Update, Day 11: I totally fell off the wagon last week, and now I’m back on. I’m not surprised it happened, I bit off a lot to chew.
I’ve settled into a comfortable pattern now:
Monday through Friday: 16:8 intermittent fasting from 8PM to noon the following day, Huel at work for the first two meals of the day, caffeine isn’t banned outright but is kept to a minimum of 1 cup of coffee or 2 cups of tea. Dinner is usually plant-based, and I make an effort to eat a wide variety of produce. Occasionally I eat fish or meat, but I try to keep it on the low end. I am working out at least 1-2 times each week, with a new focus on moderation, proper form, breathing, and variety.
Weekends: Uh, whatever man. I can eat from sunrise to sunset if I want. I generally don’t, though.
I intend to continue minimizing sugar, dairy, and wheat. Long term, I don’t plan to cut them out of my diet entirely, but they’ll likely be relegated to my dining-out meals as an occasional treat. The couple days I fell off the wagon last week, I ate sugar, dairy, and wheat in excess. I felt absolutely terrible afterwards. Not from guilt, just physically. Terrible.
I’ve stayed strong on the no-spending. My debit card remains lonely in the freezer, pining for human contact. Take that, capitalism!
I’m pleased at how easy it was to adjust to spending less. I’m going to try and retain this frugality by not bringing my debit card with me while out and about unless I am making a conscious decision to use it. This has made me particularly conscious of how often I buy takeout to eat mindlessly at work.
When I fell off and ate all the stuff, I also slipped on yoga and meditation. I’m back to it now, as of today. Meditation has shocked me in how much it has improved my baseline mood, and my relationships with others. Yoga too. Yoga makes me feel a deeper connection to my body (a feeling long obscured by slumping over my office desk and eating chips).
It helps me to frame habit change in the context of when I’m going to fail, not if. I can try and make as many changes in my lifestyle as I want, but I know myself, and I know I’m going to break and do something that goes against what I want in the long-term. It’s cool. We’d all be better prepared to make lasting changes if we accepted that obstacles like short-term gratification are always part of the journey to healthier lifestyle choices.
Today is a good day.
“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” - Thich Nhat Hanh