I am going to wake up at 5:00 am, go to the gym, eat a healthy breakfast of lemon water and oatmeal, shower, and transform myself into a happy, productive, dream-fulfilling adult….but then my alarm went off and in that moment my mind and body refused to do anything other than change the alarm time to allow for another couple hours of sleep. Ugh!
Does anyone else have this battle with themselves almost every day? I have struggled for years with a lot of classic, no follow-through tendencies when it comes to my good intentions. If I do manage to start with a routine of healthier habits, my commitment level quickly burns out within a few weeks and I am back to where I started. I have a very all-in or all-out attitude when it comes to self-improvement. If I’m not doing it to the high standards that I have set for myself, then I am not doing it at all. If I slip up and have a cookie after my salad at lunch, then fast food it is for dinner. Sounds like a very self-sabotaging personality, right?!
Hello! I’m Kelsey. Welcome to my first ever blog post. In all seriousness, I really do want to become that happy, productive, dream-fulfilling adult I envision in my head. But how do I do it? The “just do it” method seems most appropriate, but a little lacking on days when my stubborn rebelliousness wants to come out and play. I’ve been stuck in this comfort zone of telling myself I will start my “new life” on Sunday (I couldn’t possibly start in the middle of the week) or “I’ve already messed up today, I’ll start tomorrow.”
I keep putting it off and saying tomorrow or next week to the point that I am almost thirty with no dreams really accomplished. Don’t get me wrong, I have definitely accomplished things in my life so far, but nothing that I am REALLY passionate about. I feel liked I have just been ill-contentedly going through the motions of life in a fog without stopping to focus on what it is I want to be doing or which direction I want the road to take me.
You know what they say about good intentions… the road to hell is paved with them. That may be a little strong, however; the constant cycle of excitement about (poorly) planning ways to improve my life then to the guilt and depression about not achieving or maintaining any of the things I said I was going to do, is a pretty tiresome and depressing way to live.
So, I think the answer is making small, sustainable changes daily and constantly reminding myself of what it is I want. Implementing different strategies and tactics to slowly become who I want to be. Trial-and-error, finding which tactics motivate me and help me stick to my goals and which ones don’t. Remembering that I might/will have some setbacks, and that is okay, but to keep on trying to turn good intentions into actions
This is where I will start. I have created this blog to help me find/help keep me accountable whilst I attempt to build a solid foundation of healthy habits. If it sounds like you are at a similar stop in your life to me, I hope we can be each other’s cheerleaders and support group. We all deserve to love the life we lead, and it is about time that we (I, at least) start acting like my life is fully worth living.
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