Many of my friends in my personal life, and many of my blog readers have told me that what they most appreciate about me is my sense of honesty.
When someone tells me that, my heart swells. I try so very hard to portray my honest self, when especially in today’s look-at-me-on-Facebook-I’m-so-happy society, I often feel like many people aren’t true to themselves.
People, consciously or subconsciously, feel the need to inject an extra does of awesome into their lives when it’s on display for others to see or know about.
I get it. But I also get that it’s fake.
Variations of Facebook statuses such as – Just finished my first half marathon and my legs feel great! Next up: FULL MARATHON. TOMORROW! – are more common than not.
That’s an exaggeration, clearly, but I’m sure we can all relate to the complete and utter bullshit that our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram “friends” post on the internet every day.
Am I right?
I’m on this soapbox because I want people to know that making a healthy living change, whether it be food or fitness related, is not fun or easy. Especially in the beginning.
I’ve cut out dairy and many grains this week, and well – it’s been difficult. I don’t have an awesome time sipping almond milk at the bottom of the cereal bowl. It’s thick, it tastes different to what I’m used to, and I just want some Skim back in ma’ life.
And I’m eating things like spaghetti squash, rather than real spaghetti, for dinner. Not because it tastes better, but because I’m switching things up and trying to make a change.
So when people ask for my advice about losing weight and/or getting healthy, I’m honest. The first thing I tell them is that it will not be fun, it will not be easy, but succeeding at your goal is worth the initial dislike or discomfort.
Knowing that there will be a struggle makes the struggle manageable. So if you’re someone who is making a change, any change, know that it will get easier! Ride out the wave of unfamiliarity knowing that there’s a bigger and better payoff when you come out on the other side.
Let’s chat – What’s the most recent change that you’ve made in your life? (It doesn’t have to be food or fitness related!)