I had someone recently ask me when I decided to start my fitness journey and what helped me decide to do it. The first answer is simple I decided in October, that I was just going to buckle down and become healthy. If we are being honest though, I was pretty sure it would only last a week, and then I’d be pretty much done. In the past I’ve never really made it longer than a couple of days, so why would this time be different? But it has been different and that brings me to my second answer. I have no idea what helped me decide to make a life change. Something just clicked and here I am 49 days later, just trying to be the healthiest me I can be. I will say I have tried so many programs and other things to lose weight and be healthy, however, none of them is what I really needed, because I just couldn’t commit to them. This time around I have been doing what works for me and listening to my body. I’ve been trying so hard not to use the words “good” or “bad” because I don’t want the feelings of shame or like I did something wrong, if I eat something that I hadn’t planned on eating or something that’s not clean. I also make sure that I walk at least 30 minutes every day for my lunch break, it’s usually more like 40-45 minutes, but I make myself do nothing short of 30. Then after I got walking down, I started to add a cardio work out 3-4 times a week. I’m hoping by February to start my beach body membership back up so I can do those work outs, which I love! Here are two important things I have learned so far on my journey. Number 1, find what works for you, make up your own “program” that fits you and you will be able to commit to. As long as you are feeling better as you go along, that’s what matters. Number 2, surround yourself with people who encourage you and motivate you! There will be days, where you will be frustrated and you won’t want to continue, this is where these people come in. They will cheer you on and pour encouragement into you and it will help believe me. The biggest take away is this, you will have days where you may stumble, days you don’t end up working out, days you choose the something sweet or the something healthy and that is perfectly okay. I will tell you the week of Thanksgiving I ate pancakes and breadsticks (I can hear all you carb and calorie counters gasping) and I still lost weight, because I didn’t get down on myself and I kept going. A lifestyle change doesn’t always mean you have to keep yourself from the sweets, carbs, or certain foods, it just means you need to eat them in moderation and be more aware of what you put in your body.