Starting healthy lifestyle can be challenging especially if you haven't exercised in awhile. When I started my healthy lifestyle journey in 2011 it was not a smooth process. When I met my husband he was in the best shape and though I appeared healthy I hadn't exercised in years. I knew I needed to get healthier because I was tired and was often winded after walking up a flight of stairs. Meeting him was what I needed to kick start my journey to a healthy me.
I didn't have a poor diet but I did enjoy sweets they were my weakness. I often put myself on diets each year eliminating sweets for a few months then slowly welcoming them again. I was trying to get rid of the craving but all I could think about is having something sweet once I was off of my no sugar diet. I tried eliminating carbs and sugar one year and that was the worth three months of my life. I was so emotional and mood swings had me high one day and low another. I realized that eliminating all the carbs wasn't something my body enjoyed.
I started exercising doing P90X and running in the park in the morning and I was consistent for months then I got busy and gave it up. I knew I needed to exercise and get my diet in check but it wasn't on the high priority list. I kept this up for six years, each year my new year resolution would be the same, for three months I would go on the Daniel Fast, eliminating sugar, and workout. I would sign up for the Body Builder challenge that they have each year on their website for people looking to get in shape. I would push myself for those 12 weeks and then after the challenge go back to my regular habits. I knew I needed get get healthier but I didn't have the motivation.
I was allowing excuses to get in the way. In 2017 I decided to get rid of all the excuses, I was out of shape, tired, anemic, and couldn't run without getting tired. I needed to get healthier not just for my family but for myself. I told myself that I will not longer go on a diet, that eating healthier and exercising will become a habit, no excuses.
I told myself that I was going to workout everyday because I had enough of my own excuses. Blaming time and tiredness, paying for a gym membership and barely using it. I knew that this was my last time quitting on myself because if I wanted to change my health I couldn't do it half way I had to go all in. I did it, I workout everyday, ate healthier, that year I went vegan, bought a house, and succeeded in so many things that I was allowing fear and excuses to stop me from. It was time that I did something and actually see it through. No longer disappointing myself, this was my breaking point.
How to Start a Healthy Lifestyle?
Decide your why: When I reached my breaking point it was then that I started to ask myself why I wanted this? This "why" is the reason why I am still on this journey and haven't given up.
Create a Plan: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail" -Benjamin Franklin. When I started my journey I knew that I had to create a plan including what time I was going to workout, what type of exercises I was going to perform, what am I going to eat. I created my plan, wrote my workouts down, created my grocery list for my food, and this kept me organized and on track to achieve my goal.
Eliminate Distractions: "You can't do big things if you're distracted by small things." -Unknown. If you want to get healthier you have eliminate the distractions that are going to get in your way. Watching Netflix, hanging with friends, family, eating out, if you haven't devoted time to you workout and planning your food. Yes, you may be missing out on fun but invite your friends and family to join you on this journey. Find healthy restaurants together. Make it a friendly competition. If they choose not to join, don't let them stop you from staying on this journey. It will be hard in the beginning with with time it will get better.
Start Immediately: Now that you have your "why", created a plan, and eliminated distractions, now it's time to get to work. Decide on the day you want start and don't overthink it, don't start on Monday if you created your plan on Friday, start immediately while it's fresh in your system. Most people who act on something immediately will likely keep up the habit. Don't waste time, and find yourself like me six years later finally starting.
Starting a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge in the beginning but everything new comes with a challenge and once we stay consistent at the task, it becomes a habit.
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