Ladies, has this ever happened to you? This situation took place before I started to get on this fit track. I’m with a friend at some sort of “health event.” She was busy talking to someone and I went to look for the bathroom. I see all these amazingly fit people walking around looking “tight and right” so I’m like, “Well, hey, I’m here! I might as well ask a question or two.” (Why did I do that?)
So, I ask a guy what do I need to do to get started with a healthy lifestyle and he looks me up and down and he says, “Go to the gym and eat less.” Wow. Really?! I mean, he didn’t say it in a nasty way, but if losing weight and being healthy was as simple as he says it is, we would all be walking around with our bodies looking like beautiful masterpieces. (It would really be super easy because instead of eating 3 donuts and 4 slices of pizza, we would eat 1 donut and 2 slices of pizza; and that’s just the pre-dinner snack!) However, life just doesn’t work that way. Then he goes on to tell me to consume less sugar and salt, eat your grains but don’t eat certain ones, chop up your green veggies and put it in a drink for breakfast…
Whoa! Slow down “Mr. fitness gym guy”! I was just looking for the bathroom; I don’t know even know how I got here.
How did I get here?
Actually, I know exactly how I got there, and you do, too. Take a hard look at yourself, not the physical you but the inner part, and you will know exactly how you got to a place of wanting and needing change in your life. Although I didn’t care for his approach, he did make me look deep within myself and see some things that I could change. But, as is always the case with change, it didn’t happen right away.
Find Your Motivation
Whether you don’t eat right, you’re not working out, or you feel like you don’t have time for the healthy life, the truth is that we all have time for what we value. If you want it, go get it, and don’t quit! There’s a lot of trial and error to this weight loss “stuff”, especially if you have some other health or life issues going on, but find what works for you and keep doing it over and over again. On the days when you don’t have it in you to do anything, just do a little; moving forward in baby steps is still moving forward. Find your motivation.
I like to take progress pictures as it shows the true work I have put in. I tried this approach with my own weight loss and fitness goals. Over time I began to see a trend in my weight; it was constantly up and down. I would lose weight and for various reasons I would gain it all back, but I never quit. This time I made a promise to myself to stick with it because I know what my triggers are to gaining weight and I want more for myself. So, whenever I want to quit I have things that I read to motivate me (like posted notes on my wall) and I think about how I felt before I took this journey. The old me always says not to come back; she needs me to keep moving forward.
Figure out what motivates you, write it down, and read it whenever you feel defeated! Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t make you happy, but it will take many burdens off you, such as health
problems and low energy. Eventually, in place of those burdens, you will start loving what you see in the mirror and gain an increased sense of peace!
Remember: In everything you do, have enough for tomorrow!