It’s been four months of failure since PD – Week 4 was written. Preparation or SUS, “set up Sunday” plays an important role in being successful. When I first started a plant based lifestyle, I had no plan, just Dr. McDougall’s book, The McDougall Program – 12 Days To Dynamic Health. This book preached very simple recipes when acclimating to a new routine and how to eat. Over the years, that routine has been lost and I have been going day to day, rudderless, trying to find the right equation to get me back on course.
What happens when you fall back to old habits? I have noticed quite a few changes that have resulted on my life negatively. Falling away from basic principles taught by McDougall and Julie-Marie put me in a place I don’t want to be at. Yet, only I can make the changes to reverse the process. It’s been a very challenging 2018, as I resolved to make strides in improving myself. Yet as we look towards June 1, what minimal progress that was made in the first few weeks have been lost.
Inspiration should come from within, but sometimes a bit of external pushing can help. I have a co-worker who continues to drop weight and get control of his health. He’s been absolutely amazing after a stomach surgery, as he’s held to his program and continued to make great steps, not only in his health, but his active lifestyle. I have run with him a few times, as he’s become more accomplished than I have over the last few years. This is how I saw myself when I was on the road to recovery, as I wrestled with health. Hopefully I can use some of his inspiration to help kick start change.
I know it’s been said time and time again, but I need to micromanage my intake, something that you shouldn’t have to do when following a Protective Diet. Yet some of the greatest strides I made, where made using software to track everything I ate. Every day is a new day and it’s never too late to start. Hopefully tomorrow is that day.