There's a saying, at least where I grew up, that goes like this: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". I'm going to try to dispel that myth. After 7 decades of learning I may qualify as an expert on the subject. Wellllllll, maybe I know a little about it. When did I get to be an old dog. According to my body it happened about 20 years ago - give or take 15 years.
Learning is not the exclusive domain of the young and "set in your ways" is not exclusive to senior citizens. That "set in you ways" thing is the biggest obstacle to learning new tricks.
I grew up eating meat and back then, in the Midwest, steaks were cooked well done. I went to college on the east coast and after flight training I joined a squadron on the east coast. We found that a lot of those folks ate their steaks RAW!!!
At least it looked raw to me. My wife grew up eating the same dry steaks that I did and one night we decided to try a steak medium. Son of a gun - it was GOOD. From there we tried medium rare and really liked that. I have an Uncle back home and he has never eaten anything but a well done steak and won't try anything else. Come on - you don't learn new things unless you either try it or educate yourself. My Uncle is 3 years older than me but definitely "set in his ways".
I learned my multiplication tables by sitting down and memorizing them. The teacher gave me the sheet of paper and all I had to do was learn it. It was 1948, I was 7,definitely not "set in my ways", and eager to learn. Now I'm 70, wanting to change, eager to learn, but, I'll admit it, "set in my ways" and have been for a long time.
Changing my eating is requiring me to eat a lot of new things and replacing some old friends. Well, I thought pizza, cheese, pie, cookies, and snack crackers were my friends until I couldn't bend over and touch my toes. I don't visit those friends much these days but I'm making new friends. My old "way" was eating Oatmeal cookies but now I learned a new trick. I can make a bowl of Quaker Oatmeal, toss on some fruit, have a cup of Yogurt, and enjoy my breakfast. It's only one step in learning how to eat better but one of many steps that I need to take. My teacher for this is Sparkpeople. It's all laid out here for me but I have to put in the work to learn it and to do it. I'm starting to understand that I do have to deal with stress eating. I thought that was other people. Wrong!
I thought it would be easy to go back to exercising regularly. Wrong again. I have to push myself every day and understand that the TV is not my friend. In fact, I thought this whole thing would be a piece of cake. I was obviously delusional.
This change is definitely not a diet. My weight was the catalyst for change but I finally figured out that it isn't the true measure of the change. This old dog is learning a lot of new tricks - and some things about myself that I'm not happy with.
Enjoy the ride,