One of the most poignant memories of my childhood is being a “fat kid” and wishing that I could have a second chance with my body. I’m certain childhood pain drove a lot of my ambitions as an adult.
Across my life, I’ve been given second, third, fourth, fifth… chances at health and fitness.
It’s only been the last eleven years that I’ve managed to hold a stable weight.
Towards the end of January, I noticed that I had edged over my “winter ceiling weight.” I have a range that I move between (165-170 pounds).
Because my weight can move 4 pounds in an hour, I watch trends over time. For example, I need to be over 170 pounds for a couple weeks before I’ll take that weight as real.
Typically, when a little heavy, I will schedule a week-long cycling trip and sort myself out by adding a ton of exercise. However, that’s not possible this year so I needed to come up with something different.
I start by looking at the low-hanging fruit…
The week before I decided to take action, I had eight beers and four dinners of Pad Thai noodles. So I latched onto that and came up with the cleanse.
The fact that I was choosing a lot of beer and noodles told me something about all of my choices!
Keep everything the same, ditch two things that are holding me back.
The game is..
- Little changes, early, before I need them
- Microchanges are more of an inconvenience, than painful
The result => I’m highly likely to make the changes stick
Then sit back and see what happens.
This leads me to the next stage and I’m reminded that…
Good things happen slowly => I thought I’d be off this thing in less than a week but, absent excessive exercise, my body changes slowly.
Look at the why => week three of living without the “comfort” of beer and Pad Thai showed me that they really weren’t comforting at all. I feel the same. Maybe a little better!
These two “facts of life” are obvious from the outside but I’m prone to fooling myself and need reminders.
This cleanse is relatively easy. The tougher changes are the one’s that touch on our spiritual, emotional and intellectual nutrition!
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