Today is day 12 of my current streak!
A few people have asked me what my streak is about. Well, basically its just doing my best to make each day as healthy as possible. Its not about being perfect...its just about putting forth my best effort. Obviously, some days will be better than others, but as long as I'm doing the best that I can, then it counts as a successful day on my streak!
My first streak started on March 1, 2012 and lasted a LONG time....290 days! I'm really proud of that streak, but what I'm most proud of is that although I've fallen off the wagon a few times and had to start new streaks, I've never given up. I'm proud of myself for just starting over when I need to.
Do you know how GOOD it feels to get healthy? When I first started streaking, I was just about as far from healthy as I possibly could be. I weighed 286 lbs and I lived on junk food...lots and lots of junk food! And I was almost completely sedentary. I hurt all over, and had no energy. I'd felt that way for so long, it actually seemed normal to me. I'd forgotten how it felt to be healthy!
But once I started streaking last year, things changed. I began to eat healthy, real food. I cut down on processed food as much as possible, eliminated JUNK food from my diet, and started eating lots of freggies. I started exercising, and although at first I could barely do a 15 minute workout, I pushed myself to do it anyway. I posted motivational quotes on the refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror and in the living room (where I worked out.) Those quotes said things like "Train insane or remain the same"...."It hurts now but someday this will be your warm up" and "If you quit now you will regret it forever."
At first, I was in pure misery! I won't lie about that. It was so difficult to stay on track! My body craved junk food and lots of it. And so many times, I was tempted to just skip my workouts. I can't tell you how many times I had to talk myself into staying on track. That inner voice in my head would say "Go on...have some candy. You can start over again tomorrow." Or "Its okay to skip your workout today, you can do double tomorrow."
But I fought back. Everytime that voice in my head spoke to me, I would say out loud "NO...I am going to stay on track NOW." I would say "NO...I don't want to eat that junk." I would say "NO...I am not going to skip my workout." I don't know if this would work for everyone, but it worked for me. Speaking out loud made my positive voice a lot stronger and louder than the negative voice in my head.
And as the weeks went by, I got stronger and more determined. I craved junk food less and less, and I actually started looking forward to my workouts. Oh, there are still times when I have to talk myself into exercising. For some reason, just getting started is always the hardest part, because I'm a real procrastinator. But once I do get started, I love every sweaty, heart pounding, hard breathing moment of it! I love knowing that I am getting stronger. I love seeing how much I am capable of!
Most of all, I love how GOOD it feels to be healthy. I can do yard work and walk up and down stairs without feeling like I'm going to keel over. I have energy and stamina for days! I am strong, flexible and super positive. No, my life is not perfect...and yes, although I've lost 71 lbs, I'm still far from my goal weight. There is still plenty of room for improvement. But when I look back to where I was a year ago, it still amazes me how far I've come. I'm a totally different person now! I could barely do step touches and crunches a year ago. Now I do yoga, kettlebell, and more. I can do things that I once would have never imagined myself doing.
My only regret is that I waited until I was in my 50's to get started. But I'm not going to waste too much time with regret. I can't change the past, but I can definitely change the future. I'm making my life and health better, one day and one step at a time.