I’m about to get real with ya’ll (I live in the south now so I have to say ya’ll, right?). I’ve been reading the book You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living a Healthy Life and I swear I have highlighted the whole freaking book. It’s the kind of book that slaps you in the face and makes you realize how much you’ve been holding yourself back.
The quote that really made me think was *“We only get to be in our bodies for a limited time, why not celebrate the journey instead of merely riding it out until it’s over?” *RIGHT!!!!???? My whole life, up until the last year or so, consisted of merely riding it out. Waiting for things to happen to me. WISHING things would happen for me and that losing weight was easier. Wondering how I was going to ever pay off student loans and worrying about how I was going to help Cole pay for his education later in life. I was unhappy, and it was all because I kept telling myself that getting healthy was too hard. *I just couldn’t do it. I love food too much. I hate working out, I’d rather lay in bed. What’s the point? I’m almost 30. It doesn’t matter anymore. *I mean, seriously, I used to tell myself that looking and feeling good didn’t really matter anymore because I was turning 30. How ridiculous does that sound? Those were all excuses.
I spend a lot of time helping other people learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, and I can tell you that almost all of them probably think the same exact thoughts that I used to. They view healthy living as a sacrifice. They think it means they are going to miss out on all of the fun, or that they can no longer enjoy the foods they love. They dread working out and view it as something they HAVE to do. And I totally get it. I used to feel the same way. I still have days where I feel like crying because I JUST WANT TO EAT A FREAKING CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE AND GO OUT TO EAT ON A TUESDAY WITH MY FAMILY AND OH MY GOD THIS REALLY SUCKS.
But I see the bigger picture now. I now know that learning how to eat healthy is a process. It’s a journey. It’s not a 2 week thing and then you get to go back to what you were doing before. It’s a for-the-rest-of-your life-as-long-as-you-shall-live kind of thing, so if you have a moment of weakness and eat a cookie on a Tuesday afternoon, you’re going to be just fine! Don’t you dare beat yourself up over it or tell yourself that you should probably just quit, because you just ruined everything anyway. Life happens. You’re going to have birthday parties, family get-togethers, holidays, lunches with friends, and work functions. Perfect does not exist, and if you expect it of yourself, you’re always going to feel disappointed in yourself. And disappointed in yourself does not lead to happiness, I can tell you that!
So let’s make a pact. Instead of thinking about your workout as something you HAVE to do, think of it as something you GET to do. Your body can MOVE! Don’t take that for granted. Have fun with your workouts, challenge yourself, laugh at yourself when you can’t peel your body off of the floor because your legs are shaking. Find something you love to do and then make it YOU vs. YOU. WHO CARES if the people in the video never have to take breaks! They probably started exactly where you are, but the difference is, they didn’t give up on themselves. If you can only do 5 minutes in week 1, then you do those 5 minutes the best you can and then you give yourself a high five, damn it. And then in week 2 you step it up and do 8 minutes. And eventually you’ll finish a 30 minute workout and want to shout it from the rooftops (or post it on Facebook, heyyyy sweaty selfies!) because you are so freaking proud of yourself and you want to show others that they can do it, too.
And instead of thinking about clean eating as something you HAVE to do, think of it as something you WANT to do. You get to learn how to fuel your body with the foods that it craves, so that you always feel amazing. Doesn’t everybody want to feel amazing and full of energy every single day? How does processed junk make you feel? Like JUNK? Funny how that works. Trust me, I still struggle with this one. I still have cravings and moments of weakness where I eat half a bag of chips, but I am so much better than I used to be. And if I had to guess, I’m willing to bet that I’ll be even better a year from now if I just keep trying. Giving up is not an option for me.
And let’s talk about personal development. Find a book about food and read it! Look up some articles online. Watch a video, or listen to a podcast. The more you learn about food and how it affects our bodies, the easier it’s going to be for you to stay no to the cake. Education is everything, and if you don’t understand WHY you are doing something, it probably won’t become a lifelong habit. Most people stop learning after they are done with school, don’t be that person! Make it a point to go to bed every single night being a little bit smarter than you were the day before. Soak up all of the information this world has to offer. It’s not a punishment- it’s about LIVING life and not just going through the motions.
Let’s stop resenting the very things that make us feel like a rockstar. Change your mindset and you’ll change your life!