Be A priority in your life!

I wrote this post a few weeks ago for our health initiative at work, and thought I would share it here also.  As part of this journey, I want to be my truest self,  so here it goes…

I have struggled with my weight and body image for most of my life and have tried pretty much everything to lose weight and keep it off. Nothing has worked, until now!  In the past,  I would get a week into eating healthy or working out, then have a bad day and, as they say, “slash all my tires” ( gosh I love that expression!)  I have been a both a size 7 and a size 18,  as well as everything in between.  A little over 3 months ago I made a decision to change my life,  lose weight and be healthier.  I have a zillion personal reasons why I decided to do this, but first and foremost it was to feel better in my own skin.

It has been incredibly liberating and I am absolutely loving my new lifestyle!!!  I have never felt stronger or more capable in my life and I never want to go back to my old ways. 

I’ve been asked a lot lately “what is working this time?”, “how are you making it stick?”,  “why is this time different?”,  “what’s the secret?”.

While, I would really love to tell you there is some magic reason why its working this time and hasn’t in the past, the truth is, it’s all about your mindset and making yourself a priority.    After all the years of self loathing, being overweight and hating the way I looked and subsequently felt,  I just owned up to the fact that I am the only person responsible for the way I am, and decided to change it.   I read this quote the other day that said “Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life”   Just let that sink in for a minute… its pretty powerful!

I truly believe we all have the power to change our own lives. I think the secret is just that you have to want it more than you want whatever is holding you back.  Instead of finding an excuse to not workout, eat healthy etc,  I find a way to make it fit into my life.  I’m prioritizing myself and making time for me.  As they say where there is a will, there is always a way!

Here are some things that are working for me and helping me stay on track:

  1. Find a way, not an excuse.   You are your only limit!  Just go for it!
  2. Make yourself a priority.  There are 24 hours in a day,  try and start with prioritizing yourself for at least 30 minutes and building that up. Each day we are faced with 1000 decisions and each and every day I make a conscious decision to choose this new lifestyle over my old one.
  3. Working out first thing in the morning starts the day out right.  I get up an extra 30 minutes early each day and workout. Its sets up my whole day for success and I don’t have to think about fitting it in later.  For those night owls, it may work better for you later in the day, but just make sure you set aside time for exercise and stick to it.
  4. Meal preparation.   I meal prep on the weekends, doing my grocery shopping and meal planning on Saturday or Sunday morning.  At first it felt like a lot of work, but now it just feels normal.  I never go to bed without my lunch and snacks prepped for the next day.  It means I won’t reach for those  “not so good” snacks and ensures I stay on track.
  5. I walk at lunch and/or home after work.   My office is only a few steps from the seawall, which makes a 5 km walk at lunch really easy.   Walking is my therapy.  I get all my anger, frustration etc out on the pavement.  I listen to music or podcasts* and love it!   My walk home is 6.3 km  and takes me just over an hour, and by the time I get home, all that stress from the day is gone and I can enjoy my evening with friends or family.    If I had one piece of advice, find your “therapy” and do it every day.  The days I don’t walk I feel so much stress/anxiety.*my favourite podcasts right now

    -Invisibilia

    -StoryCorps

    -This American Life

    -S-Town

    -Serial

    -Science vs.

    -Anna Faris is Unqualified

  6. Find someone to be accountable with.   Someone that will keep you on track and motivate/inspire you to keep moving.   Also, someone that will both support you but also give you s#*t for your excuses. Also, write your goals down, be specific and give yourself some timelines to work towards.
  7. They say 21 days of a routine creates a habit, so push yourself for 21 days and  don’t let anyone get in your way.
  8. Food as fuel, not comfort. Don’t quit if you have a bad day… don’t let it sideline you,  just start over again and push through. Remember this is a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix.
  9. Social media purge -get rid of social media that makes you feel bad about yourself and  find some that inspire you instead.   Here are  some IG’ers that I’m currently loving:

@healthyisthenewskinny

@rawbeautytalks

@erinireland

@gimmesomeoven

  1. Drink a LOT of water.   Try drinking up to half your body weight in ounces a day.   Hydration is key!

 

 

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