I can't believe it. Tomorrow will be exactly a year since I opened up my HealthUnlocked account. Exactly a year since I made that decision to change...for real. I remember the first time I went for a run. I felt horrible! I could hardly run a km. Everything was hanging out. I have failed so many times int he past that I told myself that I had to stick to the running for 3 months at least before I would fork out on the gym. I had no faith in myself. Experience has taught me not to trust myself and my little resolutions. (I managed to prove myself wrong and go to the gym regularly now...thank goodness!) When I set out on this healthier way of life, my main goal was to break the evil, mad, horrible cycle I was in. I would binge and then go on some diet craze and then lose a few pounds and then do it all over again. Food made me so unhappy and it took up so much of my time. My outlook on these things have changed and I am free. Everything started when I completed the 12 week healthy eating plan. I lost 10 kg. I managed to keep it off since and I am miles fitter and stronger now. But for me it was more than just 12 weeks. It was the first day of my journey to change for good. When you are on a journey, you can't fail...you can only learn from your experiences and mistakes. That really kickstarted the good habits. But after that , I continued to implement all the principles that they talk about on the NHS website and I continued to exercise. I felt like it took much longer than 12 weeks for me to get over my issues with sugar. And in my experience I would say that sugar really is addictive. Even now, if I eat too much sugar its like something gets switched on in my brain and I just want more. But if I am sensible with what I eat and limit my treats I don't care too much about eating sugary stuff and I am able to manage my cravings.
To all of you who have started out on this journey, I wish you all the best. It worked for me...and it worked because I did not see it as just 12 weeks of healthy living but as the beginning of a new way of life. I think different things work for different people but as long as you keep on remembering that whatever you do to lose weight has to be a change that you can implement for the rest of your life, you will be successful.
This journey is not easy, its not always fun and you will make mistakes along the way...and that is okay...that's life. Don't give up. Old habits die hard. But the longer you do it, the easier you will become at it until one day you realise that your new nature has now become second nature. Good luck and never, ever give up.