Be Ready to Become a Different Person
It was never something I had thought about, and I don’t mean that I totally became a different person.
However, there are so many things I do differently that if I look back at the person I am now, and the person I was then, I’m very different.
What do I mean by that, well let me give you a few examples:
If I were to go to a restaurant, I always used to ask for the dessert menu before even looking at the starters and mains.
I never really asked myself if I would be hungry or not for 2-3 courses. If there was a dessert that I fancied, it would be in my head from the first moment.
And no matter if I was full after the mains, I would then automatically order the dessert.
Depending on what type of restaurant I was in, my meals were mostly accompanied by chips.
If out, I would have a glass or more of wine. After all, I wasn’t out every day (only nearly every day!).
My fridge would always be empty. What’s the point of throwing things away, as I was traveling a lot. Just eat, or any other take away was the perfect way to get food when at home.
When I was at the golf club, people knew I would order lots of food, as I didn’t have anything to eat at home.
Then obviously sweets was a big part of my life. Filling the gaps between meals, replacing meals, or just keeping me busy and giving me energy.
Exercise was very irregular and when I could be bothered or had the energy.
All those are just examples of what I used to do.
The changes I have made are massive.
Am I where I want to be? No not yet, but am definitely on my way.
However, because those changes are massive, I can say I am not the person I used to be.
It was definitely scary at the time, and to be honest, knowing where I want to be in the future, is scary as well. As it again will require me to change.
Now I know that each time I tried to lose weight, I hadn’t realised I was going to change. And change is scary.
Becoming a different person is scary.
Not feeling bad or guilty for saying no.
Making sure I have enough food with me so I won’t have to resort to go and buy stuff. Which requires planning and preparation.
Making sure I am psyched up before going out with friends so that I feel confident and comfortable to make better choices.
Slot some shopping and cooking time in the diary so as to always have ready home made food to eat.
Putting exercise in the diary and try as much as possible to stick to it.
And so much more.
When my friends see me now, they do see a different person. Initially it felt weird. They were used to me just splashing out on food and drinks.
It doesn’t mean I have less fun! It just means that I act differently.
Of course, when I go on holidays, or am back visiting my parents, I allow myself a bit of slack. If I really fancy that extra glass of wine, I will.
And who can say no to an amazing waffle in Belgium?
But to be honest, when I do allow myself some slack, I now feel bloated, I feel the energy drops, and because many things that I do like contain dairy, I also develop a rash on my face and my digestive system is impaired.
So although it’s “fun” the consequences aren’t so much fun.
And as I said before, I’m not yet where I want to be. But the person I want to be is still a little scary.
Bit by bit I’m getting there, but it’s easy to revert to my comfort zone (even if the current comfort zone is not the comfort zone I used to have years ago).
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