Want to quit a bad habit? Think its too difficult.
I always hear people state that they don’t have the willpower or the energy to quit a bad habit or create new habits like exercising. The truth is you have to really want it. You have to want it more than you want to cling to old habits.
When I was overweight my wife urged me to lose weight as she was worried about my health. I had no energy for activities or housework, my knees hurt when I would come back from work and I always looked exhausted.
When I lost weight it was because of a fitness challenge at work. I started walking around on my breaks and I had dropped 10 lbs in a month. I realized that if I just started with some small changes, I could do this. It wasn’t so difficult after all.
I then started to cut unhealthy food. In the past, I would drop by my parent’s house for a visit and start my day with some sweets. Then I would get to work and I would stop by a coffee shop to get a huge muffin with my coffee. Finally, I would finish my day with a dessert at home. I was essentially having dessert 3 times a day and packing on the pounds without noticing. I now only have a dessert about 2-3 times a week. I try to eat a balanced diet with more fruits and vegetables and fewer unhealthy carbs.
When I changed my diet I continued to lose more weight and I kept on walking. I then realized that I had reached a plateau in my weight loss. I decided to start using the dusty old elliptical in our basement either before or after work to start. The convenience really helped me to stay consistent.
And the final step was when I decided to join a local gym that had just opened up near my home.
The change came gradually and in different steps. You don’t need to tackle everything at once. Start small and just keep on going until you reach your goal. The hardest part is taking the first step.
Where there’s a will there’s a way!
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