Today marks the start of the second week. Week one was all about not worrying about anything, eating and drinking all the things, and using the weather as an excuse to avoid exercise. This week is all about making some changes to my daily routine, to give me a kick start I re-read Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, and chose a few things to get me going.
Anyone spending more than a couple of minutes with me would come to the conclusion that I'm a rebel so it can be hard to get me to do something and then to keep me doing it. However, it turns out I am exceptionally vain so appearing to be the type of person I believe myself to be is very important. So if a person like me would do x I'm more inclined to do it, more than it being something I want to do, should be doing, or would be to my benefit. It's very annoying, but I'm not going to change. And there's nothing like being on holiday for having the time to think about what your best self looks like.
More than anything else, my best self eats fruit. My actual self eats very little.
So this holiday period (I still have two weeks off work) is all about setting things up so the choice I want to make is also the easiest choice. So I'm combining the strategies of abstaining and convenience. I find it so much easier to go without something altogether than to attempt to moderate my consumption - it means I've made a decision once and I don't have to make it again. I've also made the healthier food choice the easiest to grab. Thankfully it hasn't all involved chopping.
The fruit bowl has moved, it used to live at the far end of the worktop where it was out of the way and as such was mainly used for storing manky bananas, keys and supermarket vouchers. I've moved it to the near end of the worktop, a place I walk past countless times per day, so it's easy to grab some fruit. It really does seem to be that simple to trick myself into doing something, amazing.
A bonus of this move is that there's no room to put stuff on the worktop so that's more likely to end up where it's supposed to go, which is almost certainly the strategy of pairing - putting two good things together to strengthen the habit.
I'm using the same kind of process to get more reading done. Because we're watching so much football at the moment I've made a deal with myself to not watch tv the rest of the time, other than the last few episodes of The Bridge. So when the football isn't on, there's plenty of time to read. It's working well. The weather has helped too, we have been out and about but not for long so we can make sure the buns aren't overheating, we're back by 3pm any day we go out so there's a lovely long late afternoon and evening to laze and flip through the pages. It's all been pretty relaxing, other than the penalties!