3 Tips to Start Today
Next week won’t work because it’s my kiddos birthday and we’ll serve all kinds of foods and snacks that don’t meet diet restrictions. I can’t be expected to make and buy everything and then not eat anything.
I’ll start Monday.
Monday after work:
Co-worker: We’re going for appetizers and drinks after work to celebrate the new account!
Me: Well, I’ll try again next week.
Fast forward 5 years and I’m still looking for the “right” time to start.
I’m not alone, am I?
There are a million and two excuses for why we can’t start getting healthy TODAY. Each one of them can be used to rationalize our bad behavior.
My most recent excuse?
I can’t afford to buy healthy foods and supplements.
We’re making 2 house payments on drastically reduced pay while trying to figure out how to support a child attending out-of-state university.
Ramen noodles is pushing my food budget.
But I decided. I’m not going to be obese for my son’s wedding. Based on progress I’ll still be overweight, but I won’t be obese.
This was me last fall at his Basic Training graduation.
So, how am I working towards that reality?
1) Grace. My process doesn’t have to be perfect. I can cheat. I can have the birthday cake 🎂 if I choose to. I might not get all my steps in every day. It’s ok. I did some.
2) Persistence. Just start over each day. I don’t have to do this for 90 days all at once. I just have to do it today. Yesterday’s over. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
3) Planning. I can’t just hope something healthy to eat will come along. I have to think about it and be prepared. Make sure to schedule in time to walk.
When you look at these three steps it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. It seems doable! We can do anything for one day!!!
So, what’s keeping you from starting today? If you’re already started, what would you add to my list?
Let’s do this together!