Getting started is half the battle. I know that better than anyone after multiple failed attempts to be more healthy. This time it’s working, so I think I can give you a few reasons why you should consider sticking to your plan.
- You will feel at least 100000x better. Trust me. I thought I was fine back when I was constantly eating out and staying as far away from scales as I could. But I wasn’t. I was constantly tired, never had a ton of motivation, and was always blaming everything that was going wrong on my schedule. Turns out, you’re only as busy as you think you are. Sure, my plate was full, but like I’ve said before – my days always had at least a 30 minute block of extra time that I wasted on my phone or eating another unhealthy snack. I could have easily spent that time doing an at-home workout or planning a healthy grocery trip. Look at it this way: if you start by taking 30 minutes out of each day to work out or plan a healthy meal, that’s only 2.5 hours out of your entire week. TWO AND A HALF. Bet you’ll never use time as an excuse again after reading that, because I know I don’t. 😉
- People will start to notice. One of the most rewarding things about getting healthier is that people will notice and they will point it out. Makes me wonder about all the things they were thinking back when I wasn’t dieting… 😉 But seriously. It’s almost becoming a daily thing, whether it’s a comment on my Instagram, a comment from my coworkers, praise from from family and friends, questions from Dylan about how old my leggings are because they look really stretched out when in reality they’re only two months old….the list goes on, you get the idea. Other people typically notice your progress before you do, so take it as a compliment instead of beating yourself up because you haven’t made more progress. If I’ve learned anything the past few months, it’s that NOTHING happens overnight. This crazy weight loss has taken so much dedication and mental strength, but it’s been oh so worth it.
- After a while, your cravings for unhealthy foods will start to subside. I’m not saying I never crave a greasy burger or an extra large blizzard from DQ because I definitely DO, but it’s a lot less frequent. And they’re not as strong as they used to be. Or I’ve gotten better at shutting them down… Not sure which one it is, but either way it’s making a huge difference. I often find myself looking at greasy, fatty foods and wrinkling my nose in disgust. Mostly because I immediately get flashbacks of how CRAPPY I used to feel ALL THE TIME. Now I’m craving things I never would have considered eating in the past few years, like hummus, fruit, spinach (RIGHT?!?!), greek yogurt, whole grains, and RICE. Man, do I love rice. And the best part about these new cravings is that I don’t feel guilty after satisfying them. It takes a while, but I guarantee you’ll find yourself reaching for healthier alternatives when a snack attack strikes.
- Think about your future. Sorry not sorry for being cheesy, but something that really gave me a kick in the butt to get healthier is considering everything I want to do in the next 10 years. I want to get married and start a family and all that cool stuff, and I really didn’t want to do any of that with health issues and an extra 30+ pounds slowing me down. It might not feel like your unhealthy habits are hurting you now, but they will definitely come back to haunt you. Take my gallstones, for example. I ate like total crap for at least three or four years before I started having severe symptoms. The bad habits may not have caused the gallstones, but they sure made my gallbladder mad. And gallstones are only the beginning. Think about the toll those things take on your heart, joints, muscles, and eventually your brain. Sorry for being dramatic, but this is some serious stuff. Make small changes now so you don’t have to make too many drastic ones down the road! 🙂
- It’s addicting. While progress doesn’t happen overnight, a pound lost is a pound lost. It’s almost a thrill watching the number on the scale go down. Sometimes it goes up, and that’s okay because it makes me work that much harder in the gym. I’m tellin’ ya, once you start making healthier choices – it’s hard to stop. The first few weeks are the hardest, but after that it becomes routine. Promise!
Bottom line: If you haven’t started trying to live a healthier lifestyle, WHAT’S STOPPING YOU?!?! You already know how I feel about excuses. Sometimes they still get in the way of my progress. I get it. But stop letting them dictate how you live your life! It’s all about priorities – and that goes for all aspects of life. Start putting your health first. You’ll be amazed by what happens next.
Friendly reminder: PLEASE reach out to me if you have questions or want help getting started! I’m more than willing to share my routine and help guide you if you need it. I know firsthand how hard it is to make healthier choices alone. It’s a lot more fun if you have someone to talk to and share your success with! 🙂
Sticking to my strict diet, and so far it’s working! I deal with some pain every once in a while, but it’s been great otherwise. Going from eating a little bit healthier to being forced to limit my fat intake has been challenging, but we’re making it work! There are all kinds of low-fat recipes out there that don’t taste bland, and I’m on a mission to try all of them. 😉
The new diet has also led to some crazy weight loss! I’ve switched to smaller, more frequent meals to help my gallbladder, and it seems to have more benefits than I thought. I have more energy throughout the day, I’m actually able to focus, and I’m sleeping a LOT better.
This week: -3 lbs.
Since 10/9/2017: -37.4 lbs.
Meal of the Week:
Spinach Lasagna Rollups
I was really feeling like eating lasagna after a busy few days at work and MORE cold weather, so I sought out a recipe that would fit in my diet, and this one blew me away! It’s no secret that low fat and fat free foods don’t taste quite as good, but this one changes all of that.
I even used fat free cheese and ricotta instead of part-skim, and it was STILL good! This meal is perfect for when you’re in the mood for healthy comfort food that’s also tasty. It also heats up really well… So well, that I’ve been eating it for lunch at work all week and I’m still not tired of it. 😉
Here’s the link to the recipe if you’re interested in trying it out. Shout out to the masterminds behind skinnytaste.com for being total flavor magicians.