I don’t know about you guys but don’t like to start the new year with all of these resolutions on how I’m going to be a better me, be more fit, take more vacation, excel in my career and etc. Now don’t get me wrong, its great to have a plan and a goal, however I feel like when I continuously press the reset button it sets me up for failure as I resort to that excuse time and time again knowing I can just “start over”.
That use to be me pretty much my entire 20’s and possibly even into my early 30’s. However, I’ve come to this discovery through my own personal journey that being healthy and fit is a mindset. I know that sounds cliche but let me explain. For example, if you look at the week ahead and say, “ok, on Monday I’m going to eat healthy all week and on Saturday I’ll have a cheat day and do whatever I want”. That mindset, will set you up for failure – at least it did for me. I would over indulge on the weekends and it would start to roll over into the next week. Why, because I looked at my life as a payment/reward system. Like if you do this, then you get to have this. With dieting I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t have to be so hard. Now my mindset is simply, I’m going to be as active and eat as healthy as possible everyday. Does that mean I don’t splurge on some meals? Absolutely not, but the splurging becomes less and less and the desire to be healthy and eat healthy food becomes greater and greater.
Now I will say, there is a way of getting healthier gradually, like I did overtime or there is a reboot that works for some people. I’m not one of those people, however it does work for some. By a reboot I mean juicing or detoxing of some sort to rid your body of sugar and processed foods. Honestly, once that step happens you path becomes that much clearer. It takes approx. 10-21 days to rid your body of sugar and the addiction to sugar. Once you’ve won that battle, the rest is just up to you to stay motivated to be healthy. Anyone can do it. Many people of all shapes and sizes have done it and continue to do it, you have to want to change and then you have to make gradual steps towards your goal.
Being active is a huge part of this equation as it helps to stay motivated and it helps to keep your focus. When you are active you are also more likely to grab for the apple rather than the candy bar because you just ran 3 miles. Starting out is the hardest part but establishing a routine and making a date for yourself to do something active. For example, I will start each week and plug in classes I want to take or pre-plan my workouts with a time. If I miss a morning workout, I vow to make myself do something in the evening and visa versa. It’s balance and its dedication to yourself to improve your well-being.