Every moment is a choice.
You either choose to take the easy route–which is often times the less healthy one–or you choose to change your life and achieve what you’ve always dreamed of.
Every time you eat, you choose what you fuel your body with.
You choose the hormones that will either tell your body to feed muscle or store fat.
You choose instant satisfaction–even if it causes a sugar crash and disappointment later on–or to take another step toward your goal.
You choose to keep your arteries clean and your blood pressure low, or you choose to eat foods that worsen your health.
You choose to change your life, or you choose to stay the same.
The reason many people perceive changing their diet as difficult is because they look at all the moments in their days combined.
Why not take every moment as it comes, and deal with it when it happens?
If you are thinking now that you would like to change, then all you have to do is make the choice.
In this moment, choose to change your life.
The next moment that gives you the choice between having that sugary, fattening, processed snack or a handful of almonds, remember that in this moment, your goal is already yours. When you choose the unhealthy option, you’re throwing that goal away. Instead of thinking that you’re saying “no” over and over again to the foods you love but can’t eat all the time, think of it as saying yes to that goal.
Here are some tips that I’ve used personally that have helped me achieve life-changing results:
- When faced with snacks at a party, ask yourself if you’re eating just because it’s there, or if you are genuinely hungry.
- When going out to dinner with friends, know that they are not there to act as permission to order the creamy pasta with fried chicken on top. Your body doesn’t recognize that this is a “special occasion.” It will still process those calories and nutrients the same way it would if you were eating that platter of pasta at home.
- You choose whether you work out or not. Your body processes food differently when it’s fit and it makes losing weight and gaining muscle easier.
- If your significant other was blessed with a higher metabolism than yours (which is just about all of us ladies with boyfriends/husbands), recognize that you cannot eat the same things or the same portion sizes as him/her. Make the choice to give yourself enough to be satisfied, but not so much that you are stuffed at the end of every meal.
- Do you often find yourself mindlessly munching in front of the TV at night? Make the choice to become aware of what you’re doing, and get rid of that habit. If you really love to have a snack at night is to choose ONE snack instead of giving yourself free reign of the pantry. If you’re not hungry, but still eating, pop a stick of gum.
There are so many more examples of choices you can make. For me, once I realized that goals are all broken down into opportunities and how you choose to handle them, I stopped feeling overwhelmed at the thought of losing weight. Take each opportunity at a time and embrace it.
Do you have more tips to add to the list above? Please share them here; let’s all help each other discover how easy it is to stick to a healthy lifestyle!