When was the last time you felt the urge to make a “lifestyle change?” Maybe it’s now. Or maybe you have already made a change and succeeded. Maybe you tried and fell down and it’s time to get back up again.
I am a mom of 2 teens and through out the years I have been fit and unfit physically. Hiding from the camera has been a lifestyle for me. Being a photographer has made that easy. At this point in my life with our kids getting closer to graduating; I am tired of hiding and I want to feel my best. I talked to my Dr. and he told me something I have heard before but cast off as cliche’.
“Don’t go on a diet, make a lifestyle change.”
How do I make a lifestyle change and where do I start? What will be my motivation? I am not sure yet.
I can tell you what this lifestyle change is not:
It is not a competition with anyone else
It is not to be a tough mudder or a spartan
It’s not about trying to be the size I was in highschool
It’s not for anyone but me 🙂
I could get mad at myself for not taking care of this on New Year’s Day~
Most people worry about gaining weight over the Christmas holidays. There are so many cookie trays, appetizers, cocktails and full course meals; if you participate in all of the party’s, it’s almost impossible to not gain weight. I don’t know anyone that would choose to make a lifestyle change during the holidays. But I do know lots of people who try on New Year’s day.
Personally, I stopped trying on New Years. I learned through experience and disappointment that I wouldn’t hang in there. And, I am not alone in failing. Did you know 80% of people quit by February?
So why now? Summer temptations are the hardest for me. I love the casual dining atmosphere with friends and family. We do lots of backyard campfires and camping during summer they always include drinks, smore’s and other goodies to snack on while we chat into the evening, staring at the glow and inhaling the smoke. It’s a magical concoction.
This is the delicious breakfast I made when we were camping last week.
Cook outs and BBQ’s are tied for first place with camping and fires. Unlike Christmas parties that have a relatively short window to hang out and eat. Summer cook outs can last all day and into the evening. Going back for 2nds and even 3rds is the norm at summer get together’s. Sometimes more meat even gets thrown on the grill.
BUT, summer also offers the most opportunity to be outside; walking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, shooting and geocaching.
I am looking for YOUR suggestions and experiences. Have you ever made a real lifestyle change and if you did? Were you successful? What changes did you make? Do you avoid temptations or give in to them? I would love to get a conversation going.
Things I have done so far
- charged the Fitbit, I have the Alta ( if you use one, let’s connect for some challenges)
- have a proper water bottle and got some essential oil drops for in it (grapefruit)
- looked at my local YMCA class schedule (I need to write the times in my calendar)
- made the decision to prepare 75% of what we eat (I need to make a grocery list)
- decided 2 times per day even if it is only long walks
- researched the term lifestyle change – “Lifestyle changes are a process that take time and require support“
So at least once a week, I will be checking in here to share how it’s going. Good or bad.
I am truly looking forward to hearing your successes and struggles. What has worked and what has not.