The fitness fiends on Instagram make working out and dieting look so easy, don’t they? They assume someone has the motivation they have, or the diet they have. We all can’t spend three hours of our day in the gym because we aren’t all models or personal trainers. Not all of us can go around eating grilled chicken and rice for every meal, not when things like pizza exist.
I recently began to focus on myself and making healthy lifestyle changes. I upped my water intake to one gallon a day, mixed with fresh fruits to give it some natural vitamins and antioxidants, while boosting the flavor. I’m beginning to get back into the gym every day, or as much as I can with a busy schedule. I even made the painful decision to cut bread out from my diet. But it’s not all sunshine and daisies, like those fitness gurus make it seem.
Something that’s very difficult for me is actually working out. I’m a full-time college student and I work two jobs, so finding the time to exercise is hard to do. Working at Starbucks helps me get some steps in (for all you fit bit lovers) but I still have to find time for the gym. It’s going to be hard at first to want to make that time: you’ll be exhausted, unmotivated, and have lost the will to be healthy. Push through it. Once you start going, it will get easier.
The wisest advice I ever received was from the receptionist at my gym. “If you’re not happy with the way things are, change it 2% and see what the difference is.” That’s what I did. That’s what you can do. Drink more water. Men are supposed to have about 3.7 liters a day, while women are supposed to have 2.7 . It’s hard to drink so much water, but adding fruit (I personally love adding cucumbers and oranges) to your water makes a remarkable difference.
Change your attitude. Giving up is easy. Some days will be worse than others. It really is a marriage to this lifestyle choice. You have to be committed, dedicated, and okay with failure. Just today, I broke and ate pizza. I was disappointed and disgusted with myself for this, but I worked past it. It’s okay to break, to lose focus, or to want to quit.
I struggle with this, just like everyone else. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make this change and failed. This time is different: I have someone holding me accountable. Every week, my friend is recording my weight and percentage of body fat (they usually have a device that tells you at the gym) and she’s holding me accountable for working out and further toward my goals. Rough times are bound to occur, but this is a challenge just like everything else, but sticking with it is the real challenge.