For many years, I lost my motivation to eat well and train regularly. Fortunately, I rediscovered my long-lost discipline with my desire to delay death for as long as possible. A major motivation came from losing my wonderful brother last year to a massive stroke. He suffered the same tragic demise as our father. I would have been on the same track if I did not make a drastic change to my lifestyle.
Fortunately, I have managed to drop over 15 kilos of pure unadulterated fat. My son Dennan found me a dietitian, who initially proposed that I avoid carbs for two out of seven lunches a week. That seemed realistic so I went for it. We gradually built it up to 3-5 lunches and also reduced my overall carbs.
Being a Chinaman, I never thought I could eat Asian meals without rice. Or eat lots of colourful vegetables. But I realised I am capable, and now I have now developed a habit of sensible eating and lots of plant-based foods.
I’ve also been running, which I absolutely detest, but to date I have not missed a session. I’m doing three runs per week which I started during the lockdown (I had the club all to myself!) The many little successes spurred me on to continue as I did not want to lose the achievements.
Overeating, eating badly, and sugar are addictions that I developed when I was 8 years old. My mum planted the seed in my head that a fat kid was a healthy kid! She used to make me sandwiches with white bread, heavy butter, and lots of white sugar.
When I was 10, I came second last in cross country my year and only because there was a kid fatter than me. I came to Sydney at 11 and my life totally changed for the better, except for the first few weeks when I discovered milkshakes and chips!
Boarding school, foreign food and sports were the reasons for the beginning of my transformation. I remember my huge achievement of running around the 400m oval without stopping. This torturous run led me to become a decent athlete, culminating in playing for my school in the firsts rugby, and firsts basketball.
I had to do the torturous run again, half century later, during lockdown. My first jog on the treadmill was 600m at a blistering pace of 6km/hr. Every week I increased the speed and distance. My progress was slow but sure, as I am now running 1.8km at over 8km/hr. My aim is to run 2km as I continue to increase the speed.
I do not like running but I love the results. I feel so much better about myself and feel proud that I have regained my discipline.
Should you wish to develop a new habit to success, here are my suggestions:
• Find your motivation and/or inspiration.
• Set your plan with easy achievable goals. As you succeed with your goals, you will gain confidence and encouragement.
• Commit to it and “do it.”
• Don’t try… Trying is something you do when you test ice cream flavours.
• Be tolerant and kind to yourself, as there will be failures along the way. They are just speed humps.
• Persistence is essential
I am happy to assist if you wish. Just contact me via the front desk or speak with me when you see me wandering around the club aimlessly.
Happy New Year! What does your path to success look like in 2022?