Healthy Lifestyle > Dieting
To me this is a no-brainer. Dieting is temporary, you restrict yourself of food by some means or other for a period of time. You lose weight, you mostly hate your life during this period and then, after the diet is over, you go back to your old ways and slowly put it all back on.
If you focus on living a healthy lifestyle this makes it so much easier to make choices between healthy and un-healthy foods or activities.
“I’m not going to have a second helping of that pudding because that doesn’t fit in with my priorities.”
This is the thing you see. Life is all about priorities.
If you consider your own health and fitness to be a priority, then you automatically make time to prepare delicious and healthy meals. You make time to get to the gym or go out for a club ride. You don’t have Nutella in the cupboard because you know you can’t help yourself and those extra calories aren’t as important to you as eating a broad spectrum of vegetables for a healthy digestive system.
The problem is that, for most people, this requires making changes and, in many cases, a complete lifestyle overhaul. It can be done, I did it in my journey from fat and sick to lean, strong and healthy. But I had to make a choice. I had to choose between staying in my comfort zone and remaining unhealthy or pushing myself to, occasionally uncomfortable, places in order to achieve something special.
I chose to put the work in. I got in touch with my emotional needs and found that the idea of looking and feeling healthy appealed to me. Now, the thought of not feeling truly awesome every day frightens me.
I feel energised, focussed, motivated and creative. I look pretty good naked and I play rugby to a reasonable level.
See, there’s more to being healthy than simply not being sick and this is something that most people can’t comprehend.
Ask yourself this. When was the last time you woke up full of energy and zest for life? When did you last have a real spring in your step all day long and tackle every task and every challenge with true vigour?
Once you have experienced this nothing will make you go back to your old ways.
However, many people are just too negative, they are afraid to step out of their comfort zone, they make excuses.
“I don’t have time.”
“I don’t have the knowledge.”
“That’s too hard.”
All of those things are true in the beginning but, pretty soon, all the things you do as part of a healthy lifestyle become habitual behaviours, just like showering or brushing your teeth.
Planning and preparing food, exercising, meditation, investing in your own self-development. All of these things just become things that you do and they replace the old, bad habits that were holding you back.
Remember, diets have a beginning and an end. A healthy lifestyle is ongoing, the destination is irrelevant, it’s all about the journey and that journey is exciting.
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