Building New Habits

August 16, 2007 · 1 comment

I wrote a post yesterday called Losing Weight Is Like Playing Poker that I fancied to be a pretty good analogy.  That is, until I read The Pound Slayer’s Flying a New Kite.  Wow, color me impressed.

In the early days of bridge building, step one was to fly a kite from one side of a ravine to the other. Builders on the opposite side would catch the kite, ground it, and tie the end of the string to a slightly thicker string. The builders on the first side would then pull the new string across the ravine, tie an even heavier string to it, and reverse direction. This process continued until they had a cord, a rope, a chain, and eventually a steel beam across the ravine, strong enough to support the workers and their tools.

This process of slowly crossing that span and building up a bridge he compares to the process of building up good habits.  I can totally relate to this.  For me “flying the kite” was setting up this blog and starting to write about these issues.  As I work to build strength training, cardio, moderation and all others sorts of good habits I am building the bridge of a fitter me.

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poundslayer August 16, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for the link! I’m honoured.

I still say your poker analogy is better though, I’m using it now when I don’t like what I see in the mirror and want to binge… I say to myself “focus on decisions, not results… we’re in this for the long haul”

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