I go to the grocery store a few times a week. On every visit, I walk through the produce section, fully intending to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables. I know I should eat more fruits and veggies. Most of us are in that boat. But when I get there to the produce area, I see all the different things and start wondering what I’m going to do with them.
There’s broccoli, bok choi, tomatoes, apples, bananas, kale, spinach, berries, and so many great foods, I always get a little overwhelmed. I start wondering which ways I should cook the veggies, what I’ll eat with them, and what day I’m going to eat them because after a while, they’ll go bad.
I begin to create excuses to not buy my fruits and vegetables. I’ve caught myself doing this with exercise too. And I know other people have done it because I recently saw it on a commercial (either Gatorade or Nike). I’ll get all dressed up to go for a run, putting on my running shoes and shorts, then get outside and feel a droplet of rain hit my skin.
“Well, I guess I can’t run today. That’s too bad. But I tried.”
At least that’s what we tell ourselves. And another day of no veggies or no exercise goes by the wayside.
Here’s the deal. Life is hard. We all know it. We’re all living it.
I recently asked my reading community (which you may be a part of) if anyone was struggling with anxiety. I asked because I had to fight through it fairly recently and have had lots of people ask me for help regarding that topic. The response was overwhelming.
Too many of us are struggling with anxiety, depression, or just not feeling as happy as we’d like to. So, I wrote this post as a way for you or someone you know to hack into a little better state of mind. Your time is valuable so I’ll quit rambling and get right to it.
Stop. Making. Excuses.
Make a commitment right now, today, at some point before the sun sets on the day you read this, to do something you know is good for you for the next seven days. Write it down on a piece of paper and stick it to your fridge. Put it on your phone in a note app or something. Whatever it is you know is good for you to do and you think you need to change in your life, commit to doing it for seven days.
Next step? Write down the plan for each day.
If you put good food in your body, you’re going to feel better. Not just physiologically, but mentally too. You naturally feel guilty about eating those burgers and fries. Guilt leads to sadness, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and general negativity. All that leads to more negative behaviors like not exercising and feeling tired.
Forget that. Write down what you are going to eat for each meal for a week. Can’t do a 21 meal plan? Fine. Do seven healthy meals. You can do that, can’t you? How would you feel about yourself if you could commit to eating one of three healthy meals each day for a week? How would you feel about doing it 14 times? Work your way up to the 21 if you need to.
Same goes for exercise. If you feel like you need to work out more, commit to doing some exercise. Obviously, you may need to check with your doctor if you’re not able to do certain kinds of exercise. And if you can’t do much, work on the diet thing first. We all gotta eat, right? For those who can exercise, write down what things you’re going to do this week and commit to them. Don’t let anything get in your way (unless there’s lightning or something unsafe).
Want to run for twenty minutes a day for seven days? Write it down and commit to it.
Maybe you want to do both, eat better and exercise. Awesome. But don’t overcommit. The key to big life changes are little adjustments.
When it’s all said and done, our lives really come down to that last statement. The big successes, changes, and victories in our reality come from little moments and what we do with them.
Try these things out for a week. You can do it. I believe in you.
Post in the comments the little change you’re going to make for the next week. I’ll start if that will help. For the next seven days, two of my three daily meals will be vegan. If I just eat oatmeal for breakfast every day, I’m halfway to my goal. So tell me, what are you going to do to feel better?