I think since I told you guys I was going to try and make better lifestyle choices for myself I kept telling myself I would do it tomorrow and that was three plus months ago. There were definitely days where I put forth an effort that was equivalent to skipping dessert or adding lettuce to a sandwich, but in all honesty nothing drastic. For lent I gave up soda, and I really thought that would stick, it didn’t. I would go on walks but it was so leisurely and as soon as I would break a sweat I would be done. Everyday when it came down to the fries or the salad, my decision was “I’ll choose the salad tomorrow.”
When I was younger I loved the idea that tomorrow was never going to happen and I think that’s something I’ve always carried with me. For some reason I kept saying it though, tomorrow I’ll go on a walk, tomorrow I’ll go the gym, tomorrow I’ll have a salad for dinner, tomorrow I’ll figure out a healthier option than chicken nuggets and curly fries for lunch, it never turned to a today. Until you say “I’m doing that right this very moment” it’s always going to be tomorrow or later.
So today as I was in my vegetative state on the couch watching YouTube like I do everyday after work and dinner just staring at the elliptical. Then I thought, I should really work out, like I think everyday, however instead of thinking “I should” today I said “I will”. My dad set up the Google Chromecast for me and I watched YouTube while I worked out. I’m not going to lie it was tough, I haven’t done much physical activity since I left school and even towards the end of the semester I started going to a different church that was farther away and had to drive to so I stopped walking. I did the elliptical for probably a half an hour with some crunches, squats, and stretching in there too, don’t want to hurt myself that’s for sure. I then did yoga for what was supposed to be fifteen minutes but the last 10 was all breathing so I only did five of that.
I hope that maybe this sets a tone for healthy living for me. I hope that I keep putting YouTube on the tv when I get home from work. I hope that maybe I swap out my bread for lettuce (I’m really trying to like lettuce but I just don’t like it), eat more grilled foods, swap out the ice cream for just a piece of dark chocolate. I want this to be the start of something that’s good for me. I want to be fit, I want to be healthier, I just have to take the jump.
Any advice or motivation? Send me happy thoughts please. Just a reminder you don’t have to wait until January to be healthy.