Confessions from an Ex Fat Boy

Project 31 - Jumpstart to change

Posted On 8:47 PM by Keeven |

Hello my dear readers,

Today, we are doing something different. I thought of something more practical. Well, we all have some bad habits that we would like to change don't we?. But changing a bad habit is not as easy as what people think. And you know it is. I've seen thousands of people sign up for new gym memberships every day and within less than four weeks they've already thrown in the towel, never to step foot in that gym again. Don't be like them. I'm not trying to discourage you, I want you to succeed and to believe in yourself and to realize that you can and will transform your life, and you'll do it one step at a time. And Project 31 is my way of offering a little encouragement and support.

What is Project 31?

I have constant struggle over my journey, fighting my temptations on food, resisting the urge to smoke, controlling my temper and many others. I know that some of you are trying very hard to change your bad habits forever, constantly fighting but never quite there. Some of you might be struggling to get the momentum. However, I know there are still some out there waiting not willing to work but wish one day something magically will happen.

So, Project 31 requires you to identify only ONE habit which you really need to change right now. And when I mean Now, I really mean NOW!. Stop giving excuses like "This is not the right time" Because you and I know there isn't. Stop thinking, start doing! It need not be related to weight loss. It might be about food or exercise, it could be alcohol or drug related, your long-term goals or perhaps some other kind of destructive habit. Project 31 only wants you to identify ONLY ONE habit in order to focus on that ONE particular destructive habit and addressing that one part at a time. We cannot rush into it. Rushing to change 100 habits at a time only results to failure.

Why 31?

Well, 31 simple means 31 days. You might think it may not be sufficient for you to change but it’s surely enough time for everyone here in the bloggersphere to help you generate some momentum, provide some motivation and hopefully provide a platform to jump start your change. I can only teach you to walk but eventually you have to walk on your own. The decision lies in your hands.

How to Participate?

Submit a comment stating the following:

1. State the ONE habit you want to face
2. Why do you choose to do so and why is important to you.
3. Why this time it will be different.

Keep it short and simple.

Every Monday, you are require to write an update in the comment section of that day's post. This is to keep you focused and devoted. It will act like a checklist. Other people are encourage to join in and comment on each others problems, achievements and progress. Your update may contain:

1. One positive thing you noticed this week.
2. What are you looking forward to next week.

The official ’start date’ of Project 31 is next Monday (September 15) and ends on Thursday (October 15). This will give all of you some time. Nevertheless, you can start right now if you like to. In fact I would prefer that. So start clicking on the comment box!


Ex Fat Boy
8 Response to 'Project 31 - Jumpstart to change'
  1. Keeven'> September 9, 2009 at 10:12 AM

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  2. Sherre'> September 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    I'm in on Project 31! My habit is going to be exercise ... EVERY SINGLE DAY. Thank you for doing this ... I need all the help I can get.


  3. Chai Latté'> September 10, 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Thanks for the prod Keeven! I will definitely think about this!


  4. Antoinette'> September 10, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    This is definitely something to consider doing. I'm going to brainstorm on what I'd like to work on first and I'll be back to commit to it. :)

    Great blog! Follow. :)


  5. Antoinette'> September 11, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    I'm back. :)

    I commit to 20 minutes of exercise a day. I will mainly focus on Pilates though because I've been having some back pain and I know from experience that Pilates usually helps me with that. Plus, Pilates always makes me stand taller and feel leaner. It's a win win!


  6. Keeven'> September 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Thanks for the support people!
    Back pain is really frustrating. I was genetically born flat footed and so I couldn't run or jog more than 20 minutes without feeling the pain in my back. Nonetheless, there are proper way of running which I found out later which could reduce the pressure on both my knees and back. Yes, we may be disadvantage on certain aspect, but never let them stop you from achieving what you want. And yes Pilates definitely would help. Choosing to commit yourself to solve your back pains is a great! I'm so proud of you and I think others will be as well. Do keep me updated on your progress.


  7. Anonymous'> September 15, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Ok, my behaviour change:
    1) Earlier to bed so I can get up at 6:00 to exercise my dogs. It will be dark, but I need to do it early cause I'm really bad in my time management
    2)It will get me fitter and I want this to be a long term habit, building on and supporting other healthy habits.(not to mention good for the dogs!)
    3)It will be different this time because I’m going to start my change the night before, relaxing and going to bed early.


  8. Steven'> September 20, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Hi all,

    I’d love to join this challenge – hope I’m not too late.

    My habit that I will break is to stop buying packets of junk food and eat it all in one sitting. If I feel the urge to do that, I will read a letter that I’ve written to myself about all the reasons why I shouldn’t, and eat something healthy instead.

    I will do this for the next 31 days. I will then continue to do this after the 31 days are over.

    Thanks for this project Keeven!