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Change is HARD!

Posted February 13th, 2020 @ 11:02am by: Jessica Olson

Change is hard. We develop routines, schedules, and habits that form an intricate weave that is our life.

But sometimes they can be less of a delicate weave and become more of a chain that binds us. We may start to realize that we are no longer using them as a means of supporting and fueling our lives but that they are actually ruling them instead.

A week ago, I decided to do a 12-day cleanse from all processed carbs.yes in December.what was I thinking!?!?! I knew I needed a change. That glass of wine after a stressful day or work, and that piece of Halloween candy out of the pantry had become my much so that this routine was something I was starting to rely on. I'm not saying I don't want to allow myself a glass of wine or a delicious Christmas cookie during this season, but I don't want to NEED it.

As I embarked on this change, I knew it would be difficult. The problem we encounter as we make these changes is that the negative things take effect immediately, the headache, irritability, breakouts, weight gain even. The thing I had to remind myself of is that these are the symptoms of the life choices I was making previously, not the ones I was incorporating. Fast forward to today, I'm on day 8 and I have more energy, my skin is clearing up, and I'm not even thinking about that glass of wine at the end of the day! Now I know this is a short example, I've only been doing this for 8 days and the plan is for 12 lol, but even this short amount of time has kick started that drive to continue on and defeated that NEED feeling I had leading into this!

What I want everyone to get out of this today is that change is hard, habits are addicting, and we can start to feel like any change healthy or otherwise would be agonizing, but another thing that is agonizing is being in pain, mentally and physically. Whether it's because you don't have the energy to play with your kids, or your outlook on life is constantly negative. We all know the saying, choose your hard, well we have to choose whether we want to incorporate healthier habits, and routines into our daily lives, or let the ones we have now continue to bind us to them.

I encourage you to incorporate a few healthier decisions each day. Even though this time of year can be difficult, reward yourself for the fact that you are making healthier choices amidst so many options towards the latter.

The best way to stay on track with any goal, is to plan. For example, this past week I knew I was in a ten-hour work meeting one day, and shopping the next, knowing this I made snacks readily available to grab and have on the go. I also made sure there was a plan in place for dinner each night, knowing I would be exhausted by the end of the day I wanted something I could be pop in the microwave and boom, I'm eating.

I won't say I have been perfect thus far; I did have a glass or wine with lunch on my mom's birthday. The old me would have noted this as a failed attempt. Just decided to give it up, and start again in January when life slows down. However; I am not looking for a diet resulting in a number on the scale, I'm looking for lifestyle changes. Ones that bring me peace, joy, happiness, and help me to live in the spirit rather than in the flesh.

There will be slip ups and there will be cheats, but instead of punishing yourself for them, realize that, Change Is Hard! You're doing great, keep focusing on the journey!

My go to Snacks:

Mixed raw veggies (mine were carrots, cucumbers, and baby tomatoes)

Hard boiled eggs (I sprinkle them with a dash of sea salt and curry)

Mixed raw nuts

Mixed frozen berries on top of dairy free coconut milk yogurt

These things got me through last week like a charm!

As for brands, I'm at Target & Costco shopper so it's a safe assumption mine will be Good & Gather, or Kirkland! ?

Comment below with ways that can help you incorporate change into your life, and develop healthier habits?!

In Good Health,

The Fit Fix!