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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Welcome to the 7th year of my way to the healthy lifestyle. No matter what is written in your motivational quotes or blog entries or posts, the truth is obvious - it is H A R D. Every day, all day. Literally every time I go by a grocery shop there's a little voice whispering - go inside, girl! Buy some snack.. It'll be just a small one, and you're tracking your food, so..

I have to say I had an interesting habit - weird, more honestly. I avoided tracking my food during those days I knew I overate already at the beginning of the day. But for the last 30 days, I have been tracking EVERYTHING. And that is my first victory - being honest to myself. However, the conclusion of this honesty is - girl, you need to work on the practical appliance of your theory!



I know the latest trends in healthy lifestyle. I know the best tips for balancing the food. I know the nutrition of most foods. I know how much calories it takes to lose a kilo. And I know what kind of exercise is best for me, the best intensity and the best routines for my body type, age and shape. I thought that knowing that automatically means I did it. Guess what - it doesn't.
The nutrition tracker of January 2013 shows I have eaten more than it's necessary during precisely 100% of days, most of the time thinking - well, it's healthy, so (...) and the next day I definitely will (...).
The exercise tracker shows that such thoughts as - "I would like to take (...) classes to get more energy and feel better about myself " - only burn the calories my brain needs for thinking that. So the little voice next to the grocery store was a sneaky, professional liar. Documented and proved.

No (...)-s anymore! Or, knowing me - no (...)-s for the 80% of time! Who knows how much time this step will take if it took six years for previous one, but at least I am a bit wiser now. And that is a good start.

"We are what we repeatedly do", says Aristotle. "Habits shape who you are", say many inspirational quotes. Shaping a habit and therefore who you are takes a LOT of time, inner strength and power of will, say I. It will never be easy. But if the goal is reached one day, I will be able to look myself in the eye and proudly say - girl, you won. That little lying, cheating comfort voice in your head has been stopped. Now you can do anything.
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