Daily Prompt: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?
I admit I have used both methods to make a change. Not on the same change, at the same time mind you.
When I had an inguinal hernia I had to wait for surgery, then the recovery period afterwards, I gained almost 50 lbs. did try to watch my eating, but back then I was working about 55 hours each week as a carpenter and needed about 3000 calories a day to maintain my weight. The body doesn’t accept a lower intake of food, while not being as active, and for this I blame my distant ancestors, somewhere about the Neanderthal area of my family tree. So once I was able to get active again, however also changing fields of work, I made some changes to get back to a healthier weight. I started walking the seawall around Stanley Park in Vancouver at least three times per week, and walking to and from the grocery store. Walking to the store meant I was limited to what I could carry, so my decision to only buy healthy natural foods was easier to stick to. No temptation to buy that extra-large bag of potato chips, that was on sale, or that Black Forest cake. So those were cold turkey changes, but the results were definitely achieved incrementally.
When I decided to see if I could live without a vehicle, and not replace my pick up truck, I joined a car sharing service, with the intent of trying it for a year. This way I could still have access to a vehicle when needed, allowing me to learn how to live in a major city car free. A year later I found that was the way to go, and have since stayed with the car share idea, as there are times where you just need a vehicle.