Hi Everyone!!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far! Today is an exciting day, I am eager to talk to you about creating your perfect body. Being a person that has struggled with her weight, I know how frustrating it can be to become the healthiest version of yourself. Especially with all the information out there. All the fad diets and crazy workout programs can make you feel like you are drowning. Not to mention, it seems like every two minutes, whether something is good for you or not seems to change. So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do? That’s what I am here to share with you today.
I have tried many diets and work out programs in the past. The pounds would always come off fast and seem to come back just as quick. After spending some time studying habits I knew that this was going to be the best way for me to lose the weight and keep it off for good.
Let’s start by defining exactly what a habit is. The Merriam Webster dictionary online defines a habit as, “A behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition.” I have found, to form a habit, you must repeat it daily. Research varies on how long it takes exactly to form a habit and I believe that this is because it varies from person to person. For myself, it seems to take a month before I form a habit, and anytime in addition to that seems to make it automatic.
Now that we know how long it takes to form a habit you are probably wondering what habits are good to form. I have found that physical activity is very important. This is the habit that I decided to incorporate first. Every day for thirty days I went to the gym for thirty minutes. I did not miss a day. When I would miss a day, it would throw me off and I would end up starting over. I tried to go at the same time every day. After the thirty days, I noticed that my body craved it. I began to up my time that I spent there. After working out for a year it felt as if my body was on auto piolet. If the gym isn’t your thing that is fine play a sport, go for walks, or swim. Whatever you must do to get your body moving! Working out made me feel better, look better, and develop muscles I never knew I had. However, it did not seem to help me lose weight. I kept hearing people around the gym say weight loss happens in the kitchen. I knew it was time to make some dietary changes.
This is where I felt confused, everyone had an opinion about what I should eat, how often I should eat, and when I should eat. I did not know who to listen to, so I decided to listen to my body. For the first month of eating healthy I cut out processed sugar (everything but fruit) This helped a ton, I lost ten pounds. After this, I quit eating three hours before bed, started eating a ton of veggies, drinking eight glasses of water a day, and the list went on. I would add a new habit every thirty days. This is when the magic started to happen before I knew it I was a whole new person. I also joined Dietbet, this is a game where you put in money and you have a certain amount of weight to lose. This helped keep me excited and accountable.
Of course, I have struggles along the way. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t find myself in a pile of cupcakes a time or two. We will talk about how to overcome this in later blogs. For now, I want you to contemplate if there are any habits that you could incorporate to make a healthier happier you? Please leave in the comments which habits you are going to work on. Telling people what you are working on is a great way to hold yourself accountable.
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“Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America’s Most-trusted Online Dictionary.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.