After posting some before and after pics on my Facebook page, a FB friend said "Wow, you look great! I need to drop a lot of weight, going to start in the New Year!" Well that really bothered me. Reason is because I had done this same thing over and over and over, lost the weight, gained the weight, started exercising, stopped exercising, rat on the treadmill in a cage...
When we say we'll start "tomorrow" or "next week" or the "new year", it means we're still in DIET mode, and since we're planning a "start" we're going to plan a "finish". Diet mode says you're going to eat like this or that or exercise this much for so long.
A healthy lifestyle says start NOW and live that way! Diets are hard, healthy lifestyle is much easier!
I started my journey on December 2, 2008 while ON A CRUISE! I got home, registered for a 15k that was end of Feb (keep in mind I had not run any race in 13 years). I started tracking my food and exercise diligenty, and 9 months later when I got to my goal (size 14 to 4), I didn't change ANYTHING! I had developed a lifestyle and more than 2 years after hitting my goal, I'm still living that lifestyle.
Do I do everything perfect? Am I a super strict eater? Not by any means. I love food and enjoy it. But I love my health even more, so I make sure I still eat 6-7 times a day, still drink at least 100 oz of water a day, and still make good choices on what I eat at least 80% of the time. I still exercise 5-6 days a week. It's just a way of life.
So instead of starting next year, start leading a healthy lifestyle TODAY! Even through the holidays, you can do it if you've made the DECISION to do it!
As you make better food choices at holiday events, people may say things like "Oh you can't have that." Just say "I can have anything I want. I'm just choosing not to have that" or "not to have seconds".
I remember on previous cruises, I would have seconds and thirds of every meal! On this recent one, I picked my food, ate and enjoyed it and left. And I was just as satisfied, but just not in the food coma most people were in.
So let's make the new year start NOW!!! You can do this!
2008 - 2011: It's worth it!