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Monday, March 11, 2013

I've been thinking a lot about how my motivation for living a healthy lifestyle has changed. I used to feel like I had to be given a set of rules to follow - a plan that shouldn't be deviated from. When my willpower or motivation flagged, I turned to something new. I felt that acquiring new "stuff" was the path to success (the perfect journal, book, equipment, club, etc...) As I get further along this healthy lifestyle path, I find myself really needing less. I have become more simplified. I like the idea of simplification, and have been trying to apply it to other areas of my life

I have also become more assertive. An example from today: I am going out to my parent's house to help them with some things. My Dad says he will order pizza. In the past, I would either use that as an excuse to eat pizza, or I wouldn't want to be assertive that pizza is not an optimal choice for me. Today, I simply said I wouldn't eat pizza, but I could make us a healthy dinner. I do the same with not giving up my exercise time, and insisting that it be worked into the schedule. All of these things are starting to feel natural to me now.

I am finding out what works for me, and I don't feel that I have to justify or explain it to anyone. I want to embrace simplification, and work on not "keeping up with the Jones'." I don't want to comfort or sooth myself with food or things. I don't need to compete with anyone but myself, and I don't need to seek anyone's approval for improving my life.

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