Trying to stay active with our local box even though I am 5,000 miles away (at least that is what Google Maps says), Jaime and I have signed up with the box’s Paleo Challenge. 50 days of eating clean with zero cheats. Yikes. The funny thing is I have been eating really well with the Premade Paleo and finding salads with plenty of chicken or some other sort of protein on top. I’ve seen plenty of red velvet cakes, brownies, ice cream, cookies, soda, you name it, and not really thought about twice about them. I didn’t want them. I didn’t crave them. But a few days after this Paleo Challenge started on 11 September. On Day One, the cookies in the lobby suddenly looked much more delicious. The Coke machine I passed on the way to my room suddenly seemed really tantalizing. The Zingers in the snack machine looked like they were about to fall through that little coil-holder-thingee and into my hand. I made it to my room without giving into the temptations, but I was stunned by my inner voice that had suddenly turned evil and clearly against me.
But it lead me to this realization: if you have made the choice of your own volition to make a healthier change in your life, you have made a mindset shift which makes losing weight, gaining muscle, losing fat, or getting fit natural and infinitely easier. When an external force is applied to your decision making, it is taken out of your hands and it suddenly gets a lot harder.
So what is the point of all of this? When you are ready, make that decision to change. But YOU have to be ready. The only way you can get yourself into the right mindset is be committed to yourself and to your goals. To that end, once you have made that choice, start immediately. Don’t wait until the first of the month. Don’t wait until after the weekend. Don’t wait until Monday. Hell, don’t wait until after the next meal. Make the change then. Own it. And when you slip, and you eat that cookie in the lobby (and are disgusted with yourself because it wasn’t Otis Spunkmeyer at all… somebody put Chips Ahoy in there… jerks), you reflect on what lead you to that slip, and you get back on track right then and there. Don’t rationalize yourself into going to Five Guys and getting the double bacon cheeseburger. And since you ate that, you might as well go to Cold Stone. Not that I know about that from personal experience. Reflect on where you are and where you want to go, and start again. Right now.