"Oh I tried that diet years ago..."
"I did that too...and it worked for a while but..."
"I used to have time for that but..."
"My metabolism stopped at 40 but I used to look and feel good..."
"I've been fat my whole life...guess it is what it is"
"I have horrible knees...I ran track in high school and now they're toast"
"I had surgery on....so exercise can't happen for me anymore."
"I looked great before I had kids...that life is over now"
So what if we find a different perspective?
A different path than what OTHERS do?
Does your NOT BEST have to be ENOUGH??
It shouldn't be.
Some argue that it's better and easier for me because I look, feel and am healthier than I ever was...
I went from unhealthy to healthy, so that's EASIER?? Really? Not quite. The only positive thing about being unhealthy for most of your life is that you knew your rock bottom, felt your worst and lost all hope in changing the way things were. THAT feeling and experience helps carry me far beyond my expectations. But for those that knew healthy and fit yet lost touch with that lifestyle for some reason, they have THAT feeling to push toward. They know what good felt like and now compare it to that blah feeling that has become day to day life. THEY can push toward the way they used to feel. So both have pros and cons.
Truth is, nobody's journey is more or less important than your own.
Yours is YOURS. Simple as that.
Stop comparing "apples to oranges". Not to magazines, models, people younger or older than you, taller, shorter...you get the idea. I am not you and you are not me. YOU ARE YOU so focus on being the best YOU that YOU can be :) nothing more...
STOP surrounding yourself with the WRONG types of people.
It may come as a shock to you, but sometimes people hang around those at the bottom to feel better about themselves...as soon as you become MORE, you are seen as a threat and they move on.
This journey is no different than any other obstacle in life. If we want something, we work for it....and if you're one of those that want and it magically appears, please sign me up!! I'd love that and so would everyone else! Ha!
Lately when life seems not so perfect, I find that staying true to my exercise routine and healthy eating habits makes all the difference in the world!
Try it. It works.
It can be your normal when everything else seems less than normal.
It helps that I have an extraordinary support system. You should have one too. Find it.
I have my husband, my boys, a strong family-they have believed in me all along, great friends that are TRUE friends...this matters more than anything. We don't want or need fake people in our lives that always NEED something from us. We should surround ourselves with REAL friends, ones that can relate to us, be there for us when life gets hard and ones we can lean on when it seems everyone is out for us to fail. THIS FACTOR IS SO IMPORTANT. Watch this one carefully because many times those that want us to fail or that aren't there for the RIGHT reasons will only show their true colors once in a while...pay attention.
Being healthy means ALL aspects of your life so communicate your feelings, don't be afraid to speak up for what you want or what you need. Find a workout that inspires YOU. Is it running, biking, group fitness, dance classes, hiking or swimming? Find it and make it happen as often as possible!!
DO NOT TRY TO BE PERFECT! It's not about perfection, it's about BALANCE. Trying your best to move often, to fuel properly most of the time, to drink plenty of water and less sugary soft drinks, more whole foods and less processed junk!!! BALANCE.
Willing to give these things a try?? Then you're ready for success...
LETS DO IT!!! Promise you one thing...you'll NEVER regret it!