Yeah…this is another post about healthy living.
I have been approached by several people about my “transformation” recently. Most of these people are women, and some put me through the ringer with questions. I’m realizing that several tips I’ve given are so innate that they probably make no sense. How do you explain something that just comes naturally to you?
I’ve noticed somewhat of a pattern.
- Excited phase (questions galore, tip-seeking, etc.)
- Epiphany phase (realizations that there is more to tackle than what’s on the surface)
- Disheartened phase (feeling as though goals will never be accomplished within a certain time frame)
- Anxious/Unwilling phase (lifestyle changes don’t take place in a week…)
- Peace out phase (we are creatures of habit, so this is understandable)
The point of this post is to give (hopefully) valuable information about how to get rid of the phases and like Nike, just do it.
It’s a day to day process. The decisions you make today will affect you tomorrow, next week, next year, etc. Baby steps are key. Make simple choices that will lead to a healthier you. For example:
- Give up the salt; I promise there are better tasting seasonings/spices
- Use extra virgin olive oil to cook with instead of butter
- Drink more water
- Make diet drinks your worst enemy; they’re doing nothing good for your body
- Limit your fast food intake
- Take the stairs, park far away from your destination, take a long walk to clear your mind, etc.
- Sweat a little more
- Stay positive
- Buy cute workout clothes (seriously!)
Most importantly, don’t give yourself a limit via time frames. Of course, you want to reach reasonable goals in due time and physically see results because of the hard work you’re putting forth. That will come with consistency. I noticed changes a couple of months into working out daily and eating clean. It took about 3-4 months for others to notice.
So if you’re waiting for an epiphany or for some motivation because you feel as though you’ve hit a rut, remember that good things take time and nothing worth having ever comes easily. Keep at it a little each day, and it will benefit you tenfold in the long run.
(Left: senior year of high school when I weighed about 185; right: sophomore year of college when I weighed about 190.)
For the record…I hate selfies. There’s no better way for me to elaborate on the tips I’m giving people than to provide definitive results. People like pictures, so here are some pictures ha ha. This is from earlier today after the gym. I now weigh 155.