I did it. I completed 31 days of healthy living. (Okay, today is Day 31, so there's still a chance I won't make it, but stay with me here.)
I didn't freak out. I didn't have a breakdown. I didn't make excuses. I didn't starve. And most importantly, I didn't suffer, save for the sugar withdrawal headache on January 2.
I did what was needed.
Not only that, I did was was needed every single day. Some days, that meant taking it easy because I got hit with a cold. Some days, it meant hitting the treadmill and the pool. Some days, it meant taking an hour and planning meals for the whole week. Some days, it meant passing on that glass of wine and not going out for burgers and fries with Dan and the kids. Some days, it meant sitting with whatever was making me sad and letting it wash over me instead of deflecting it with junk food.
I did what was needed on every given day.
Now that's a real change of pace for me.
You should know that in 2013, where my health and fitness was concerned, I mostly freaked out, broke down, made excuses and did the exact opposite of what was needed.
But it was my choice. That is all. There's no judgment on it. It's just a chunk of time I that I could have used to do a lot more for my health and fitness.
Of course, there are always going to be consequences to our choices. Some are positive. Some, not so positive.
One of the consequences of my choices last year? Weight gain and a spike in cholesterol numbers. Those generally don't fall into the positive column.
So I took January as the opporunity to jumpstart the process again, and I'm really glad I did.
Gaining weight, losing weight, gaining it back, losing it again, and so on, might seem like a depressing cycle. Why bother? Why keep doing this? Why try? I mean, really?
I guess I'm thinking, "Why not?" What is the true loss in trying? Of continuing to try?
If I'm lucky, my life is half over. That's if I get to live to be old, people. If anything, now is the time to keep trying. To keep being conscious of my health.
So what if I make mistakes. So what if I don't have the clear cut path to optimum health. So what if it's hard.
I'm showing up and I'm trying. A little here, a lot there.
That's what January has been all about for me.
Reconnecting to the truths about why I choose to stop caring about my health for these stretches of time. Understanding my true strengths and my weaknesses. Focusing on what's really going on and what can be done about it in a realistic and truthful way.
It's been a much needed, well, jumpstart.
And okay, I lost 7 pounds this month, but I gained some real perspective on how I would like to live my life.
I think that's more important than any number.
The Move More, Eat Well Jumpstart is now available as a self-paced class. You have access to all the content started from the January class and you can start any time you like. You'll still get the same 31 emails from me. The same questions, prompts and handouts with the hope that when you want to, you too can jumpstart your healthier living.
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