When first starting my health journey about 4 – 5 years ago, I had no clue what a positive impact this would have on every aspect of my life. We don’t always see this when starting out because we are in the moment and the results don’t always present themselves instantly. It was a struggle for me to remain consistent in the gym, create ALL new eating habits, and having the patience and persistence to continue this lifestyle FOREVER. Where this has led me is truly indescribable and I hope to help you start your journey and see your full potential after reading this.
So, let’s start with the gym… We all know we must get there, however, after working, kids, and cooking who really has the energy to go? What if I told you if you went, you would have more energy to get all those things done and feel better doing them? What worked for me may not work for you, but I really enjoyed going first thing in the morning. Starting my day with having already accomplished the gym made for a much more positive start and not to mention it was done and over with. If you can get yourself a workout partner or even a trainer (most important for beginners), even better. The accountability is what will be key when first starting and creating a habit that will eventually be apart of your lifestyle.
Eating was one of the most difficult things for me to get under control. Not eating cookies whenever I wanted, not participating in every work potluck, and having to say, “NO” in general to all the things I thought at the time made me happy. I had to find guidance in this area because I didn’t know where to start. This led me to buying meals from a friend and as I started seeing what she made me, I eventually took on the task of meal prepping on my own. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. My meals were prepared, I grabbed them from my fridge, but most importantly it kept me from cheating. Once I started noticing the results I wanted, I was able to bring back some of the things I liked, however, this time it was all in moderation. I worked so hard to get where I was, those 3 cookies I ate previously turned into splitting a cookie with a friend/coworker. DO NOT make food the enemy, however, control YOURSELF and portion sizes.
I want everyone to know eating more nutritious isn’t something you do than stop. It is something you turn into a habit and continue to do over a lifetime. This means you should not deprive yourself and have patience. Rome was not built in a day friends! When you think you are not seeing the results you want, is when the changes are about to happen. Just a little Food4Thought.