Happy New Year! My name is Paul Scrivens and I’m the unhealthier me guy. I want to be healthier and I want to share my results with you so I think I’ll be writing on this site. Don’t tell the guy who runs it though, we will keep this between us.
Today is the day you completely turn it all around. I’m right there with you. Today I begin my trek to getting a six pack, eating healthier, becoming more fit, and overall being happy with myself. I’m going to go hard from day one.
I’m sure you have the same mentality. You might’ve thought the exact same thing last new years as well and yet you didn’t quite make it. What happened? Sometimes we let the excitement of a new start get the better of us. The swell of emotion provides us with enough motivation to start making changes, but usually those changes don’t last.
Well I’m not here to speak for you, but I’ll explain why this usually ends in failure for me. Let’s say that I’ve decided I am going to run a 4-minute mile today. Assume I haven’t run for 5 years. Should I just jump out of bed, put my shoes on, and start sprinting? Of course not!
I need to guide myself into things. I need to stretch. I need to actual train my body to remember what it feels like to run a mile. I might not hit that 4-minute mile till December, but the first steps to getting there will begin today.
Because I’ve decided to eat healthy it would be silly for me to just try and cut out everything that is bad for me right off the bat. That would mean getting rid of:
And whatever else I am missing. Instead I am going to start with one thing at a time so let’s go with no candy. After a couple of days of no candy I’ll move on to no soda. Just knocking those two things out alone will almost knock my processed sugar consumption to zero. That’s huge!
Along the way I’ll start to work on healthier meals. That means I can’t eat pizza and hamburgers for every meal. Instead I’ll be experimenting with different healthy meals to see what I like and what will stick. Too often people vow to eat healthier and go straight to eating 14 salads a day until they get tired of salads and then plow themselves into a bowl of hamburger spaghetti tacos.
No let’s be sensible about all of this. I will ease myself into the healthier me for this year. I have my goals and I will get to them eventually, I just know it won’t be tomorrow.
It’s great to be motivated and want to improve, but also be a little bit realistic about what it will take to get there. Here is to 2015. Let’s start it out simple and finish it off strong!