When creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself, people often take one of two approaches. They either jump in head first, or they ease their way in with baby steps. When taking the former approach, it’s important to do it consciously and try to not become too overwhelmed.
Remember, change takes time. Not everything is black and white.
It’s really easy to become lost in the process and forget why you started it in the first place. When you’re too focused on what you shouldn’t eat and you forget about everything you can eat, you lose some enjoyment in making improvements. Similarly, when you try to go from zero workouts to six, you might end up too consumed, with no free time or social life. It’s not about being the best, it’s about striving to be better. And when I say “be better,” I mean feel better. I mean to live longer for your children’s sake or for your own sake.
So if you’re one of the millions of people that try to adopt a healthier lifestyle, than do yourself a huge favor and first, commit to it and second, commit to enjoying the process.
People often find themselves focusing on cleaning up their diet and hitting the gym or track, but they forget to celebrate the small victories too.
Every single victory should be recognized.
Believe it or not, getting solid sleep is an accomplishment in itself. When you get a solid night’s rest, be proud.
Every time you make a healthy choice for lunch when you could have had something not-so-nourishing, feel good about it.
Every day you wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal so that you can take your dog for a walk, recognize your effort.
None of these accomplishments are too small or insignificant for recognition. Your entire life is an accumulation of small victories. Appreciate your hard work every single day and always forgive yourself when you have an “off day.”
You’ll have some awesome days and you’ll have some not-so-awesome days. But either way, appreciate your body’s ability to live, eat and breathe and enjoy this awesome process that we call life!