You know how Oprah always talks about the “aha moment?” Well, I had my “aha moment” today. This morning when I woke up, I realized that I have totally changed my lifestyle. Yes, over the last four or five months, I have worked diligently to lose weight, get in shape, and get healthy. But for some reason this morning it just clicked. I have made health and fitness an integral part of my life and I love it! I love going online and looking up clean recipes for classic foods. I love to sweat it out at the gym. I love to research information related to nutrition and different workout routines. I love to read stories of other women who have made positive changes in their life and I get excited when I see a woman working towards her fitness goals.
I woke up at 5:00 on a Saturday morning (YES I DID) in order to do my weight routine before Zumba class. We had Zumba class at the park at 8:30 this morning and it was so much fun!! Just indulging in the practice of working out my body and being around other people with so much energy, outside (sand gnats and all!) just made my day. I could be sleeping in like everybody else but I don’t want to, that is the crazy thing. I just love it!! Working out and eating right are high on my priority list, and I no longer let what other people think, influence my decisions.
Everything I do is worked around my workout time. Tomorrow I am going to get up extra early to workout so I can spend some time with my boyfriend. I just have to get it in or I just don’t feel like myself. I plan my meals in advance and leave a little wiggle room for a “just in case” going out meal. Before I go to restaurants, I reasearch the menus to find out what healthy items they have and add them into my daily food log and I don’t mind not one bit. I love my body and I love my commitment to this lifestyle. IT ROCKS!!
I encourage all of you to do the same. It takes 21 days to create a habit, so why don’t you try to live a clean lifestyle for 21 days? Exercise 5-6 days a week, log everything that you eat, eat 5-6 small meals everyday and have a treat meal only ONCE per week or every two weeks, and read at least one fitness magazine during that time from cover to cover. After the 21 days are up…see how you feel. If you then stop after that, evaluate how you feel…I can guarantee you will miss it!! Don’t knock what you haven’t tried. Any behavior can be changed…and I mean ANY!!! We always have a choice!
“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.”-Plato