Want to know something awesome about healthy living? The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Itâ€™s kind of a positive feedback cycle. You decide you want to be healthier, so you begin to make a few small changes, and you feel awesome due to those changes, which makes it easier to stick with it.
I must say that â€“ for me â€“ positive feedback only occurs when I make changes SLOWLY. I canâ€™t make sweeping changes overnight; I need to identify one or two small things that I can tweak at a time or I crumble under the pressure and revert back to my old, not-as-healthy habits (obviously, Iâ€™m not talking about â€˜dietingâ€™ or extreme exerciseâ€¦ Iâ€™m just talking about maintainable, healthy habits).
Around New Yearâ€™s, I decided that I really needed to tweak several aspects of my life:
- More sleep
- Regular hydration + electrolyte replenishment (I cannot even tell you how much coconut water has improved my life)
- More thoughtful exercise (i.e., I need to stop doing â€˜junk runsâ€™ and do speedwork or long runs with a purpose) and strength training
- More fruits and veggies
So far, the little changes that Iâ€™ve made over the past two months are really starting to add up! I feel better than ever â€“ Iâ€™ve been sleeping well, donâ€™t feel as stressed out, my mileage has been increasing, and my pace has been decreasing. Wahoo! None of these changes happened overnight, but itâ€™s cool to look back and see that my small efforts are really making a difference in my overall well-being.
Thatâ€™s one of the reasons that Iâ€™m so excited about the Boot Camp experiment that I started on Sunday. I think Iâ€™ve found a strength training routine that I can stick with and have fun doing. Plus, my arms, abs, and shoulders were so sore today â€“ it hurts so good! Sore muscles is definitely a strange type of positive feedback for me! 🙂
I took the plunge and shot â€˜beforeâ€™ pictures, too. I donâ€™t like weighing myself (scales donâ€™t tell you the whole storyâ€¦ just how much you weigh!), so I think photos and measurements will be a fun way to comparison my progress at the Month 1 and Month 2 mark.
Hello, Iâ€™m a goofy weirdo. Wanna be my friend? ;) For what itâ€™s worth, I did cheesy grins in my before shots because Iâ€™m happy in the before AND the after.
A whole wheat waffle with grilled pear, coconut, and globs of maple syrup. Mmm.
And lunch was a fun rice bowl.
I stir-fried broccoli and then added an egg and cooked wild rice. I let everything cook together for five minutes, plated, and added refried black beans and hot sauce. It was delicious, actually!
And an apple:
Have you been experiencing any positive feedback in your healthy journey thatâ€™s motivating you to stick with it?