Raise your hand if you’ve ever muttered the words with an ice cream in your right hand and a brownie in the other, “It’s okay, I’m starting on Monday”. Let’s just say, both of my hands are raised. This was my reality for so many years. I constantly found myself saying that I was going to ditch the sugars and drop the pizza so I could lose a few pounds for summer vacation. Unfortunately, the truth is many Monday’s came and Monday’s went that were filled with candy and chocolate. I would promise myself that this time I was going to make a change but every Monday or January 1st that passed left me feeling disappointed and frustrated. I knew that I needed to make a change but I did not believe that it was possible. Finally I thought, “This whole diet thing just isn’t for me”.
Stuck in this unhealthy lifestyle of eating out, endless snacking, and many deserts, I did not realize that it was going to take a lot more than just saying I was going to make a change.
If I was going to begin making a change in one area, I decided I had to change it all. This flip flop dieting was just not going to cut it anymore.
And here’s how it started… You ready?
I know that this will be earth shattering to you, maybe even mind blowing…
I decided to… COMMIT!
I know what you’re thinking; okay Holly that was not rocket science (remember, I never said that I had a PhD in health). But friends, it really is that simple to begin.
The hardest part is choosing and committing to say YES to become a healthier version of YOU.
I decided that beginning this Paleo “diet” (and I use that term loosely) was going to be an entire lifestyle shift.
Here are two steps that I decided to take when I began.
- Clean out the cupboards! If I was going to be able to commit to this lifestyle, our cupboards needed a good cleaning. When I started this, I was still living with momma and papa bear so I couldn’t exactly throw out all of their items. Now my poor husband suffers. There is nothing in our cupboards that we could “cheat” on AT ALL. If your own house is going to make you stumble then committing will be nearly impossible… at least for me.
- Let people know! Yep, tell other people about what you are doing. The more people that know, the less mistakes you will have. Trust me on this; you will mess up a lot less when people are watching what you eat. So many know that I pretty much stick to fruit, vegetables, and meat that when there are cookies or pasta at hand many will pass me up and say, “Oh, you don’t eat this”. Even though, 90% of the time I was dying for that cookie, I’m grateful for those words because they just made that battle a lot easier to win. Also by letting people know, you have more people to hold you accountable. Who knows, you may get some people to join you?
I know this post was probably not mind blowing but I felt that I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t share with you every step of my journey. Commitment can be a scary thing but I knew that making a lifestyle change was going to be a lifetime journey. I was no longer concerned with how many days I could string together of no chocolate and I expected there to be many bumps in the road.
When I started this journey, I was not expecting perfection but I was committed to getting right back on track after a mess up the next minute… not the following Monday.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” -2 Timothy 4:7