Last week I celebrated my 29th birthday. It is a little surreal realizing that this is my final year in my twenties but at the same time I am very excited. Adulting snuck up on me, seriously, just yesterday I was celebrating my 16th birthday.
I began my celebration with a trip to the beautiful island of Grenada to visit one, my close friends. It was breathtaking. I’ll share some pictures, but I must warn you, they won’t do it any justice.
With everything going on in my life in the recent months, I wanted to spend some time reflecting. Reflecting is my form of resetting and entering my next year of life with a plan (at least that’s what I tell myself).
I thought about the major transitions in my life and how they have shaped me into the woman I am today. By the way, I have an awesome giveaway for you so keep reading!
Perhaps the most obvious one is my health. Since transitioning to this journey in 2010, I’ve lost 20 – 25 pounds and kept them off for the past six years. It has not been easy, but it has been incredibly rewarding for me, and to those around me.
Today, I want to share three lessons I’ve learned since my transition to living healthier and happier. Over the past six years I’ve held on to these lessons every time I feel discouraged, and they have pulled me through.
You have to accept yourself, AS YOU ARE not as you hope to be
We all start somewhere. When I began this journey, I wasn’t happy with the woman I saw in the mirror. I had a long list of things I wanted to change, but it wasn’t until I learned to love myself that I truly began healing.
Falling in love with myself, made this transition easier. Once I learned to be comfortable in my skin, that, alone, empowered me to want to change the things I could control and not worry about the things I couldn’t.
I remember the first time I heard that line; I am sure I rolled my eyes at how cliché it sounded. However, once I internalized what that meant, I began seeing the results I wanted. I learned that unless I decided to change my lifestyle, I was not going to succeed.
I had to start saying no! No to happy hours, no to foods I loved my whole life, and no to people who did not support me. You have to give yourself permission to change and grow. Otherwise, your transition will seem unattainable. I encourage you to love yourself enough to be willing to change.
You have to change your lifestyle
I know change can be very scary. I often say that transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is like being born again (I am not kidding).
You have to learn to eat differently, cook differently, behave differently, and you must surround yourself with people with the same goal. You might be able to lie to others, but your body will always reveal the truth.
One of the biggest myths around healthy living is that you have to change overnight. Not only is that unrealistic, but it is also crazy talk. This process will take time.
Be patient with yourself, set small goals for every day, every week, every month and you will see how your mind, body, and spirit transforms for the better. One meal at the time, one day after the other.
Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle can feel a little overwhelming. There is no shortage of diets, products, and people who claim they can help you lose weight.
You might be asking yourself, “Where do I start?” I am glad you asked. The first thing you can do is begin reading!
Yes, ladies, reading is step one.
- Review every label for every item in your kitchen, if you do not know an ingredient google it. Find out what it is, what it does and if it banned anywhere in the world.
- Pay close attention to both salt and sugar because both can get in the way of living a healthier life. My rule of thumb, if you do not know at least one ingredient on your label, DO NOT BUY IT!
Meal preparation is your second most useful tool to transition to a healthier life. Earlier this year I wrote about why you should start meal prepping and then I released a free meal prep checklist to help you get started.
- Meal prep looks different for everyone. That is why you have to take your time to identify which meal prep technique best fits your lifestyle. You will be surprised at how a little preparation can drastically help improve your health and aid your transition.
To celebrate my birthday, I want to share this very special giveaway with you, your friends and family! With the help of my friends at Chelsea Collective, I’ve put together a “transition to a healthy living kit.”
I encourage you to enter or share it with a friend. The package includes:
- A journal
- A bottle of water (I use the same bottle is excellent),
- A workout towel and
- Coupons for one of my favorite protein powders!
I hope you find these lessons helpful and remember, everything worth having takes a lot of work and determination.
This contest is closed.
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