On Sunday, guests brought pumpkin pie and chocolate ice cream as dessert to a gathering at my house. I LOVE pumpkin pie. I LOVE chocolate ice cream.
Taking a pass on those bad boys on Sunday felt like such major deprivation, that I found myself discussing the matter with my husband that night. What a major victory that I did not succumb to their delicious seductions but honestly? I felt like I deserved a treat (at least a gold star!!!) for putting up this fight. And it was depressing thinking that the battle had just begun. I had to do this all over again tomorrow and the next week? till eternity…? argh!
My husband reminded me that all things like riding a bicycle or learning a computing language are difficult when you begin, but soon it becomes second nature. That I was just beginning to practice healthy habits that were important to me…so yes, to battle that initial inertia around changing these habits is difficult but there will come a time when it will be easy IF I STICK WITH IT e.g. IT WON”T ALWAYS BE THIS HARD because I will have built over days and weeks and months and years(!!), a healthy living groove that I will be jiving in and enjoying.
It was really encouraging to think about weightloss/healthy habits from this perspective. IT WON’T ALWAYS BE THIS HARD. Yes, it is really hard to do a plank on the first day of exercise, but was it just my imagination or on Day 3 did it seem just a little bit easier? (folks currently I struggle just getting into the plank position so you see the only way to go is up…lol) And I actually felt a tad proud of me and this old bod for putting it out there on the floor like that. It felt good to challenge my body, challenge myself. Just like my physical body seems to have grown or stretched a bit so am I….and it is just a little exciting, I have to say.
I think I have long underestimated the power of habits. How bit by bit they can transform my life.
“Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last” (seen this attributed as Chinese and Spanish proverb)