i've lost 32lbs in 3months… was just targetting 2-3lbs per week but i sometimes reach 5! so happy na ako dun and lalong namomotivate…

  11. That happens to sugary food too. Once you really stop eating it regulary, you won't crave for it.  Can't wait for your review.

  12. I'm on a special diet right now… about 2 weeks ago, i felt like a vampire going vegetarian. but recently, i'm shocked at how i'm beginning to abhor the taste of junk food. hubby's stunned when i refused mcflurry the other day! i'm not yet done with the program so i can't do reviews yet–but i'm hoping to lose some inches around my thighs and tummy.

  13. I'm on a special diet right now… about 2 weeks ago, i felt like a vampire going vegetarian. but recently, i'm shocked at how i'm beginning to abhor the taste of junk food. hubby's stunned when i refused mcflurry the other day! i'm not yet done with the program so i can't do reviews yet–but i'm hoping to lose some inches around my thighs and tummy.

  14. That's what I do!  When I feel lazy, I look for pictures of toned people.

  15. Looking at this pictures it reminds me that I have to go back at my exercise regiment! great post dear! xx Joice

  16. Oh well I just got back on track again. Started a week ago and ought to hit my ideal weight before this year ends :)

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