It’s been a month since I’ve started making strides to a healthier lifestyle, and let me tell you it has not been easy. Every day I have to make the conscious effort to choose me. To choose my health and happiness. I have to work toward a metal change just as much as a physical change. In the words of Dory I have to “Just Keep Swimming”
One of the biggest challenges I have faced so far is saying no. I want that piece of bread sitting in the center of the dinner table (I mean it is free). I want a doughnut because the hot sign is on. I want that mac and cheese and mashed potatoes instead of steamed veggies at the catered work lunch. Saying no to sugar and carbs is really hard, and anyone that tells you different is lying. So how can you say no to all that stuff? My answer is work at it. Just like anything you want to become good at, you need to practice and have patience. You need to change the way you think about food and your relationship with food. Is eating that cookie really worth it? Will that 30 seconds of happiness result in any more happiness later down the road? The answer- Probably not. I wouldn’t be working towards these new goals if I was truly happy with my health. So now when I look at the mac and cheese on the menu or that pack of Oreo’s in the grocery store I think to myself “Am I willing to give up an optional long term happiness for some short term happiness?
But what about what you said in your last post about living your life and having that mimosa at brunch?
My answer to that is don’t deprive yourself. It is up to you to define your happiness and if that day the thing that will make you most happy is to have a cookie, then have the cookie. I am working towards a new lifestyle. When I say my diet, I don’t mean a special course or plan that I am going to be on for a month to get that quick fix of weight loss. I am talking about what I am going to eat/drink for the rest of my life. I want to change my life forever and not just until I hit my healthy goal weight. So I want to enjoy my life and be happy but I also want to make sure I am making decisions that lead me towards my new healthy life.
A month into the rest of my life and I am so happy. I have lost 10 pounds which is a huge accomplishment. I have about 50 more pounds to go before hitting my goal but I already am feeling the effects. I have so much more energy, I have a clearer mind and I have gained more confidence in myself that I can do anything I put my mind to.
Thank you again for following me though this journey and I can’t wait to see what’t in store in the future!