“Make it easy,” I said.
“Drink 5 instead of 6 and work down from there,”
“That sounds manageable,” he said.
I had that conversation with a client recently. We were talking about a habit he had developed over the last few years. He was at a point where he was drinking 6 cans of coke a day. He didn’t know why.
He just did. It was habitual for him.
He’d tried quitting before. He tried drinking diet coke instead. He tried going cold turkey and quitting it all at once. He tried replacing it with water.
Nothing he had tried worked for him. He was desperate. I could hear it in his voice.
I told him he was making things too hard for himself.
The harder you make a goal, the less likely you are to achieve it.
The goal is to make things as easy as possible.
He started drinking 5 cans a day, then 4, then 3. Now he’s down to 2.
Let’s do some quick maths.
There are 139 calories in a can of coke. He was drinking 5 a day which equals 695 calories a day. Times that by 7 and you get 4,865. That’s 4,865 calories a week from coke.
Now he’s at 2 cans of day. 2 cans a day equals 278 calories a day. Times that by 7 and you get 1,946. 4,865 – 1,946 = 2,919
He is now consuming 2,919 calories less a week than he was when he drank 5 cans a day.
That’s a shit tonne of calories.
Soon he’ll only be drinking 1 can a day and the calories will reduce even further.
Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been a smooth ride. He has fallen off the wagon. There’s been times he’s caved. Nonetheless, it’s working.
We put together strategies and routines to help him get to where he is now but I’ll save that for another post.
It’s amazing what happens when you make things easy.
When was the last time you made things as easy as possible for yourself?
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