28 Feb 2017 by Hazel
Einstein famously said that Insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I’ve spent a fair portion of my life in that insane lane by trying one DIET after another and somehow expecting the weight to stay off despite reverting to my old habits once the diet had FINISHED. The difference this time is I am not dieting. This is a way of life for me. The rules came about naturally and I decided they were ones I could live by. Sugar was never my vice so giving it up was not going to be hard. Ultimately I just had to discover the hidden sugars I was consuming and give those up.
It is my belief that if you want to be successful then you have to find the rules that work for you. I know a couple of people who keep their lifestyle on track by fasting a couple of times a week. That is what works for them and that has become part of their way of life. It is important to figure out what you can live with, for life. There is no point doing something short term as you will end up in the same cycle all over again.
It is the same with exercise. I built it into my daily life. Why drive when I can walk or cycle? I am fiercely competitive, not necessarily with others but more so with myself. Improving on the time it takes to walk a mile, swim a length or number of steps I can do in a day is incredibly motivating. I do not partake in exercises I don’t enjoy. Running is not for me, tried it, hated it, don’t do it. It might be your sport of choice but whatever it is make it fun and enjoyable. Find out what motivates you and make it work for you.
Not only that think how you can increase your exercise habitually. Where you can, take the stairs not the lift, walk or cycle rather than drive, park furthest away from the entrance just to get those few extra steps. Take the long way round. Every tiny little bit helps and I’ve never believed you have to kill yourself to make progress. I am slow and steady. If I am moving then it is better than sitting still. Be kind and gentle with yourself. There will come a time when you will want to stretch yourself and go that bit harder, faster and fiercer.