Ditch The Diet! Eat Right. Move More. Move On!
NYE2016 is right around the corner! Which means a few things:
I never really remember making resolutions.
Well, there was that one NYE I declared I would stop drinking wine. That one didn’t last very long (thank goodness)!
We go to my friend Megan’s every year for NYE. And for the last few years at least, we go around the room just before midnight and talk about any resolutions we have. I say every time “I want to start taking care of myself. I’m going to start eating right and moving more”. It’s a joke of course. A bad one, but a joke nonetheless.
See, my life revolves around eating right and moving more.
I made it that way.
Once I lost my weight, I created this new life. One where I’m surrounded by health and wellness the majority of my day.
It’s funny. As much as I may be an asset to this profession/the wellness path/helping others/etc. – it’s really this atmosphere that is an asset to me.
I mean, after all this time, how is it possible to keep up the motivation it takes to continuously make the right choices?
To choose carrots over cake?
To choose taking a walk over taking a nap?
Anybody can choose to do those things as a resolution, but how can you keep it going forever? As a lifestyle. Every time. Day after day.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
You don’t. Ooph. What?
You don’t keep up the motivation to continuously make the right choices. Every time. Day after day. Forever.
It’s more like the tide of the ocean. It goes in. It goes out. At times the water level looks higher than others. At times it seems to be lower than usual.
But you know what?
Just like the tide that rolls right back in, higher than the last, so does the motivation to get moving again. The desire to make healthier choices. The yearn for flying high.
One of the hardest lessons to learn along this weight loss journey is that your motivation will wax and wane just like the tide.
The tide will roar in. You will be pumped up to get to the gym, happy to choose the salad over fries – MOTIVATED.
The tide will sneak away. You will feel no desire to get moving, burger and fries wins – UNMOTIVATED.
And you know what? It’s ok. This is the lifestyle change part.
Losing weight. Maintaining weight. Getting healthy. It’s going to have a tide. Your motivation is going to go in and out. Don’t forget. It’s ok. Completely normal.
It’s what you do to encourage that high tide to come rolling back in that counts. Get those waves crashing again.
All it takes is one goal. One. Set a small goal that’s attainable. Work toward it. Achieve it. That success will roll your motivation into the next one.
No need to wait til next NYE to start over. Next Monday to start the diet again.
For me? This goal is usually getting signed up for something. A 5k, 10k, half marathon? Anything. Something I need to work toward.
Keeps me going. Keeps me motivated. Gets my foot out the door.
Weeks where cake sounds better than carrots?
I load our fridge up with fresh produce.
If you have good food in your house, you will eat good food.
My goal might be to eat 5 veggies a day that week. Or 2 pieces of fruit each day that week.
Something manageable. Something attainable. Gets me back in the swing of it.
Small attainable goals like this are what bring the tide back in.
The satisfaction of hitting that goal rolls you into the next one. Keeps your desire high.
So what’s it going to be?
What’s your water level look like right now? Has it been high tide lately? Or do you need to set a small attainable goal to bring those waves crashing back in?
This is what it’s all about people.
No one (no one) is perfect along this path 100% of the time. That’s not realistic. Doesn’t even matter.
What does matter is what you do to get you back in the game.
So, what’s it going to be?