I love food. Cooking it, eating it, preparing it for guests and sharing it with others. The reason for this is that I have discovered how to eat well and give my body what it needs. It’s simple really. And even delicious. Here is where I’ll share my discoveries and favorite things to eat, as well as some tips on how I’ve learned to eat in a healthy way. There will be one post at a time and I’ll switch it up every so often. So be sure to check back if you want to read more!
I’ve committed this year to do everything possible to reach a healthy BMI range for myself. And right now that looks like counting calories and sometimes carbs, exercising much more than I usually do, being part of a fitness group ( which one of my friends convinced me to join, I wouldn’t have done it otherwise ). It means being vulnerable, challenged and discouraged an awful lot. But that’s okay.
Changing an aspect of your lifestyle takes time and all of the things I just mentioned. It also takes dedication, consistency and a willingness to see it through to the end. I’m speaking mainly to myself because like I said before, it’s discouraging sometimes.
I think a huge part of the mindset that you need to do something like this is about loving yourself. Just like you wouldn’t give up on a friend who let you down, abandon someone close to you who’s in need or refuse to keep being there for someone just because things get hard. You should not so easily give up on yourself.
Stick it out if it’s what you need. And figure out what you need so that you can take care of yourself, instead of waiting for someone else to tell you how to do it or waiting for someone to do it for you.
I’m also not trying to promote narcissism, just a healthy view of ones self. In my experience that can be the thing that tends to get “put on the back burner” more often than not. And maybe sometimes necessarily. But I don’t think fully neglecting yourself all the time is the way to go.
Anyway, my point is: changing aspects of your life style means sticking it out for the long haul, and doing it because it’s what you need. Because no one can change it for you, except you. And you need it. So don’t get discouraged, don’t drop the ball, give yourself room for mistakes and move on. Figure out what you need to improve and adjust your plan, look at the areas in which you’ve improved and be proud of yourself for those things, then build on them. Love yourself and I think you’ll find out how much easier it is to love everything and everyone else around you.
That’s my bit of advice for the day. Happy Thursday!
Also, here are some pictures that inspire me because when they were taken I had lost about 30 pounds, and was closer to my goal weight. Here’s to being healthy!