Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Building on good choices

I have been making some good choices lately.
I have always heard people say that if you want to feel a certain way or act a certain way or make a huge change in your life, you need to just start living that way. Don't wait for the motivation or the "kick" you think you need or some external force to come along and get you to do it. Just live it. Live it everyday for however long it takes for it to become a habit. For it to become normal. For it to be just the way you do things. I never understood how that could possibly be. I mean really, if you force yourself to do something you hate, can it really become something you enjoy and look forward to?
But maybe, I am starting to believe. It is getting easier in the office to avoid the communal snack area. It is getting easier to order better in restaurants. It is getting easier to bring my lunch. It is getting easier to not snack at night. These are just some of the things that I have been forcing myself to do for the last 7 weeks and it really is getting easier.
We were out a lot this weekend, and I found myself ordering water instead of pop in restaurants. I ordered grilled chicken at a hamburger place. I order steamed rice and sliced pork at a chinese restaurant. I am making better choices. They are getting easier to make and I am not feeling deprived.
I am feeling empowered. That is quite a change.
I recognize in me that exercise will be my biggest struggle. But I am trying. I realize I will not go from 0 to 6 days a week immediately, so I am trying for 3. 3 cardio sessions and 2 weight sessions. It is not overwhelming. It feels doable. I will build on the good choices I am making around food and it will spill over into the exercise.
I will do this, I will.

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