For a while now, I’ve been feeling fatigued and tired. I know some of it had to do with the last of the winter days and lack of sun, but it also had to do with my diet. First was Christmas candy, then Valentine chocolates and of course my wine at night. All that sugar and processed food was weighing me down, physically and mentally.
I was looking on Face Book one day and I saw a picture of a friend who happens to be a doctor. While she never was overweight by any means, she has totally changed her body and looks amazing.
It gave me the courage to make a change for the better. I made an appointment and she gave me some guidelines about what I should be eating. I was nervous at first, thinking about all the food (and wine!) I would be giving up. So with renewed strength I started the first day with my food journal and planned out the day’s menu.
Food Journal – This is super important. A lot of the times we will snack on something and wonder why we are not losing weight. A food journal forces you to write everything (and I mean everything) down so you can look back and see how you are doing.
Inspirational Picture – I’m totally a visual person. When I’m writing I see the scene in my head like a movie. So this step was vital to my healthy eating plan. I found a picture on the internet of a girl in a bikini and I printed it off. I glued it to the front of my food journal so I would constantly see it. When I wanted that piece of chocolate or that glass of wine, I would look at that picture and realize I wanted a healthier version of me more than I wanted that glass of wine.
I’m eating more than before (sometimes I can’t finish the meal) and feeling the change. Now I’m five days in and I can see a difference in my mental focus and clarity.
I have more energy. I’m not tired. I sleep better at night. I’ve lost a few pounds.
For me, it was more than just looking good. It was moving my health to the next level. I’m a firm believer if you don’t like something about your life, then change it. I think we are all capable of such great things if we just get out of our heads and do it.
If there’s something about your life you don’t like I challenge you to change it. There’s no better time like the present.