It’s all part of the journey

This week I was reminded to take a step back and stop being so hard on myself.  Sometimes I get into this routine of thinking I’m not doing enough, I should be eating healthier, I should be working out more and it starts to stress me out.  I get into this downward spiral of negative self talk, which then projects outwardly into my relationships, my work and my overall daily outlook on life.  It’s not exactly pretty.  What I have found over the years is that negative self talk contributes to my stress and emotional instability causing me to dig myself into this hole, starting to eat more, not becuase I’m hungry but becuase that’s all I can focus on  In turn, I start becoming more depressed because I don’t have the energy to workout which then contributes to my stress of eating more and not working out.  Do you see what I mean?  It’s a downward spinning cycle and once you get sucked into the vortex it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and regain the positivity you once had.

My point to all of this is to help people though my experience and what I have learned through trial and error, what I have learned from teaching others so therefore they are real life examples of things that people struggle with on a daily basis when trying to be healthy.   You have to go into a healthy lifestyle with positive thoughts and a focus on an end goal.  Is your goal focused on physical attributes or emotional?  It should be a combination of both.  Most people go into most things with an idea of goal and it ends up spitting out byproducts of so many more benefits than you originally intended.  Take losing weight for example.  If you decide you want to start eating healthy to lose weight you immediately start thinking about the physical attributes.  Maybe you will think about the emotional stuff like “I want to feel better” or “I want to have more energy” but generally speaking there is an end physical goal.

Let’s go with that.  Let’s say you want to lose 10 pounds in 2 months.  A completely realistic and safe goal that is attainable at about 1-2lbs/week.  You immediately imagine yourself at that weight to give you inspiration.  We are visual people so it’s easier if we can see ourselves at that goal so we can give ourselves the inspiration we need to succeed.  Now we start to think about all of the things we need to change.  For instance, “I need to go to the gym 3-4 days a week and do X”, or “I need to start eating X calories a day”, or ” I need to remove all processed foods from my diet”…..the list goes on.  Rather than thinking about all of things we need to change, why not embrace where we are today? By taking into account your current fitness regimen, which may be non existent, why not focus on a first step rather than taking a giant leap and committing yourself to 3-4 days a week when maybe you don’t remember the last time you were in a gym ?  Why not commit to a daily, attainable goal?  For example, committing to take the stairs everyday at work, or walking during lunch or just being more active?  If you start out with too big of a commitment and tend to lack the motivation, this can be the ultimate reason you give up because the task at hand seems too large.  For this very reason you see gym hikes by 60-80% in January and within 8-10 weeks the drop off is virtually the same as the spike.  It’s astounding to see and it all comes down to setting goals based on the individual.  These are small, attainable goals that eventually get you to reach your larger goal.

97103594-1089-4334-8375-D24900EDE417When people ask me what to do to lose weight, how to eat healthier, what to do at the gym I always ask the same question.  Tell me where you are currently?  What do you currently eat?  What do you do now to stay active?  What is feasible within your work/home life schedule?  All of these things NEED to be taken into consideration or you are setting yourself up for failure.  There is not a quick fix.  It takes time, dedication, preparation and a positive attitude.  Sure there will be days when we have one of but not all of these things but the important thing is to stay focused on your goal, have a plan, stick to the plan and stay positive.  The rest will fall into place.

 

 

My journey to achieve a healthy life

Welcome to my Blog!  I’m happy you decided to take a few minutes out of your busy life to read about my journey.  Hopefully by reading this you will find your own inner drive to be the ultimate you.  My goal is to share with you things that inspire and motivate  me while in turn, it reflects on to you to be able to provide the inspiration you need to accomplish your goals.  I will try to provide relevant information about what I do to live a healthy life from my food journal, recipes, workouts, travel, skincare and overall beauty tips.  My passion in life is to help others find what inspires them and to help you reach your goals.  To truly love yourself and radiate love, confidence and a passion for a healthy life it starts on the inside. 

I’ve really come to the realization that in order to make a difference in your life, or anybody else’s life, you have to be proactive.  Being proactive is a choice you make, every single day.  Things won’t change unless you make it happen.  This requires an extreme amount of self motivation and/or encouragement from friends and family.  The reason I mention this is because a lot of people complain about their current circumstances, but really have no drive to change direction.  Its like they want it to be magically “fixed”! 

 What is your motivation?  What drives you to be successful?  What motivates you to be the best you can be?  For me, it’s a lot of things!  For me it’s a combination of extreme self coaching, support from friends and family, a positive attitude and a drive to accomplish a goal.  Some days are definitely harder than others, and you will have days you fail.  Its ok to fail.  You pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going. 

People are always telling me they can’t workout like I do or eat like I do and I tell them that I’ve not always been this way.  I too had my days of eating Oreos, pizza, drinking soda and putting unlimited amount of bad, proccessed foods in my body.  Its a decision to make a change, followed by daily action steps towards your goal.  Some days you will take a step back, but you keep moving forward and eventually your steps forward will overtake your steps backwards and you will begin moving the the right direction. 

So, think about what you want to accomplish, what steps you need to take to get there and start by taking the first step TODAY.  Not next month, not next week, not tomorrow, but TODAY!