I didn’t really know how to start this article, or what layout I should use to get my words across in a way that actually works. Regulars to this site will already know that I DID NOT live a healthy life through my youth, and unfortunately I took that on into my early thirties
It’s only then, that I found my motivation to a healthy lifestyle – I wanted to change for vain reasons to begin with, but all the reasoning took me to the same destination. I was a young father and I needed to change certain habits, and live a much healthier lifestyle.
So this article will be written in a much more laid back fashion than normal – kinda like I’m having a conversation with you in a pub, or a bar, over a few drinks (okay, okay – not exactly healthy I know…but we all need a drink now and again!). 🙂
I’ll be covering the angles I paid most attention to when I was desperately trying to lose weight and get back to a healthier style of life. These may work for some, yet not for others. Overall I’m hoping people can pick and choose what they want out of the article, and use what is useful to them.
Change to a Healthy Lifestyle – Why?
So why did I initially want to change to a healthy lifestyle? What were the factors behind me finally waking up and facing the naked truth?
During my youth I was a pretty lucky guy. I come from a ‘tall’ and ‘slim’ family and I never really had to worry about girls etc – I was pretty popular.
This lucky lifestyle went on into my twenties, and eventually into my early thirties…then I noticed a slight change in the waistline of nearly every pair of jeans I had…something had changed.
Well it certainly had changed. All of a sudden the nights out drowning in tanks of beer and the shitty food I loved so much…had caught up with me. Even my face was starting to show signs of weight here and there.
At first I decided to ignore it all, but I was single (yet again) at the time.
Without warning – the boyish good looks were deserting me and I found it more and more difficult to ‘pull’ girls.
There was no sweeping this under the carpet – I had changed for the worse and it was 100% down to the unhealthy lifestyle I had led since the age of 13. There was nobody to blame but myself.
Simply put – if I didn’t want to ‘expand’ any further I need to wise the f##k up!
So it was all down to vanity at the end of the day, but that doesn’t matter – whatever wakes you up to a healthy lifestyle is fine…as long as it does manage to wake you up!
The Path to a Healthy Lifestyle is HARD Work!
So how did I first go about this big change – what were the first ‘baby steps’ I took towards changing my life for the better, and getting healthier?
Well to me, it was pretty obvious that the first element I had to tackle was my diet – that should be first for 99.9% of you looking to take on a healthier route in life.
My diet was, and had been, shit.
There’s no way I can beat around the bush here – it had been atrociously shit for a couple of decades, and it had contributed largely to my change in appearance.
So I needed to eat in line with what I like(d) to call a ‘boring diet’. I actually managed to do this with little fuss, and I 100% believe that a large majority of you reading this will experience the same ease of changing diet (if you put your mind to it).
But this was just the start, I had a ‘beer belly’ which had started to spread to other areas of my body…I needed to get rid of this asap.
So now comes the hard part…
I knew I had to take on some form of exercise but I hadn’t really exercised in years – a youth of alcohol, bad food and social drug taking will do that to you!
Anyway, I’m a musician by trade, so I figured that I needed to workout to music. Only one problem though – I couldn’t afford a gym membership.
So I opted to go running every morning, and listen to music on my Mp3 player – it worked…but man was it HARD, HARD WORK!
I ached liked I’d never ached before for the first month…and I had to get up and run on aching limbs the following day(s). It was a complete nightmare to begin with, but the music helped me through (and still does to this day).
I felt at this point in the article, it is important to point out that this was not a smooth ride for me. When we first decide to change our lifestyle for the better we are ALL going to lack what is referred to as metal toughness.
At times I had to force myself out of the door to go for a run in the mornings. It didn’t even matter if it was blowing a gale, pissing down with rain or even snowing – I’d drag my sorry ass through the door…into the car…and drive to my special rural running route.
Ignore what 99.9% of these so-called fitness gurus say – we ARE NOT born with mental toughness when it comes to taking on ANY form of lifestyle change. You have to develop this kind of toughness, and it doesn’t necessarily come easily (to most).
I’m not going to sit here and bang on about how I started to run, then my whole world fell into place, and it’s been sweetness and light ever since!
When I first started out with this it was not easy…and I nearly gave it all in after three weeks of exhaustion and aching limbs.
Motivation to a Healthy Lifestyle
The main point behind this article was to let everyone that’s new to this, know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel…and most of us fall at the first hurdle.
I’m NOT a professional motivator…and I’m not even that much of a positive personality.
I just managed to change my lifestyle by persisting with what I started with, regardless of how shitty I felt at the time.
At the end of the day we all design our own motivation…when we hit that initial brick wall and realise things are going to get VERY tough.
Please don’t waste your time listening to these idiots on YouTube, or any other social platform, that preach how easy it is once you’ve got your mind on it etc…
This doesn’t happen in the real world of health and fitness.
If it was easy EVERYONE would be doing it and the planet wouldn’t have a problem with obesity and the diseases linked to it.
If you have recently started out on a healthier lifestyle we would love to hear from you – please leave your story in the comment section below!