Something new and exciting is a great adventure but the challenge is to stick with it beyond the golden phase and make it part of your life. I never really had to work out in my life. I was blessed with a fast metabolism and could eat anything and never go above the 120 mark. But having children and time itself had an effect and I began to realize that I couldn’t keep living the same way and still look like I did in my 20’s. I had to not only change my eating habits but I had to start working out too. I was totally confounded by the diet, there are so many options and it seems that no two opinions are the same. The same went for the exercise. Do I do jazzercise with women twice my age that didn’t look like they worked out at all, or do I do something hardcore like Crossfit?
I knew a change was needed so I persevered and tried one diet, one workout at a time. Slowly I was able to eliminate the foods that didn’t make me feel good. Eventually I realized I needed to cut out all sugar to keep the weight off. Also, after many trials at different gyms I found a great boot camp style workout that made me feel great. But both the diet and the workout can be difficult to maintain. It is easy to cheat on the diet and to skip a day at the gym. What I’ve learned in the past two years since I started this quest is that I need to be disciplined and strong minded.
When I don’t eat chocolate ice cream, all I’m missing out on is feeling guilty afterwards and a couple of extra pounds. It just isn’t worth it anymore. I also have to forgive myself for any minor transgressions in my workout. It’s too easy to say “well I missed three days in a row at the gym, what’s one more?” I don’t let my failure to persevere prevent me from starting again.
I’m not doing the diet or the exercise for a finite amount of time. I’m doing this for the rest of my life. This is me now and I love that I can stick to the challenge. I feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment in maintaining my course. What is harder than saying no to birthday cake or nonstop cardio for 45 minutes is thinking ahead 3 years or 10 years to the disappointment I will feel in myself if I quit this new lifestyle. That’s what keeps me going. That is why I persevere.