Wednesday, October 23, 2013
It just dawned on me that its not so hard anymore to make healthy choices. When I first started on this fitness journey it was torture. Each choice was a struggle. I felt deprived. I craved the high fat, high carb, high salt, high sugar, and highly processed foods I was giving up. I couldn't imagine feeling satisfied on 1800 to 2000 calories per day. Exercise was torture. I was so out of shape. I got winded just thinking about working out and it was a struggle to get my body to move. I struggled to find time in my schedule to get to the gym. Our brains get programmed into certain patterns and so shifting out of them is really difficult in the beginning. It is interesting to observe however how that can change. After nearly 13 months of working at this I'm noticing that it really is getting easier. It was last October that I got serious about working at this. In six months I lost 50 pounds and since then in maintenance I've lost a bit more, almost 60 total now and I've kept the weight off for nearly seven months. Exercise is much easier now. I'm in much better shape. I still have to work at the diet and exercise each day. I still track my food and exercise almost every day. These patterns are becoming a normal and pleasant part of my life that I look forward to. I almost automatically select the healthiest of foods from the restaurant menus and grocery store aisles. I look forward to exercise which is part of my normal routine now. I am so thankful that this is now my life and I guess I just want to encourage those who are just starting out to know that it is really hard in the beginning but it does get a little easier eventually. At least that's my experience. My tastes in food have changed and my body has gotten stronger and I really am content with just 1800 calories a day most of the time and I really enjoy the new routines of my life which include a vigorous work out. So take courage. Its worth it and it does eventually get a little easier over time.
P.S. This has nothing to do with what I'm writing about but I can't believe its snowing today in October!