Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The hardest part of any healthy journey (I prefer to call it this than "Weight Loss Journey", because the important part should be HEALTH not a number on a scale) is motivation. How do you get over that hurdle, over all those years and months and days (maybe even decades!) of bad habits, over all those niggling feelings and voices telling you that you can't, you will fail, you aren't strong enough? For me and many others, it was a health crisis that put things into perspective. For others, it could be a death, a diagnosis, or maybe a picture of you at an unhealthy weight.
Regardless of how, the thing is: You have to realize that YOU are important enough to demand good health. You do not deserve to live an unhealthy lifestyle, hampered by weight, sick, and at the whims of your hunger. You deserve to be as active as you want, to live a life where YOU are in control, not the food you eat.
Before I started on this journey back in November, I was at the mercy of my appetite. When my body craved sweets, I bought cheesecake or cookies or cake or ice cream to feed it. When I was too lazy to make a dinner, Dairy Queen and Burgerville were there to make my meals. And when my stomach told me I needed another bagel, I listened to it, instead of thinking twice.
Ultimately, I didn't have hope that I could lose weight, and I didn't think I had the strength to break myself of my bad habits and addictions (yes, I do believe I am a carb/sugar addict!). And deep down inside, I don't think I really thought I was important enough to deserve good health.
Thank God for my dentist finding out about my sleep apnea! Thank God I chose to join Take Shape for Life and get rid of all the crap from my diet! Thank God I have great family and friends who encourage me in my health journey! I have regained control of myself and am working to get on a path of lifelong health.
Although my change was drastic, I firmly believe it doesn't have to be. I think portion control, healthier food choices, adequate water and sleep, exercise and accountability are the tools a person needs to get this healthy lifestyle (and incidentally, lose weight). I lost weight once just by monitoring what I ate, and I probably could have lost more if I hadn't fallen off the wagon. Sure, some people may need a system like Weight Watchers, TSFL, or Jenny Craig. But no matter what way you chose to change your life, the only thing that really matter is that YOU are changing your life and not letting food have control over you.
The thing I realize now is that I AM important enough to dedicate my life to health. I deserve to live life well. I deserve to be in control, to not let my food reign over my life. I like the way I live now - sleeping better, being more active, and being able to do my job.
So don't tell yourself you aren't worth it because you are! And don't wait until tomorrow to make a change. Make a few goals today - maybe to drink more water, maybe to take a 10 min walk, maybe to take the stairs instead of an elevator. Make those goals and then start plugging your way through your health journey. Whatever you do, remember that you are important enough to have good health!! And that if you put your mind to it, if you set clear goals, relying on encouraging friends and family, you CAN do it!!