The past few months, I’ve gained some winter weight, and I haven’t felt great about it. I haven’t liked what I’ve seen when I look in the mirror and struggling in the morning.
Along with that, I haven’t been quite as roll-with-the-punches as I usually am.
I started reading A Mind of Your Own a few months ago. While I’m not yet looking to go off Wellbutrin, I certainly want to take as many measures as possible to help my mental health outside of meds. Though I don’t know if I agree with everything in the book (and I’m not done yet), the diet stuff really made me think, and remember how happy I was when I started eating healthy years ago. How happy I was when I did Whole 30 a few months ago. How much happier I am when there’s less wine and crap in my life. How I don’t bounce back as quickly from overindulging in my 30s as I did in my 20s.
I really do believe that we attract what we focus on — for good or bad — so I’m trying instead to focus on the good reasons of why I want to lose weight and get back into my healthier habits. Not because someone I follow on social media has “perfect” arms or legs or can run a 3-hour marathon. Because I want to feel good for me.
And you know what? My workout routine has been ON POINT this week. Because I’m doing all these classes/activities because I want to, not (just) because I want to look better in a bikini this summer. Eating healthier/wining less has been easier because I just genuinely want to feel better. I don’t want to rely on lots of caffeine to keep me awake during the day followed by wine to fall asleep, rinse, repeat.
Because I deserve it.
What about you? What are the positive reasons that encourage you to make changes?