Friday, October 10, 2014

So, you have decided to be Healthy - You Sure?

For some people, they make a goal - to get healthy & fit by a specific date. Maybe you started thinking about this because a close friend or family member was diagnosed with something, or perhaps you were. Maybe you are thinking about waiting until the New Year, and make yet another resolution. Some people look for the newest fad - like the magic diet pills, or tea's or coffee's, and think "Oh fantastic! I have to do nothing but pop this pill or drink this tea and all my weight melt disappear forever". 

Can I be honest with you? (Of course I can, this is my blog and I will say what I want!) If we want to be healthy, we must make the decision to be healthy. We can not just make it a goal, but a thought out decision. This realization, is a moment, a turning point when our desire becomes more than a cloud in the air, a lofty goal we like to think about for the future. Something we can continually put off until tomorrow. In this moment and its decision, the choice for health becomes the way we live. There is no magic pill, there is no magic tea or coffee, there is no get slim quick remedy that is going to work long term. Believe me, I have searched and looked and tried for years!!! 

Sure, buying into these fads, is probably going to help you loose some pounds. It also may take a big toll on the inner workings of your body. Speaking from experience, 99.9% of the time - all the weight you loose, will come right back - with a vengeance, the minute you stop taking the pills or drinking the tea, or placing a wrap around yourself. Why? Because you did absolutely nothing to change your lifestyle, your way you look at food, your mentally of what eating correctly means. You looked for the quick fix, putting in no work, and you got what you paid for. 

OUCH Kristin - that hurts! Well good, I'm glad. Someone has to say it. I have been struggling with my weight since I was well over 20 years. I have tried every fad and get slim quick scheme out there. Who remembers the Thigh Master? Stacker Pills? I thought for sure I would reach my goals doing nothing but watching TV and popping a pill and working out my thighs...LOL

It took me a long time to get to this point. It was not overnight. I now know, its not just about loosing weight, its about changing your mindset. Why did I feel the need to eat an entire cake when I was sad? Why did I think it was a good idea to eat chips and salsa for lunch and dinner? Why when I would wake up in the middle of the night, would I sneak eat a box of cookies? Why did I pretend I was allergic to every vegetable out there? Why would I go says without eating, and then binge like I have never seen food before? 

The only way to tackle your demons is to be honest with yourself. Admit they are there. Face them head on, no matter what. Decided to kick them in the face. Decide to work on your inner self. If you do not do this, no matter what health & fitness choice you make - it will not work. If you do not build yourself up from the inside out, when you "done with your diet", you are just going to go back to eating crap, huge portions, high in fat foods, using food as a crutch or a reward. You will find yourself right back where you started. 

Here is the secret...are you ready?? I am only going to share this with you. WORK HARD!! MAKE DECISIONS AND CHOICES. MAKE A COMMITMENT. You must get up off your butt to better yourself. Does that mean every single choice in a day has to neatly and perfectly line up with what’s ideally healthy? No. That would be crazy to think anyone is perfect...that is way to much pressure to put on yourself. We make compromises, hopefully conscious ones. But either way, our decision remains a constant. A fixed goal or strict set of parameters are problematic. It’s too easy to feel derailed and suddenly on the outside of those margins, where we slide back into whatever habits and practices we clung to before. 

You want off the roller-coaster you must make it happen for yourself. No one can do this for you. You have to want to do this, you have to make the decision. You certainly do not have to go at it alone. If I went at it alone, I would have given up. There are many people (myself included) that want to help as many people as possible, feel amazing about themselves. This world is filled with so much negativity and self deprecating people, it's time for it to end. I can help guide you, give you the tools you need to succeed, be a shoulder to lean on, but you must take all of it and work your butt off. Worker harder and smarter than before. Be honest with yourself. You tell lies? You are only lying to yourself, and doing yourself a real injustice. Make the decision to determine your why. Why you are ready to change, why you have made bad choices in the past, why nothing has worked before. 

For me, I saw my health failing. I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I was in pain. I was cranky, and moody. I was not able to entertain my son. I was having issues conceiving more children. I was miserable and depressed, and I was only in my 30's, and I felt like a 100 yr old lady. I saw my children starting to copy my bad habits. Poor food choices, sneak eating, making excuses, complaining of ailments. I saw my husband also not respecting his health, excuse after excuse. That were my light-bulb moments. Myself, my family. I wasn't going to be any good to them if I was sick and tired. I made the decision to change. No matter what it took. No quick and easy fix. I needed to work hard. I needed to change my lifestyle. Was and is it hard? Yes. Do sometimes I feel like giving up? Absolutely. Would I do anything different? HELL NO! I needed to go through my life experiences, to get me to the point where i was ready willing and able to make this change. Facing my demons, waking up everyday and telling them to go scratch - makes me stronger. Makes me able to share my experiences with others, and they know I am not being fake. It is a daily struggle to stay on track. It would be so easy to fall into old patterns. I spent 20 yrs creating those bad habits, who am I to think in 7 months they will be gone forever? I am realistic now. I know this is a forever change, and I am ready. 

My body craves quality, and I am strong enough to give it. I deserve nothing but the best.....and you know what? YOU DO TOO! For 20 yrs, I was lazy, full of excuses, trying every get slim quick scheme, down on myself, miserable of how I looked and felt, spoke bad at myself every second - before someone else had the opportunity too. Smiling on the outside, while I was crying on the inside. When I started my journey on March 10, 2014 i was 100 lbs over weight, on top of all that negative baggage I had. That is an up hill battle. I am now so proud to say - I have lost 60 lbs, and over 60 inches. So If I can do it, you can do it - and I will be there every step of the way to help you as long as you want it.  

Motivation? That comes from you. You are in charge of your destiny, your life. Make it the best life you can. 

It is never to late to start you health & fitness journey. Let's go at this together, keep each other accountable, and help one another.