It has been a while since I have posted. I am going to try and do better I promise. I originally started my “healthy lifestyle” in July 2009. The reason I put healthy lifestyle in quotes is because the not so supportive group of people in my life would always put air quotes around it when discussing my new healthy habits. In any event, that is a story for another post.
I began my initial journey when I was knocking on 200 pounds’ door. I made the decision to make a change. I started small by just cutting out soda. Once I had that down, I started researching healthy eating. I switched from white bread to whole grain, starting cooking more, and found a workout video that I actually enjoyed. On my own, without the aid of the latest fad diet, I managed to lose 40 pounds by January 2011. I maintained my weight loss for about eight months before I allowed the stress of work, school and family to take over. My weight has slowly crept up this past year. Now, it is time for a lasting lifestyle change.
I discovered 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal inadvertently through one of my favorite bloggers, Corinne Dobbas, MS RD, who posted a review about another interesting book – Coach Yourself Thin. Amazon was nice enough to suggest 52 Small Changes when I added Coach Yourself Thin to my shopping cart.
To get to the actual point of this post, 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You gives you the tools you need to make one small change a week over a year’s time. I know from experience that this strategy works. No need for one huge drastic change. History shows us that extreme changes are short-lived. We must resist that need for instant gratification. We didn’t get here overnight. The trip back is just as long. Conquering each small change will feed our need for success, for reassurance. The sum of these tiny steps will equal a happier, healthier person. As I read the book and implement these changes, I will chronicle my journey on this site. My hope is to inspire people to join me on this journey, to encourage each other along the way, and most of all, to make a lasting change.
Here we go!