Before I start, I’m finding this post hard to write. The main reasons for this, are (1) I think it’s a really important post and (2) I know what I want to say, but, I’m just struggling a bit to say it right. Forgive me if it’s not too clear. You can always comment me 🙂
A New Attitude – When I started on my new journey to a ‘healthier’ lifestyle, I said something to my Active Sefton Referral Officer, Brenda Turnley, which she totally jumped on as being ‘right thinking’ and it was this.
I don’t want to focus on losing weight and being on a diet. I just want to do some exercise and get a little bit healthier.
For the first time in my roller coaster ride of weight gain/loss/gain, I seemed to hit upon something that could work. It wasn’t a diet programme, a particular health kick or quick fix, it was simply an attitude, a mental shift.
The basic thinking behind it, was quite simply this, I am fed up of focusing on my weight and being disappointed by diets. I am fed up of giving myself a hard time for not ‘losing’, or, heaven forbid ‘gaining’. I am fed up of failing.
Forget all that rubbish Paul, do a little bit of exercise and eat what you want!
Did you read that then? ‘Eat what you want’. No more beating myself up, my attitude was going to be different. If I was doing something, it was better than nothing and it was in fact a change. This new attitude was actually the first change.
Small Steps – This new attitude gave birth to a new understanding. Here it is.
If I make a small step, it’s better than no step. If I make a small change today, I am ‘healthier’ than I was yesterday – Fact!
Small steps, just small steps. It doesn’t matter how small it is, honestly, believe me. If you make a small step, a small change, you are lengthening your life and increasing your healthiness.
Okay Paul, you say, ‘[small steps] it doesn’t matter how small it is’, give me some examples?! Listen, I don’t care if you laugh at these examples, I honestly mean them.
1. Don’t put four pieces of toast in your toaster, put three.
2. Don’t have two sugars in your tea, have one and a half.
3. Buy yourself a smaller dinner plate and still stack it to the max.
1. Walk to the corner shop for your paper (or drive half way).
2. Don’t send the kids for your phone which you left upstairs.
3. Park your car at the far side of the car park.
1. Sign up to a GP referral programme (or ask someone to do it for you).
2. Go to the gym for 20/30 minutes once a week.
3. Go for a 10/15 minute walk.
Look, if you are obese like me. If you have a completely sedentary life like I used to have. If the idea of change means that all you can see ahead of you is hard work, pain and denying yourself tasty food. If you are thinking right now, ‘what’s the point’. Do one of the nine examples above today. Take your pick, but, before you do, decide that you are fed up of trying to lose weight on diets. Decide that all you want to do is be a little bit ‘healthier’ today than you were yesterday and make a small step in the right direction.
A Chain Reaction – If you do nothing else, just entertain the idea that it’s not too late to start. What I want to happen to you, is what happened to me, a chain reaction. Something that started so small, but, totally changed my thinking and my attitude.
Do I still struggle? Of course I do! Just read my blog, you’ll soon pick up that I struggle.
Have I completely turned my life around? Yes I have!! In three to four months, I have become a new man. Yes it’s a cliché, but, yes it’s true. Check my stats, look at my pictures and you’ll see it’s true. The best thing about it.
I didn’t believe it could be true, just like you now!
I hope this all made sense.