I can’t tell you how many times i’ve made a new years resolution to lose weight, workout more, or eat better. For the most part, I do great for a few days but it quickly falls apart. I’m sure i’m not the only one this has happened to! It feels terrible. It almost feels like you are constantly setting yourself up for failure. I really wanted to make a lifestyle change and become an overall healthier person, but how exactly do I do that? I went ahead and set a new years resolution for 2016, and you guessed it- I want to live a healthier lifestyle. Surprisingly enough, its now mid-february and I can say I am definitely sticking to my goal. What is different this time, you ask?
I am thinking more about being healthy, as opposed to looking skinny.
I think all people are self-conscious to a certain degree. It impacts some people more than others, to extents that deplete the overall quality of their life. I can definitely say that i’ve experienced being extremely self-conscious to feeling totally free from my mental barriers. I still experience self-consciousness to this day, but as I’ve gotten older i’ve learned to embrace a lot of my flaws that I cannot change. I could never “embrace” living an unhealthy lifestyle. I have always tolerated it, but I think i’ve finally gotten to a point in which I cannot tolerate it much longer. It was like a moment of truth, I realized that want to leave my unhealthy habits in the past and open the door to a more healthier lifestyle. My new years resolution is not to fit into my size 3 jeans again, though that would be nice- it is not my primary goal. Someone can be a size 3 and still be extremely unhealthy. I want to have a healthier attitude towards body image, food, and active living. I focused on the positives, and how much it can improve my life mentally and physically. It does not have an ideal “image”, so there is not an “image” to strive for. I strive to make healthier decisions everyday, and I encourage myself to make daily goals and weekly goals as opposed to year long goals. Sure, i’ve thought about where I would like to be by the end of the year, but I find that it is much easier to focus on the present. It has really helped me out in staying positive of transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. I’ve made much better nutritional choices and I’ve started working out 3-5 times a week. Again, I am not really visualizing any kind of “image” that I want to become. I really just want to feel healthier, and more positive. I’ve been doing this for about 6 weeks now, and I feel great. In such a short time, I already feel like a completely different person, and I just so happen to lose 2-3 pounds of fat since changing my attitude. I did’t set a goal to lose weight, but it is happening naturally because of my commitment to changing my attitude towards living healthier.
I’m not starving myself.
I’ve learned that being healthy (in my opinion, that is) is not about eating less. It is about eating more. Eating more vegetables, fiber, healthy fats and other wholesome foods. It is about ensuring that your body has the right fuel to operate daily and efficiently. I have changed the way I looked at food, which has changed the way I consume it. I look at food as fuel, not an indulgence. I used to “starve” myself, in hopes that my jeans would fit more comfortably. No wonder I wasn’t making any progress! My body needed the right fuel, and the proper amount of exercise to transform itself. I would never want to starve myself ever again, and who knows what kind of damage i’ve done to my metabolism! I am definitely eating more, I am eating more healthy and purposefully. This is important, and changing the way I see food has changed the way I decide to consume it. Certainly, I indulge sometimes- the occasional piece of chocolate or slice of cheesecake from time to time. I am not going to torture myself by eliminating all sugars and sweets. You need to live a little, too.
I learned the importance of having support.
Anytime you are setting a goal, it is important to ensure that people around you are cheering for you and motivating you. If they are not doing either, that’s okay. As long as they are not trying to bring you down. Luckily, no one around me is trying to bring me down but I could definitely use all the support I could get. Changing lifestyles is not an easy task. Changing an attitude is a very difficult thing to do without the right tools and knowledge. I joined bodybuilding.com and wow. There are so many people who are like me, and not like me but the point is we all have a common goal- to change our lifestyles and reach a goal. Some people have goals that are completely different than my own, and some have goals similar to my own. It feels good knowing that there are other people who are fighting to reach a goal (in terms of nutrition, and taking care of your body), and I love to surround myself with those kind of people. Even if it is online, it still counts!
Support can be found everywhere, even in the gym. Seeing all of the people who are working so hard to transform themselves encourages me to reach my goals too. It is hard to transform the body, because it is hard to transform the mind. I see these people as physical manifestations of attempts to change an attitude, and that really encourages me to continue this fight of changing my attitude towards health.
Surrounding yourself with positive messages that encourage your dedication and motivation is so crucial to your success.
So… what now?
It has only been a month and a half since embarking on this lifestyle change, but I feel really positive about it this time. I am much more encouraged and motivated because my goal is much more meaningful and important. I am excited to see how much more positive i’ll be in a months time, 6 months time, and even after 1 year. I’m sure that by then, I would have learned so much more about changing attitudes and how to stick to a goal.