In A Diet State Of Mind

In A Diet State Of Mind | Life Healthfully LivedI debated writing about this topic because I feel it can be a little bit like beating a dead horse, especially if you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time.  But I decided to do it anyway because it’s an important message and it’s January.

What does January have to do with eating?  Well, turn on your TV and watch any channel.  The majority of the commercials are going to be about some diet or weight loss system.  January is the month of resolutions and the beginning of many diets.  Gyms have major discounts and are usually packed the first few weeks of the new year.  Supplements, vitamins, pills, and all other weight loss tools/systems/plans are everywhere you turn.  People and companies in the health and fitness realm know that you’re going to spend your money and they want to make sure that you spend it on their plan or product.

There are so many diets to choose from and it can be overwhelming to decide which one you are going to follow.  All claim to have amazing results and some even tell you it can be done with minimal effort.  It’s hard not to be drawn in with the before and after pictures, hoping that soon you can have your own beautiful after photo.  So you dive in and pick a diet that you feel is going to give you the results you want.

I don’t want to rail against all the diets out there.  That’s been done and I don’t feel the need to add to that noise.  But I do want to tell you one thing that might sound a little contradictive to that sentiment.

Don’t diet.In A Diet State Of Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

To be more specific, don’t approach the new year with a diet frame of mind.  A diet typically has a starting and an ending point.  Once you reach your goal weight, you stop your diet and return to your regularly scheduled program.  But if you return to the way you were eating before you lost the weight guess what’s going to happen?  You’re going to regain that weight.

Which is why I want you to approach weight loss and this new year not with diet at the top of your list but a lifestyle change instead.  If you’re truly serious about losing weight and getting your health on track, this is going to be a life long thing.  This isn’t a 30-day program or a two-week transformation.  This is going to be your day in and day out.  When you look back on what you used to be and do, it should look completely different from the here and now.In A Diet State Of Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

Don’t let this frustrate you or dissuade you.  I don’t want this to make you feel defeated before you start.  I want you to feel empowered and ready to face what’s ahead.  There are going to be tough days and there are going to be easy ones.  There are going to be meals where the only thing you want to see on your plate is a Twinkie and there will be meals where you can’t wait to eat a whole heap of vegetables.  And you know what?  That’s life and that’s how being healthy goes.  It’s a balancing act, a yin and yang, give and take.In A Diet State Of Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

So if you are starting this year with the goal of being healthier and losing weight, please don’t think of it as a finite time.  Don’t approach your goal in the “diet” frame of mind.  Focus on these three little things to help big change:

Small changes. Gradually change your habits so that you aren’t overwhelmed.  Once you feel you’ve got one change down add another one.  Keep doing this until you have completely turned things around.

Add not subtract.  Instead of thinking of all the foods you don’t eat anymore, focus on all the new things you get to eat.  New fruits or vegetables you’ve never tried or different recipes than the one you’re used to can make your new lifestyle feel fresh, fun, and exciting.

Know your why.  Have a definite reason that you’re doing this and remind yourself of that often.  And don’t worry about your reason.  If it’s so you look good at your high school reunion this year or in order to fight heart disease, as long as it keeps you motivated, that’s all that matters.In A Diet State Of Mind | Life Healthfully Lived

Those three things can help you when the going gets tough and trust me it will.  But that doesn’t mean you have to give up, it just means you need to put in a little more effort until you get to the easy parts again.  And those easy parts will come, I promise.


What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

What's The Worst That Could Happen? | Life Healthfully LivedAhhh.  A new year.  Can you smell it?  The resolutions, the goals, the promises, the hope.  It’s all still pretty fresh just four days into 2016.  I’m all about setting goals and intentions for a new year, but I want them to be something more fulfilling than lose weight, exercise more, be more organized.  I want them to be specific.  I want them to have steps that I can take to reach them.

I want them to be something that will make me and my life better.

So whether you call those resolutions, goals, or intentions, make sure you choose something to direct your attention at.  It can really help motivate you to do new and better things.

Last year I chose a word to define my year.  I picked one word and tried to make my decisions and choices with that word in mind.  I chose passion and I think I did a fairly good job of putting passion into everything I did.  I’m going to do a fairly similar thing this year, but instead of one word I’m going to use one question to frame my goals.What's The Worst That Could Happen? | Life Healthfully Lived

What’s the worst that could happen?

This isn’t a nonchalant “Eh, what the heck, let’s give this a go” type of attitude.  I frequently don’t do things because I’m afraid of what might happen.  Mainly failure.  I hate to fail and that fear has held me back from trying or doing new things.

Not anymore.What's The Worst That Could Happen? | Life Healthfully Lived

I want to approach this year with the idea that even if I do fail at something it isn’t the end of the world.  At least I tried something new.  And there is a really good chance that I won’t fail, that I’ll excel at my new endeavor and find new strengths and happiness.

So with that in mind, what do I want to do this year?

  • Dive deeper into yoga (maybe even become certified)
  • Expand my writing (maybe even some non-fiction works)
  • Be stronger (physically and mentally)
  • Nurture face-to-face relationships (the internet is great but so is being with someone in persn)
  • Create new things (recipes, art, love…. anything)

There are plenty of things that I am ready to dive into and some of them scare me a little, but hey, what’s the worst that could happen?

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Ready for 2016?


What are you ready to try in 2016?

The Last 12 Months

It’s typical this time of year to look back and reflect on everything that happened over the last 12 months.  Often when you start to do this, it doesn’t feel like much has happened.  But once you get going you realize that you accomplished quite a few things.  And even if you didn’t have a crazy productive year, I doubt any of you just sat in a room for 12 months staring at a wall.

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Lot’s of sweaty runs down the Lake Shore Trail

You woke up every morning for 365 days.  That’s something.  You put on clothes (hopefully) and went about your routine for 365 days.  That’s something.  You fed yourself (mostly), moved around, were HUMAN for 365 days.  That is definitely something.

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Lot’s of sweaty runs down the Lake Shore Trail

I am a person who constantly downplays everything I do.  If it isn’t huge or momentous, then it doesn’t really matter.  I walk around telling myself that I am just an average person, nothing special, nothing horrible, just me.

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I bet I made him run.

I don’t know if it’s my deep need to please other people or my aversion to bragging, but I have a hard time seeing all the great things I have done over a period of a year.

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I kind of love this city


But not this year.

Remember way back at the beginning of the year when I chose a word to define 2015?  I chose passion.  While every single day of 2015 might not have been lived with passion, I did attack my goals with a new passion.  It was tough at first to put myself out there and try new things.  What if I failed?  I hate failing and often have the mindset of if I can’t do it perfectly, I’m not going to do it at all.  It took some work to get over that frame of mind, but towards the end of the year I started taking risks and doing new things because, why not?

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Look at me being a mermaid!


What’s the worst that could happen?

People could say no or not like it but it wasn’t going to kill me.  Clearly, I’m still here and I’m glad that I made the leaps of faith that I did because I have had some awesome opportunities this past year.  I have really expanded my writing, tried new things with my fitness, and worked even more on choosing to accept my body as it is in this moment.

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All fancy at Jodie’s wedding


And I did it all with a passion that I don’t think I’ve used before.  Nothing is going to be handed to me and instead of sitting around and whining or saying that I’m nothing special, I chose to get up and make new paths for myself.

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I make a good bed


I hope that as you look back on your 2015 you are able to see all of the amazing things that you accomplished.  Even if you didn’t scale a mountain, solve world hunger, or star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you still did things that changed your life and brought you to this moment.

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Apple Picking in October in like 60 degree weather.

I haven’t chosen a word for 2016 yet, but I will soon and I hope you’ll join me.  Enjoy the last few days of 2015 and get ready for another awesome 12 months!

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Happy New Year from us weirdos!