One of my favorite aspects of autumn is that it is a time of harvest. My husband and I live in the Pacific Northwest and it is a lush place for produce. But of all the bounty, he and I get TOTALLY stoked when we see Honeycrisp apples stocked in the stores! YUM!!! (Added bonus: I don't have to scoop, slice, or store - just rinse and eat!) So, you can imagine my disappointment when just minutes ago I came to the realization that *Duh-duh-DUN!* I FORGOT TO PACK MY APPLE!! *Shrieks of horror*
It seems that along with this autumnal harvest, comes the Halloween candy, the pumpkin-flavored-everything, and the overall push of comfort food.
ZONE, my friends! My office has candy around every corner, I've had my mandatory half-syrup pumpkin spice latte, and even soup, which I generally deem to be "sick food", has sounded awfully good to me lately.
But you know what?? I want my apple. I want my apple MORE than I want a fun size Almond Joy. And that is AMAZING to me!! : ) Something has shifted. Truly, although I still incorporate some less-than-healthy choices into my eating habits (because who can honestly refuse something from a French bakery?!?!), I keep it in check and find myself craving healthy options. I shocked my dear husband last week when he came home and caught me with my life-long arch nemosis: BROCCOLI!
I'm finding that some things (fast food) really don't taste as good as I used to think they did. Other things are not worth the expense monitarily or calorically. And the things that ARE worth it are just THAT much better when they are kept special and savored.
And this shift to healthier ways doesn't just apply to food. This is our 5th week of getting up at 5am to get our workout done before work. I take more opportunities to get active like climbing the stairs when I'm freezing at work instead of getting a latte, or taking our dog for a walk rain or shine.
I'm not writing this to showcase how awesome I am.... because I've got plenty of faults and THIS IS COMPLETELY BIZARRE. I've NEVER been a morning person. I've ALWAYS hated broccoli. I never thought I'd want an apple more than a candy bar! But then again, I've never before made this level of committment to myself. And if this can happen to me, surely there are these types of miracles waiting for you!! What kinds of positive changes have you seen in yourself? I'd love to hear! : )