You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Lets talk about health.

I have an average body with a few extra pounds; I am not overweight but I’m not healthy. I don’t shy away from physical activity but I don’t exactly push myself either. I have a passionate relationship with junk food and crave take-out like a crack addict craves a hit. Essentially, what I’m trying to say is: I’ve decided to make a lifestyle change.

Last Monday I was talking to my mother and I can’t exactly remember how the conversation came up, but I found out that there are a lot of bad things running in my family genetics; cancer, diabetes and lung disease, to name a few. I won’t say that it scared me, but it did put a few things into perspective for me. If I were to change and become a healthier person; thirty years from now, if I develop a dangerous disease, I would have much better chances of fighting it off than I would if I stayed the same as I am now.

Changing my eating habits was the hard part. I cut junk food (ie: candy, ice cream, chips, pop, desserts, etc) out of my system. I will admit it was like overcoming a drug addiction for a while there. I also stopped eating after 8pm. These are apparently two very good steps towards living healthier, so I was happy to be heading in the right direction.

The next step was digging my (slightly old) exercise bike out of the closet, cleaning it off, and setting it up in my living room. Once that was done, I managed fifteen minutes of cardio before I felt like my legs were going to fall off, and then did ten minutes of muscle-building. I survived my first work-out and did it all inside the comfort of my own home. I’m also going to say that I’ve only been at this for a week and I can now do thirty minutes of heavy cardio and twenty minutes of muscle-building. Improvements are important and they’re going to be super small at first, I know, but they’re so nice to see.

Food is important. I love food, so I made a list of healthy things that I like and some healthy things that I should try. I found out that I DO like caesar salad, despite hating it for years, and that hard-boiled eggs are actually quite good. My fridge is now full of fruits and some veggies, as well as some soy milk that I haven’t tried yet.

Working out is something that’s coming easier to me than I thought it would. I feel really good after a work out, despite my aching muscles; I suppose that’s the endorphins talking. It’s the ‘not eating junk food’ bit that’s pushing my self-control, however, every time I get a craving for something sweet I eat an apple or drink a glass of water. It seems to be working very well so far.

Winning the little battles feels good. Like, turning down the cookie a co-worker offered me despite the fact that I was staring at it with open lust, and pushing myself to pedal that bike as hard and fast as I can for the last five minutes of my cardio despite the ache and heavy breathing. I may just be starting to change my life style and it’s sometimes so very difficult, but those little accomplishments keep me going because they mean I’m improving. That little voice in my head that says I can’t do this, is a liar.

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5 thoughts on “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

  1. Wow! Congratulations!=)
    As for me, I try really hard to be ‘healthy’ despite my demanding work. I am really depending on fast food because I have no time to cook! But then, to ‘cancel the effects’ of bad food, I stuff many fruits and veggies in between meals. And my favorite, kimchi.=)

    Keep it up!

  2. This is a great post and something I want to try and emulate. The other day after work I forgot my sync cables in the computer I was using. So before I got too far away from the office I ran back (a few hundred meters or so) and was out of breath.

    The nurse in the office said to me, “You shouldn’t be out of breath. You’re still young.”

    To which I replied, “I guess I’m out of shape then.”

    It’s a bit of an eye opener to see how out of shape I’ve become. Kudos to you for making a great change!

  3. There is nothing better than actually making the change happen! I know many people who have such a hard time in changing their eating habits, and it must come from inside you. You can’t just say I’ll stop eating and only eat salad all the time… We all have tried all kinds of food and have created such a passion for it, but you just need to control what you have in front of you – a plate with beans, rice, chicken/beef and broccoli is more nutritious than just a simple salad with tomatoes. However, you must keep yourself active as much as you can, which will burn everything left that your body did not consume. So congrats on your change! Make the most out of it! 🙂

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