Is it time for you?
I have struggled with my weight and body image for as long as I remember. Even as a kid, I just accepted the fact that I was the bigger friend of the group. Diets, and depression, and weight gain, trying to accept and be happy who I was, it all was just head games making me crazy.
My husband recently decided to drastically change his eating. He gathered information and was all in with his new philosophy on food. I thought he was crazy, but that quickly changed to jealousy when we lost 50 lbs in just a couple months and has easily kept it off.
I kept telling myself, there was no way I could change my eating behaviors that drastically. I was different and that would be too hard for me. I would be ok doing it my way.
I can tell you that my way wasn’t working. In fact, it hasn’t worked for 43 years! So I decided to try some of what he was doing and see what happens. I started with intermittent fasting. I cut my eating window to 8-10 hours a day. It was easier then I thought and over a period of time I did lose about 10-15 lbs, but that’s where it stayed, I was making no more progress.
The problem was, I hadn’t changed what I was eating. In fact, sometimes it was an excuse to eat more of the things I shouldn’t have been eating if I wanted to be healthy. Even though I wasn’t really gaining any weight, I was feeling more and more swollen, and my joints were increasingly stiff and and more sore as time went on.
Then I my favorite mentor, Chalene Johnson finally released her book, The 131 Method. I’m a book person, so I got my hands on it and dove in. I read the whole book cover to cover in one day! It was all the answers I needed. The science behind why I felt the way I did, and how to fix it and be healthier then ever before.
Like everything I do in life, I took action right away. (#protip -When you get the urge to do something or try something new, you have to act right away! If you wait, or think it over you will inevitably talk yourself out of it, or life will happen and your urge will fall to the bottom of the priority list and ultimately never happen.)
I made a grocery list, went shopping and came home and made the first of the many recipes in the book. Then another, then another. After the first couple of days, I had lost 5 lbs and my joints didn’t hurt anymore! It was like magic! Only because I had read the book, I knew it was the fact that I was changing the way my body used energy and reducing the inflammation that was causing me pain.
The cool part is, I had no headaches or sick feeling when I switched my eating habits. I didn’t really crave things, I had no urge to eat other things. My husband and I both have found we don’t even crave going out to restaurants as much anymore, and I haven’t been in a drive through in almost a month. I just don’t even miss even my favorites. I feel great! 2 weeks in and 10 lbs lighter, I feel amazing and my clothes fit better too!
I never in a million years would have thought I would be able to change my entire way of eating and how I feel about it so quickly. I put off “getting healthy” cause I dreaded how hard it was, and how stressful it was to miss out of so much. Now I realize it doesn’t have to be hard. I am so looking forward to the next phase of my journey and a whole new collection of recipes to try.
Sometimes we know that where we are is not where we want to be. We know we should make changes, but we hesitate because it might be too hard, or we don’t have time, or it’s cost more money to do it different. You have to know that all of those are excuses we use to overcome and avoid the fear we have about being able to succeed. If we just take time to educate ourselves, and then stop overthinking the change and just go all in, we just may find that it is not as hard or as complicated as we thought it might be. We may find that we wish we had taken action a long time ago.
What do you need to change in your life? Perhaps there is a thought, or an idea, that has been popping into your head or tugging at your heart for sometime. Maybe it is time to go all in, and change your life. What would happen if you did!! Even more important, what would happen if you don’t?