It's been about a year and a half since I have actively tried to lose weight and get healthy. For the most part, I keep a positive attitude about it because I've seen good results, but there are those days that I don't feel like working out or eating right and just want to lay in bed and watch tv all day long. Lately, I've been thinking about why I continue on this track to healthy living more than I have in the past. My outlook is a lot more positive and I don't give up after my slip ups like I have in the past. The other day I was thinking to myself: Why is THIS time different?
Well, the list of pros is waaaaayyyy longer than the cons I used to have in my head:
My energy level is COMPLETELY different. Before, I used to be able to just lay around doing nothing and was content. Now, I'm constantly up and moving around. Even when I'm watching tv, I get up and move around while I'm watching. I do jumping jacks during commercials, or push ups, or I just get up and walk to the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom. I'm constantly back and forth. It's a small, but amazing change.
My mood is more positive. I've battled with depression for a few years now and had more bad days than good. Since I've swapped my sedentary lifestyle for eating better and being active, I have more good days than bad. I smile more. I can't remember the last time I cried and I'm full of love.
I try new things that were once out of my comfort zone. 3 years ago, if you would have asked me if I was a runner, I would tell you, I wouldn't run for my life. I tried to put a humorous spin on something that made me uncomfortable and nervous. Now, I have a bunch of 5k walks under my belt and have run a 5k as well and have a calendar full of 5ks, 10ks, a Warrior Dash, and a Half Marathon that I plan to do. Now, I feel liberated running and strong. And I'm not even being chased!
My insomnia has gotten so much better. I used to get up at least 4-5 times a night and was exhausted every single day. Now, I'm up once to twice a night and that is usually to use the bathroom and right back to sleep instead of laying there for 20 minutes trying to doze off.
I'm more focused and clear headed. My thinking is quicker and my memory is improved and less clouded. I'm back to thinking on my feet and problem solving.
I'm stronger! I don't have to ask for help lifting things as much. Or, I'm more willing to lift things myself than I was. I'm more self sufficient and I'm proud to be!
My clothes fit better. I don't feel the need to buy things baggy to hide my body anymore. I'm more comfortable in my own skin. I love the muscles in my legs and arms. I love my collarbone. My face is thinner. I feel better overall about how I look instead of being ashamed of my body. And it keeps changing and transforming everyday. I LOVE IT!
My skin and hair look better. All the water I drink has made my skin look clear and my hair is soft and shiny. It sounds so cliche, but all that water has had me going from dehydrated to feeling and looking better inside and out. Water really does wonders!
I think about all these wonderful things that have happened to me and I know I don't want to go back to the "old" me. I like what I've become and who I'm becoming with the effort and hard work I put into myself. I don't feel selfish anymore for taking the time and energy I put into making myself better because I know a better me will make everything in my life better. It's all worth it. Whenever I feel lazy or discouraged, I think about all the wonderful benefits and it helps me power through. The pros out weigh the cons so much, that I feel like I have no reason to not keep going. Onward and upward!!!!!