It is never too late to make change your lifestyle for the better. It just takes setting up some goals and the drive to reach those goals.
A few years ago I was on a one-way street to the “Heart Attack/Stroke Hotel.” I was eating fast food for breakfast and lunch every day, drinking a little over a two liter bottle of soda every day and dinner was a three-hour snack fest watching TV. I know, it is depressing. I had the mind set that there was just not enough time in the day for 8 hours of work, to help raise a family and commit myself to exercise. It just seemed a lot to handle and it would probably end up consuming my life.
I went to the doctor one day and he told me, “That if I was in my 40s and had the same numbers for my sugars, cholesterol and blood pressure, I would not be at the doctors office, I would be at the funeral home.” That sent a powerful message to me. I thought about not being there for my kid’s college graduation. I saw myself missing out on grandchildren coming over to my house on weekends. This is what got me motivated to not just diet, but also change my whole lifestyle.
The first step in my journey for a health change was to set some goals. I knew that I needed short-term goals and long-term goals. I knew that I needed to set goals for both nutrition and goals for exercise. Setting these short-term goals is great advice for anyone that is about to start a health change. Short-term goals allow you to meet goals and feel like you are making progress towards the ultimate long-term goal. I knew that if I was going to change and get healthily it was going to be up to me. Supporters are great, but they can’t be with you 24/7 to stop those late night pepperoni pizza cravings.
All right lets talk about my diet and exercise change. First off changing your diet is not as hard as you think. All you have to do is not buy junk at the store. You first trip to the store and not filling your cart with frozen pizzas, chips, soda and ice cream is a pretty empowering experience. I would buy food for the week. Then I would cook all my food for the week in one night and portion it out in glass containers for each meal of that week. This is great advice for someone starting a program like this. You always have your food made so that you don’t get hungry and head out for some burgers and fries. This really helped me keep me focused on my goals. The meals that I prepared also allowed me to have more time for exercise. It was kind of like having fast food but healthy and nutritious.
I’m not going to lie; the exercise change was very difficult at first. Even the short-term goals that I set felt like climbing mountains. When I started my health change I had only been in a weight gym four times in my life. But if you stay with it and push yourself both mentally and physically you will get to the top of that mountain. This process of staying mentally focus has helped me in many other aspects of my life from my family to work.
My journey from being lazy and making excuses to being healthy and happy is one that is constantly on going. Understanding that you are not on a diet but on a lifestyle change is key to getting through the hard times and climbing your own mountains.