I’ve always been a pretty thin person, but my post-racing-driving-sitting-behind-a-desk career has brought to me a harsh reality - I need to lose some weight.
So, as I stood on scale the other day and looked down at the needle as the numbers behind it grew inexorably higher, it suddenly dawned on me that I was looking at a gauge indicating the health of my body, like a fuel gauge in a car showing how much is left in the tank.
I also realized that to get the needle to do what I want it do, like go down on the scale and move slower on the fuel gauge, requires me to do one main thing. Change my behavior.
Gosh, when you put it that way, it sounds daunting. But, really its not. After all, I’ve been doing it for several years now in the process of Ecodriving.
It is just the realization that every little bit counts. In Ecodriving we refer to the concept as cumulative effect. Doing all the little things you can and seeing how they add up to fuel savings. Watching how hard you accelerate, monitoring your throttle inputs, reading intersections, carefully maintaining momentum, coasting and so on and so forth.
As I sit here and eat my 2nd Fuji apple of the morning I know that I am doing the same thing with my eating behavior. Choosing fruit instead of fruit filled danish, reducing my snacking (I have an intense weakness for Ding Dongs), drinking 2% instead of whole milk and so on and so forth.
Neither process has forced me to completely change who I am (although I’m hoping that the dieting will change how much of me there is). Ecodriving and dieting are just balanced, common sense approaches to meeting goals that are important to me. And to top it off, (with cottage cheese instead of whipped cream of course) both Ecodriving and dieting have multiple benefits.
Benefits like, increased fuel economy, more energy, reduced carbon footprint, fitter looking body, fewer accidents, better mental stamina, so on and so forth.
But again, the main driving process here is this: I have to subtly change my behavior, it is my responsibility and no one elses’.
So, look. If you already know what it takes to make a healthy person and you do those things in a common sense balanced fashion, then Ecodriving will be an easy jump for you.
Just remember that every little bit counts. Now, where did I put that orange?
Ecodriving – it works.