Ditch The Diet! Eat Right. Move More. Move On!
My friend Jessica took me to see RENT on Broadway years ago. It was all the rage. Everyone was talking about the show and I wanted to be in the know. I was excited to go, but totally confused when I left! While I was overwhelmed by the talent on stage (I mean, the pipes on these people!), I didn’t quite get the story right away. I found it hard to follow music I didn’t know and figure out the words I couldn’t quite keep up with. I remember walking out of the theatre and saying to Jessica “I don’t know what all the fuss is about.”
Fast forward to today, it’s one of my all-time favorite shows!
The music. The message. You just can’t beat it!
The underlying theme is love. Love your friends. Love your situation. Love life. Love yourself.
In the midst of trials, heartache, poverty, the cast reminds you that there’s “No day but today”.
The power ballad Seasons of Love asks “How do you measure a year?”
The lyrics challenge us to measure it in love.
No day but today.
This hits home with me. And immediately makes me think of where I’ve been. Where you are trying to go. The journey you’ve started toward better health. All of you that are on the weight loss path. The quest for a healthier, more energetic life that we’re all on.
Love life: Yeah, I loved my life when I was 70lbs heavier. But not enough to stop eating whoppers and fries as a snack (yes, a SNACK!). Not enough to get off the couch and move. Not enough to make better choices, shed some pounds and get healthier.
Love life plan: What if we all embraced our lives? Exactly where we are? 100 pounds to lose, 50 pounds to lose, that last 10 pounds to lose. Just love our lives right where we are. Love it enough to make better choices. Love it enough to want to be a healthier version of us. Love life enough to want to extend it. Love life enough to want to feel as energetic, alert, and confident as possible. We all deserve that, don’t we?
Love yourself: What does this really mean anyway? For me, I learned everything I needed to know about loving myself and making the conscious choice to lead a healthier life from one person. Eating right, moving more, moving on, losing weight, maintaining weight, etc – you know who helped me figure this out?
A flight attendant. Say what?
You heard me. A flight attendant. This girl is nuts.
At the start of every flight, before taking off, what do they say as part of their emergency procedures speech? I believe it goes something like this:
“In the event of an emergency, oxygen masks will release from a compartment above you. Make sure to place the oxygen mask on yourself first before turning to help those around you.”
Make sure to give yourself the oxygen before turning to help others. Bingo.
Our instinct is to immediately turn to everyone around us and help them first. Before us. Before our needs.
Take care of the kids/the husband/the wife/the job/the house/etc. before ourselves.
But if you think about it, what good are we to others if we haven’t taken care of ourselves first?
I don’t know about you, but if I run around taking care of everyone else and ignore me for a while, I’m not that fun to be around! I’m a little more overwhelmed. A little less happy. A little less calm.
When I take the time to get a workout in before work, I’m happier all day. Calmer. Less overwhelmed. I’m so much more prepared to take care of everyone and everything else in my day.
When I take the time to stock our house with fresh produce, I’m prepared to eat better foods. It’s easy to add veggies to my lunches/snacks/dinners. I feel better for that. More satisfied. More energetic.
Love yourself plan: Put the oxygen mask on yourself before taking care of others. Make it a priority to get healthy foods in the house. Plan for some exercise most days. See quality sleep as a priority. When we take care of ourselves first, we tend to have much more energy and attention for everyone/everything else in our lives. Love yourself enough to hold your needs on the same pedestal as everyone else’s. You will be a better friend/husband/wife/employee/etc. for it.
No day but today: Diet starts Monday. I’m going to start working out January 1st. After vacation. After the holidays. After my birthday. Sound familiar?
No day but today plan: Resist the urge to boil the ocean. All we have is today. Today you can make one better choice. Each day we wake up is another chance to get it right. What one thing will you accomplish today? Move for 30 minutes? Stock up on produce? Drink 64oz water? Choose a healthier lunch? Skip the after dinner munchies?
One choice. Today. Wake up and decide what it’s going to be. Do it. Go to bed satisfied. Do it again tomorrow. This is how we ditch the diets and start really changing our lives. One day at a time.
No day but today!