YOU’VE DECIDED — IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE.
It’s 2020, our world is becoming inspired to eat healthier and getting fit now more than ever! It’s been this way for a while now — almost everyone I know has tried putting themselves on a diet, tried going to the gym, and even began making healthier choices. As time goes on, we learn more and more about the things we’re putting in our bodies and just how horrible they are for us. It’s only normal for us to want to do better for ourselves at some point in time. And it appears that since you’re reading this blog, you’ve decided that time to transition into a healthier lifestyle is now. Awesome choice! Now, let’s talk about how to gradually transition into this new lifestyle of yours.
LET’S ADMIT IT — HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK.
We really put ourselves down when we have setbacks while dieting, when in reality, it’s one of the hardest things to do.
Imagine this — you were raised on these sugary and high-carb and high-fat foods that you’ve naturally become accustomed to. It’s the norm! What’s dinner without rice? Without bread? Without a large slice of knafa and tea filled with tons of added sugar? It’s normal for it to be so hard to stay committed to dieting.
Habits are really hard to break! Honestly, it’s similar to quitting a drug. We are addicted to unhealthy food because it not only tastes good, but it makes us happy! Our bodies begin to release chemicals such as dopamine and endorphins when we eat tasty food, which in turn, makes us feel these happy emotions. With that being said, we naturally tend to try and make ourselves happy. But we are making ourselves happy with the wrong type of food — which we’ll get to soon.
Habits suck. They’re hard to break and easy to fall back into. But do you know what the best thing is about habits? The moment they’re broken, it’s so easy to stay committed. It’s so easy to keep going on without the habit you once had because of the amazing feeling you get after breaking it. It’s like breaking yourself free, really. Once your habit has been dominated, you’ve already accustomed yourself to new and healthier habits. That’s the goal! Right?
Scientists say that it takes 21 days to break a habit and to build one. 21 DAYS! That’s all it is! What’s 21 days to the rest of your life?! And did I mention that the less you eat something, the less you crave it?! That’s even MORE helpful to us. So it really just takes about a week to not eat something, such as bad dessert, for you to stop craving it.
After one week of being in my new and improved healthy lifestyle, I didn’t even THINK about bad food. I didn’t even really want to have a cheat meal! But I did anyway, because cheat meals help you stay on track, so don’t skip them. I didn’t even crave all the sweets I used to eat, because I managed to develop healthy, organic, and whole versions of the desserts I love and that also helped keep myself going.
IT’S ALL ABOUT 3 THINGS.
Transitioning to and sticking to a healthy lifestyle is all about three simple things. And once you’ve conquered them, you’re set for life!
YOU WONDER — BUT WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
The best thing you could do is be prepared. I used to fail at eating healthy because I didn't know what the heck to eat! I didn’t make an effort to get creative or buy healthy food products. But this time, it’s different. I created a list of different foods I could eat, I did some research, and I bought everything I need to have those options. Prepare and have options already available for you so there are no excuses! Browse Pinterest and follow fitness and health bloggers on Instagram — they will constantly give you ideas on what to eat as a healthy meal, snack, or whatever. And it will help keep you motivated! I will post a blog on ideas for all meals and snacks soon, so stay tuned!
THINK ABOUT IT AS A LIFESTYLE, NOT A DIET.
Saying you’re on a diet is basically saying it’s something you can and will eventually get off. I like to think of it differently. I don’t want to think of myself as on a diet! I legitimately want to change my lifestyle and transition myself into a healthy eating machine. There’s no point to diet for just a few weeks or a few months... Sure, to lose some weight... but to only tack it back on the moment you quit your diet? No — it’s not worth my time.
Commit to changing your lifestyle. It sounds overwhelming, but gradually transition into it! There’s no need to quit everything cold turkey or to throw out every item in your pantry and refrigerator and buy $1,000 worth of groceries tomorrow. Take baby steps and slowly smooth into a lifestyle that you will commit to — there’s no rush in perfecting a healthy lifestyle. Sooner than you know it, you’ll find yourself in a habit!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST.
To be frank, you really just have to want to do this. You complain and complain about the weight you’ve gained or about how you can’t fit into those jeans... You think about it every time you look in the mirror before you hop in the shower... You complain that you haven’t lost the baby weight yet... But you haven’t done much about it. Quit with the excuses and do something that benefits yourself. The beginning is the only hard part! Starting is easy... Then it’s the couple days after when you’ve lost your motivation that hit hard. But if you get yourself through the first week, you’ll find yourself getting through the next.
All it takes is the first step into a new healthy lifestyle. There are no cons, no downsides, and you have nothing to lose — except weight, of course! 😉
On a serious note — you got this. Be stronger than you think you are. Make the changes you’ve been wanting to make and make them now! In one month you’ll be wishing you started today because the progress you could’ve made in just a month is unbelievable. You deserve the best version of yourself, so do it and don’t let yourself down. Follow fitness and health inspiration on Instagram, keep up with my weekly fitness and health journal, buy healthy foods and snacks, go to the gym a few days a week for just 45 minutes, and keep your own food & exercise journal (it really helps). Do something to help you transition into a healthier lifestyle!
And don’t forget — all it takes is 21 days to create and break a habit. Get through the next 21 days and you’re set for life! Are you up for the challenge or what? 😏
Feel free to contact me at any time to ask me questions about anything concerning health and fitness! I’d be glad to help.
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