I’ll start after my birthday. Once the weekend is over I’m finally going to do it. After our vacation next month, we can finally buckle down and get healthy… These are just a few examples of my past plans to embark on a healthier lifestyle—all of which never quite worked out like I thought. There have been countless times in my life where I knew I couldn’t continue on the path I was on, and yet, I also wasn’t psychologically prepared to change. I reassured myself I would start as soon as the next (arbitrary) date on my calendar passed, until I was left with only regret after regret. Why didn’t I start sooner?
One of my more popular posts was about not waiting to lose weight to start living. http://www.andiemitchell.com/ill-do-it-as-soon-as-i-lose-weight/ I wholeheartedly believe that you shouldn’t avoid putting yourself out there, enjoying life, or pursuing goals just because you happen to be overweight right now—think of all that you’d miss! But if you do want to get on a healthier path, you can live your life and pursue a healthier one simultaneously. You can love your body while working on it.
Change is a terrifying thing. Giving up your one source of comfort can be torture. But living a life you know is wrong, a life you know will lead to more and more pain, is unsustainable. You can keep reassuring yourself that it’s going to be easier after this or that imaginary event or date passes, but a small part of you will always know the truth: it’s not. It’s hard, and it’s getting harder every day. Any more time you wait to correct course will make it harder and harder to find your way back. If you can’t jump in with both feet, at least dip your toes in the water. Start by making small changes—cut out soda, smoke half the pack, go for a walk after dinner with your family. Whatever you do, start your journey now, not after memorial day, or your birthday, or the weekend. Now.