Too many times on the road to self-improvement, people don’t take the time to stop and smell the roses. We are pressured into believing that instantly we are a new person, when the reality may be that we are just in the process of becoming.
I’ve been thinking about weight loss, and how it can be like other forms of physical change- putting on makeup, trying new clothes, or getting your hair done. When you get a new haircut, there is almost always that ritualistic take-down of your former self that I have seen happen in weight loss contexts as well. Tearing someone down until they must continue on to feel worthwhile creates a kind of dependancy that can motivate an individual. But, not this individual.
What I’ve found is that knowing and loving yourself can be just as powerful a motivator. Too many people want to tear you down in this world. Signing up for something you hate doing just seems like masochism. Why not choose an activity that fulfills your heart and mind, as well as your body?
While I deeply admire those people who can kick it, I prefer to remember every step, every motion, every minor change. For me to make lasting change, I must enjoy the process. I know this about myself, and working with that energy instead of against it has brought me tangible changes that I can be proud of.
*For starters, although I ultimately decided not to pursue it, I did speak with a nutritionist. Learning that the most beneficial help was closer than I thought was my takeaway from that experience.
*I made room for exercise in my life by creating a space large enough to exercise in and dusting off my equipment. This was mostly in preparation for winter.
*I dusted off my rollerblades, and while goodness knows, I can’t skate as well as I used to, the fact that I can consider this for the future is a minor miracle.
*I started incorporating high-protein foods such as quinoa, seitan, eggs, and Greek yogurt into my diet. While I haven’t completely eliminated processed foods, I have dramatically decreased my intake. This has helped me with available energy, apparent muscle mass, and physical structure.
The nice thing about this is that while I haven’t lost any weight, people keep coming up to me, telling me how great I look!
With fall just around the corner, I am thinking about how to maintain this momentum, which has always been a struggle for me during the colder months. Once I come up with something, I’ll be sure to share, but suggestions and advice are always welcome!