The real question is, once you know the right thing, do you have the discipline to do the right thing and, equally important, to stop doing the wrong things? — Jim Collins, Good to Great 

I am now approaching the 3rd month since I started #ProjectTrim , a personal project to trim down weight and be lean again (as the project name implies). So far it has been an effective one, from 71 kgs last August, I am now 9 kg lighter and just 1 kg shy of officially completing this project (because 61 kg is my “ideal” weight).

I have a number of “to-do” lists to start this project: detox, eat more fruits, more veggies, etc. But the things I focus on are in the  below”stop doing” list:

  • stop white rice/refined white bread
  • stop drinking sodas (oh, the sugar)
  • stop eating sweets at night
  • stop taking carbs at night
  • stop complaining

Take note of the word “focus”. I focus on what not to take because eventually, I will give in to other food during the day, and that’s normal. Also, I cannot  choose a crazy, specialized diet for me. It’s just not practically cost-effective and I find it not sustainable in the long term.

I want my diet to be simple, yet effective.

The above “stop doing” list is the one I can say I can do long-term. And that’s what we would want: long-term strategy.  Does it mean you don’t have to do those 3-day or 1-week diet regimen? If you can, just do it. What I am pointing at is after those diet programs, better make sure you can sustain your health revolution by knowing what “not to take”. Ofcourse the “stopping” doesn’t really mean you’ll never put a gram in your mouth for the rest of your life. It just means you have to take these only at a minimum. In my case, if I can help it, I won’t take a single gram of it. Again, it’s a case-to-case basis.

I believe that sticking to your “stop doing” list is already ensuring at least 50% of your success in what you want to achieve. Take my word for it as I have done this four times already. Focus on your “stop doing” list, and you can find yourself binging on the good stuff without any feeling of guilt or worry.

Do your health a favor. She deserves it.