Ditch The Diet! Eat Right. Move More. Move On!
I fell in love with the beach when I was still in diapers. Maybe even before that. As soon as I get on the causeway bridge separating the main land and the island, I am calm. There’s just something about it. The ocean. The sand. The seagulls. The sun. I love it. All of it.
The beach is definitely my happy place. It has an instant calming effect. Relaxes me. Makes me forget anything I’m worried about. It’s serene. A little sand in the house? No big deal. Sand in my shoes? All good. On my feet? Love it.
Just thinking of the beach brings it all back. There have been plenty of times when I get in a frustrated/restless/depressed/etc mood and what calms me down? Thinking of sitting on the beach. In my chair. Feet in the sand. Sun on my face. Ocean soundtrack playing. Seagulls singing.
I’m calm. I’m relaxed. I’m happy. It never leaves my soul.
I absolutely love this quote! My wife and I were walking in Beach Haven one day and I saw it in a window. She bought it for me and now I get to see it every day!
Also makes me think of other things that are always with me. A part of me. Like where I’ve been. What got me here. Why I’m sitting here writing this. Today. The new me. The reinvented version. And who the old me was.
Just like I can close my eyes and be zapped back to feet in the sand and sun on my face, I can put myself right back into what got me here.
Deciding to change my life. Making better choices.
Eating right. Moving more. Running. One block at a time. Falling. Getting up.
Grit. Determination. Desire to be healthy. Desire to change. Desire to be a better me.
To push myself. One choice at a time. One day at a time. Into the reinvented version.
That grit. Determination. Persistence.
It never leaves your soul.
Has never left my soul.
I struggle just like anyone else (yes, still).
Plenty of times I want to choose sleep over an early morning run.
I want to choose tempting foods over fulfilling ones.
But you know what?
Where I’ve been. How far I’ve come. The fact that I did it. Just me. For me. It has never left my soul.
If I just close my eyes, I remember how hard I fought to get here. Fight through the next workout. Fight through the next food temptation. Just get to the next day.
Remembering that makes me get up.
I go out on my run. Even If I walk some of it. I get out the door.
I take the time to pack my lunch. I know myself. I’ll get overly hungry and make bad decisions.
Is it the end of the world if I do?
No way. Every food fits. Everyone deserves cheat meals. Cheat days. Lazy days.
The journey to health, weight loss, weight maintenance isn’t a perfect one.
It’s exciting. Devastating. Rewarding. Frustrating.
But it’s for you. And it’s forever. Don’t go on a diet. Do it your way. Don’t jump on the bandwagon. Change your life. One choice, one day at a time.
Remember why you started.
Remember why you care.
Every day you wake up is another chance to get it right.
Eat something your body will thank you for.
Plan to get moving.
Just start. Or keep going. Or Don’t stop.
The fire that lit my passion flickers at times but it never goes out. It never will. Because where I’ve been. Where I am today. All the choices that got me here. That will never leave my soul.