It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Lifestyle

My life is not the same as it was a year ago. A year ago, the words, diet and exercise were not something I would be saying when talking about myself. This year there is a new me. I am no longer going to sit back and watch my life play out under someone else’s rules. I’m not going to work for my body, my body is going to work for me.

And the important thing is, I do not consider this a diet, if I want to have a bowl of ice cream, or some chips, I’m going to. But it’s not going to be an overindulgence, or an overeating episode that has plagued me my entire life. If that means I have to tell myself out loud to stop eating, or even tell myself internally, “You do not need to eat it all.” Then that is what I will say.

I have to simply stop putting more into my mouth. And I have to start putting the right things into my mouth as well. Fruit smoothies, overnight oats, avocado, lean meats, fish, etc. I can eat what I want, but not in excess.

Now I’m all about finding loopholes and getting more of what I want, and I love food, as my body can tell you. So, if I want to eat more of the foods I love and want I need to counter act that right? Enter my former nemesis, exercise.

Exercise and I had a hate relationship, I hated to do it, and it hated me when I attempted it. But now I joined a gym and have gone a few days already. What have I noticed? Well in a little over a week, my tummy has been reduced, and I find that I do not feel sore later. So, I’m either not over doing it, or the weights I have been doing are too light.

I warm up on the treadmill, and then I work on my perceived problem areas, abs (or lack thereof), arms, and buns. So far, I have worked on the abs and arms, buns may be introduced next week. My goals are simple, and the gym is awesome.

(Not me)

It is a non-body shaming location and really nobody has even said one word to me while I’m working out. (I do like that phrase). What was positively unexpected, was that I am enjoying it. Like I said my goals are simple, create a lifestyle that keeps me healthy and allowing me to live longer and happier.

If you have goals for yourself, whether they are for health reasons or any reason, I believe in you and I am always in your corner cheering you on. You can do this!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

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