Change Is Hard
I’ve been incredibly frustrated with myself. I’ve blamed everything from stress, to work, to time constraints and right down to family obligations as the reason I’m not losing weight. I’ve convinced myself I have no motivation or willpower. I am a loser. I have a binge eating disorder, and that’s why I can’t reach my goals. Well, today I heard a quote from Robin Sharma in a YouTube video, and it changed everything.
“Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.”
I literally woke the hell up after hearing him say that. He is so right. Making a change, whether it be in your job, your goals, your home, your relationship, your health.... it’s hard as heck at first. Anytime you are trying to change something; it’s hard. And it will never be easy. Anytime I have done something worth while it has been hard! And it challenged me and kicked my ass. But in the end, it was worth it.
Currently, I complain every week about my diet. I complain that I’m not eating the way I want to and I’m not being real with myself. For a while, I used the excuse that restricting my diet is not healthy or sustainable. Here’s the real deal.... changing my diet is hard! And I don’t like hard. Who does? Every week I go to Trader Joe’s and buy the same familiar foods that I know are easy to make and will taste good and every week I consume too much oil and sugar. I’m not going to sit here and say I eat horribly because that would be a lie. But I do eat for convenience.
I want to eat for health and health alone with a few naughty things thrown in here and there. And to do that, it’s going to take time and prep and trying new things that I may not even like. And that is hard. And the journey is going to be messy and at times, stressful. Our brains want to stay away from stressful. It’s a chemical reaction. Fight or flight. Me changing my diet is the same as a bear coming at me. My brain wants to avoid these things at all costs. And I have to push through the resistance which is also hard. See where I am going with this?
No matter how you slice it, diet change and sticking to it is going to be hard. But it’s a hard I need to bear because, in the end, it will be worth it. My body will thank me. I need to take care of this vessel I have been given. I only get one in this lifetime. The “diet” I am going to stick to in the weeks to come is a high carb, low-fat vegan diet. That means I will consume lots of fruits and vegetables, starches, grains and very little oil, fats, and refined sugars. I have followed Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. John McDougall for a long time but have yet to commit to this way of eating. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going for perfection, but I do want to try to eat this way 80-90% of the time and see how my body feels.
My favorite thing to do, if you haven’t already noticed, is experiment with my diet and body. So here goes nothing. I will defiantly post recipes here, and if you follow me on Instagram, I will keep you posted there as well. Have a great week! Talk to you soon!!