As April 1st looms, I am considering my choices. I know I have to restrict my diet again. I know wheat & gluten especially are making me ill and pooing all over my life.
I know that I am being lazy and unmotivated, in my health and writing.
I know I feel soooo much better when I exercise daily and eat very little complex carbs.
I know I love a nice piece of cake or a really great muffin. And chocolate…goodness me, I love chocolate.
I know I don’t want to live without these things.
I know that if I restrict them, I will only want them even more in a month or two.
I know that my past “diets” have been successful for short periods only.
I know I need to make it a lasting lifestyle change. But how?
I don’t want to be a martyr but I do want to look and feel
The older I get, the wiser I become. I know myself fairly well these days.
Restricting all will only last a short time, this I already know so I’ve come up with some tips for myself (and maybe for you) to ensure my success and good health.
- Write down goals, dreams and desires for yourself. Post them where you will view daily.
- Make the commitment: Be true to yourself and fight (yourself) for a better life and way of living.
- Read and watch: Anything and everything that will motivate & inspire you to stick to your goals. This may need to be done daily!!
- Delay gratification: We live in a ‘I WANT IT NOW’ society and maybe that is why we are all so spoilt. Hard work, patience and determination deserves reward, nothing less.
- Celebrate your wins: Preferably not with something you are restricting!! Choose a treat that will enhance your wellbeing: a massage, a day at the beach, a long walk or snuggle down with a book or your favourite TV show.
- If it makes you feel good, keep doing it. If it makes you feel bad, stop doing it. Sounds simple, eh?
- Set aside time for quiet: meditation, reading, journal writing, a hot bath. Choose a time when you are guaranteed silence to just be.
- Be grateful for what you have: Being thankful for everything in your life, the good and the bad will turn every experience into a lesson, not a drama-filled crisis.
- Step out of your comfort zone: Do something that you have always been too afraid to do. This is a great way to boost confidence that will spill over to many areas of your life.
- Take a day off each week: Have one free day with no rules, restrictions or boundaries. If your one day turns into two, then three….you’ll have to start over from the beginning again.
I’m loving #10. I have decided that Sunday, the traditional day of rest will be my day off. It doesn’t mean that I will eat everything in the house or not exercise even if I feel like it. It means I will have a day to sleep-in, relax, be more casual with myself. I’m confident that these guidelines will be the way to a positive, life-long solution instead of the constant see-saw I have been living on for the past 8+ years.
Life is hard sometimes but often, we make it harder than it has to be. My goal is to have a happy family, stress-free career, care-free lifestyle, healthy and fit body and a creative mind. I’m nearly there…I’m so close to it. Any.Day.Now.
On my next big win (selling an article) I am booking myself in for a massage.
What are your favourite ways to celebrate a victory?