Do you find yourself wanting to be a healthier version of yourself? I am not just talking about weight loss or your fitness level, I am talking about your overall health. Do you keep saying right now is not the ideal time; I will start next week or next month or after the holidays? Well enough is enough. Next week is not going to be any easier, next month you will still have something holding you back and if you wait until the New Year you will regret not getting started earlier.
I get it, I am guilty of it too. I may be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a fitness coach, but I too have my struggles. I don’t want to miss out on tasty food and drinks with friends and family, who does? However, I do want to feel my best and sometimes that means making sacrifices. This may mean you should pass on that dessert, wake up early to get to the gym, or go to sleep earlier instead of binge watching your favorite television show. We all have our own version of healthy. Ultimately, I want to feel good a majority of the time, have energy to keep up with my kids, maintain a healthy weight for my body, have glowing skin, and be able to enjoy my daily activities. For you, healthy may look different; for one of my clients their version of healthy is to have enough energy to make it through the work day without hitting the 3 pm wall, making it to the gym after work, and managing chronic pain symptoms. For another client, healthy is losing body fat and managing an autoimmune condition while keeping an active social life. Whatever your optimal health looks like, you will not achieve that goal if you keep procrastinating. Achieving the healthiest version of you will take effort on your behalf. Our society has made it easy to be lazy and unhealthy. Which means it is easier to come up with excuses for why now is not an ideal time to work for your health.
The reason I bring this up is because I just completed week 1, and am a majority of the way through week 2, of the 21 Day Sugar Detox. I feel amazing, which was not the case for the entire week but I will recap the entire 21DSD another time. What has brought on this rant/post is that I was there, I kept finding excuses for why it was not the best time to take my health to where I wanted it to be and why I couldn’t do the detox. Well, I finally decided that I had to/needed to/wanted to do it and wanted to feel my best. I wanted to get to the root of some digestive problems and skin issues, I also wanted to lose a little body fat. It was time for me to stop making excuses. I may not be able to enjoy a drink at happy hour with my girlfriends but I can still enjoy time with them. Yes, date night might not include food from our favorite restaurant but it can still be enjoyable. For me, my goal is to complete the 21 Day Sugar Detox as the program is written. That is 21 Days of eating no added sugars, which I know will help me feel great. It is 21 Days, that’s it only three weeks. Your goal of a healthier you may take a little longer but in the big picture, three weeks, is not that long. Enough about me. Here is my advice to you:
It is important to establish what healthy means to you. Nobody else can tell you what “it” means for you. Once you have figured that out you will have to determine if, and how you want to get there. If the answer is yes, then stop coming up with excuses, because that is all they are, excuses. Write down your goals, come up with a plan to implement it and seek the help of a professional like myself, if needed. If your answer is no, then you are not ready to make this change. I am a firm believer that you must be ready to change if you want to see the change. If you are not ready to make this change you will not put in the necessary work. You will not make your health a priority, and you will come up with more excuses. Only you have the answer. Only you can do the work to be the heathiest you.
I will say the thought of changing my habits for 21 Days and cutting out sugar, obviously with the goal to make many of these changes stick, was worse than making the changes. I feel better than I have in a while. Yes, you will have to work to get to your goal, but once you are there you will find balance and feel better than you have in a long time. What does your healthiest you look like?
Jamey, NTP, CPT
I have an exciting announcement!
I have been working on a few do it yourself nutrition protocols and should be launching them in the next couple of months. One will be a Progressive Elimination Protocol (8 to 12 weeks) and the other a Ditch the Sugar Protocol (5 weeks). You will be able to purchase these programs to follow on your own. My goal is to be able to provide nutritional therapy to a larger group, which by offering these protocols more people will be able to take advantage of my services. Remember, I currently have openings for one-on-one clients and will be running an October 21 Day Sugar Detox Group. If you have questions about any of my services please let me know.