In an effort to try to keep pace with my twin brother who has recently dropped roughly 10 lbs of weight - I don't want to be the "fat" twin; I've been looking for a way to motivate myself to get on the "fitness" lifestyle track. My twin is very organized and loves to track data, record metrics, and tabulate findings, it's his nature. I, on the other hand, am very much a come what, come may, undisciplined type. I live and eat modestly and am healthy enough, but without counting calories and a total absence of exercise in my daily routine, I've put on more weight than I am comfortable with. Unfortunately, I've always struggled with my self-esteem for bring too skinny - odd that I find myself on the other end of the spectrum now.
I've tried numerous times to start and follow a routine, but find that I drop off pretty quick. I really don't like counting calories in apps (though admittedly, this process does work well), and I tend to jump in with both feet, forcing myself into several uncomfortable practices all at the same time. I change my world, my entire lifestyle, in one single moment.... and hate it.
So, now I'm going to try something new. A slower approach.
In my graphic design classes, I take my students through very complex processes and programs using delineated steps - one small thing at a time, assess, and then add the next. The content comes at them in levels rather that all at once. No one could do it all at the same time without becoming discouraged.
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, a professional minimalist, worked out his own weight loss in levels. Every week, he took a small step forward in his weight loss, assessed his progress, and then leveled up. I'm going to try this same mental maneuver.