I found this meme the other day and it really hit me hard. I spent SO much of my life wishing I looked different. That I wasn’t as large as I was. Wishing that every school year I didn’t have to have my mom buy me a larger size of pants. Wishing I could go out like all the other girls and not worry about what I looked like, not worry about how many people were watching me or laughing at me. I know the “skinny” girls had their own things they were dealing with, their own issues, but in my mind they didn’t have anything to worry about because they weren’t “fat”.
I would read about some diet, or exercise program or food program and want to do it. I would buy the DVD, or let’s be honest it was a VHS, and be all pumped up for a day or two, maybe even a week, but then I would get lazy. It would just sit there and collect dust. There was one I did where you were supposed to do measurements every week and I did them at first and then as I slacked off in exercising I slacked off in measuring because I didn’t want confirmation that I wasn’t doing anything. That I wasn’t eating the way I should be. Wasn’t getting any sort of exercise. Months would pass and I would think, why didn’t I just stick with it? How differently would I look or feel if I had?
This realization was always depressing to me. Depressed that I wasted time. Time that I could have done something to make myself healthier. Lucky for me I finally got desperate enough and wanted it bad enough that I stuck with it. It hasn’t been perfect and that’s ok but I finally stuck with it. I am happier and healthier and I can look back and see visible differences. So when I read this the other day I felt really grateful. Grateful that I finally wanted it bad enough that I got up off the couch and did something.
So just do it. Get up off the couch and do something. Walk for ten minutes, drink a lot of water, add more fruits and vegetables to your meals, eat a smaller serving of dessert. Just do it. Don’t wait for the beginning of the year and make getting healthier one of your New Year’s resolutions, start now. Just think what three months from now could look like. The beginning of February and you will be healthier and happier. Wouldn’t you rather be feeling that way than sitting there wishing you had done something 3 months ago? You will be SO so so so happy that you did. Do it for you and if that isn’t a good enough reason then do it for your spouse, your kids, your parents, your grandchildren. Figure out what is good motivation for you and put a picture of them on your fridge, on your mirror and do just start doing something.
Just. Do. It. I promise it will be worth it.