Sorry for the no post on Monday, I was enjoying playing too hard with my family and recovering from that yesterday. Hope you all had a happy 4th!
I think there are two things that are the hardest part of changing your life and being healthy. Finding the motivation and sticking with it. I will talk about finding the motivation another time because that requires a lot more for me but sticking with it has been on my mind.
I was chatting with an old roommate earlier, one of the best I ever had, I just love that girl. She was asking me about how you committ to change/stick it out for the long haul.
“That is my hard part. It’s not that I don’t know how to lose weight/what works and I even like healthy food. I just get easily discouraged because results are not fast.”
That really got me thinking and it’s been on my mind all afternoon and I was asking myself, why is it so hard to stick with it?
The first thing that came to mind is that people go WAY extreme in their search for healthy.
Some people can count every single calorie they put in their mouth. Not me, too lazy.
Some people measure and weigh everything. Once again, too lazy. When I am starving I just want to eat!
Some people can buy specialized food that is pre-packaged for just the right caloric/fat/carb whatever intake. Me, no thanks. I like real food that actually tastes good.
Some people do juice cleanses or only drink green drinks. Yuck and not thanks. I need to chew my food and a liquid will have me starving and eating ALL THE FOOD IN THE HOUSE 20 minutes later!
Some people cut out anything sugary, cheesy, carby, fried, pretty much anything that tastes good. Can’t do that, I love all the sugary, cheesy, carby, fried foods!
Some people find a workout plan and do crazy workouts that last hours each day. Or have you puking and passing out because they are so intense. I can’t do that, my body doesn’t want to do something like that and I just am not going to force it. (By the way if you are puking and/or passing out then STOP! You are working way too hard and it is NOT good for your body!)
My point here people is that it doesn’t have to be that complicated. It doesn’t have to require that much time or $ or pain. All of those things I have talked about they aren’t a lifestyle. You can’t keep that up for forever. I am sure you can talk to just about anyone you know and they will have started one of those things and then quit because it just required too much. In my opinion it is pretty easy, it’s not complicated and anyone can do it.
This journey is a lifestyle change. That is the most important part. Whatever you do, it needs to be a part of your lifestyle and then you will be able to stick with it! Now that doesn’t mean you will be perfect but that isn’t the point. The point is that you just keep at it, that you keep things in moderation, that you let yourself splurge and that you make yourself try.
I still struggle with sticking with it. I am the type of person that needs to be in a Spin class where I know I am there for an hour and someone is going to be telling me what to do and I will work hard. Right now that just doesn’t work in with my life because there is a baby girl that needs me at 6:30 in the morning. So I workout at home and go on long walks with her. But you know what, there are days where I am just too tired and I stop that video 15 minutes into it and you know what, that is ok. And there are days where I just don’t work out and you know what that is ok. I am trying to be better at not berating myself over it because it’s ok that I am not perfect. I am trying and trying and trying oh so hard and that’s all I can ask.
And I try to keep my portions in check and eat pretty healthy with some little splurges. But there are just some days where my bowl of ice cream is followed by the cotton candy salt water taffy (my fave) and licorice and some frozen m&ms and then I force myself to brush my teeth so I will stop eating. That’s ok. I tell myself tomorrow will be better and I will eat more healthy stuff and not just the treats. Sometimes those slip ups are what makes us try harder the next day, they motivate us to be a little better.
I think when we cut ourselves some slack and realize we are human and we are trying that that will make sticking with it just a little easier.
And to my good friend, thanks for the motivation for this today. I have been in a rut and being a little too hard on myself and I needed this to realize I am trying. I am sticking with it and tomorrow I will be a little better than today. Love you!