I feel like the trademark of a true lifestyle change is when you make choices without thinking of them- you do something just because it's "what you do".
The first part of weight loss/healthy living/changing your lifestyle is a transition. For a long time I was in the process of changing my lifestyle.
I realized the other day that in many ways, this has actually become MY lifestyle. It's no longer a transition.
Every morning I wake up and read the news while walking one mile. I made this change because I knew I shouldn't be so sedentary, and I read the news sitting down. I do this not because I think I should, or because I'm trying to be active. I do this because it's just... what I do. My morning feels incomplete without it.
I was bringing a dish to a party and brought a tomato/basil salad. I didn't do this because I wanted something healthy I could eat there. I did it because those were the ingredients I had at the house, and because it's tasty and I like it.
In the evening I did a pilates DVD because that's just what I do. I didn't convince myself, or tell myself I should, but because when I have an evening without any meetings, I do work out DVDs. I don't think about it.
These are just two examples of ways that my lifestyle has actually changed- things that are a normal part of my everyday life, not a challenge, not a try-for, not a stretch. It's my new normal.
I say these things to encourage the people who might just be starting out. It's take me a long time to get to this point... 5 years of half-hearted attempts and 1.5 years of trying really hard. I started Spark in 2006. But the healthy lifestyle approach really works! It can become normal to you. Fighting the urges and cravings isn't a lifelong battle. There are still areas I'm working on, but things things have definitely changed for good.
Has anyone else felt themselves genuinely shift into a new lifestyle?
| current weight: 165.0