So we are around 3 weeks in, and I feel the need to update as I believe I have truly made a turning point in my life.
Today, I caught myself lifting up my shirt and looking at my stomach in the mirror, side view. Now, I always do this - and I’m pretty sure everyone else does too. But I’ve been noticing a difference in the way I’ve been doing this lately. A few months ago, on a particularly good “skinny day”, I would have looked at my stomach from profile and been momentarily happy, only to feel suddenly crushed by knowing it would never last. I could never keep up a diet of restricting calories forever, and it would only be a matter of time before my next binge to destroy all the hard work I had put into my shrinking waist.
But today? Today I lifted up my shirt, looked to the side, and rather than m y usual sinking feeling of fleeting progress, felt an overwhelming wave of success washed over me as I realized the thought going through my mind was this: It’s gonna be there tomorrow, the next day, and the day after that; and it’s only gonna look even better, because this time you’re doing things right. This time means maintaining a healthy, balanced diet; keeping up a regular exercise schedule; listening to my body and keeping a positive mind … because of those things, I have been able to “flip a switch” in my lifestyle where I no longer crave unhealthy things, no longer want to “punish” myself for mistakes, and where I love every minute of the journey that is finally taking me to where I’ve wanted to be all along - and where I could have been if I had only been unclouded enough to realize it years ago.
I hope all of you are able to reinvent and redesign your lifestyles as well so that you too can love your body, the way it looks, and the way it operates - it is the only one you have, and you are stuck with it until the end. It should not have taken me so many trials and errors to understand how a simply structured “healthy lifestyle” is exactly all you need to achieve this.
- NO EXCUSES PARTICIPANT CHALLENGE
(Such a beautiful post. Congratulations!)
- 20th March