If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.
Recently, I had to make some changes that I knew were going to be beneficial to my health. You see, I am one of those people that yo-yos. I shed 20 pounds; I gain 20 pounds. Little by little, I start making excuses for why it is okay to start eating whatever I want. It’s a holiday, a weekend, a birthday, or I deserve it. I justify coming home from work and sitting down rather than doing something active. “I’m tired. I have this or that to do. I’ll do it tomorrow.” This is not a good place for me to be. It is that mindset that has me thinking, how did I get here again? I feel terrible.
Instead of falling back into my old ways, I decided to start working with a trainer, and getting up at 4 a.m. to go to boot camp. When that alarm goes off, all I can think about is that it is way too early. But when I get there, challenge myself, and dig deep to do just one more push up or sit up, I always feel better. When I send my trainer a list of what I ate during the day or when I choose between that one scoop of ice cream or three, I remember that being accountable to someone else is what keeps me engaged in being healthier.
It is okay to say “I need help,” and to seek out what we need to be the best we can be in all areas. I know today that what I put in my body and how I treat myself are directly related to how I am going to feel both mentally and physically. I am tired of giving up on myself. Being healthy is a choice that I am choosing today. It feels good to do something different. I am worth it.