Millions of people including Type 2 diabetics, are fighting the same weight loss battle you are. We all crave a lean physique. We all want a healthy body. But before we can have these, it seems we must toil. More specifically, we must build the foundation for a healthy life. Nothing can be produced without effort. Also, it is not just the foundation that matters. It is also what you build on it. Your lifestyle and how you maintain it will define your health and well-being for years to come. Your habits will determine the direction everything takes …
- how you eat,
- what you eat, and
- even when you eat,
Physical activity is essential. And you can forget about smoking, or going beyond the occasional drink if you are to be in great shape.
It sounds straightforward in theory. In practice, things become a little more complicated. No matter what you are dealing with or trying to achieve, you are likely to get cooked up in the little things. Focusing on the minor details can waste your valuable time and make you lose sight of your ultimate goal. For instance, many people want to start running before they can walk. Literally.
When beginning an exercise program, going beyond your limits is a real risk. While you may be able to go for a jog tomorrow if you are unfit, it is going to be taxing if you are not used to the intensity or movements of the exercise. You would be very sore. If you follow the wrong advice of motivational gurus, they might push you to keep going when you bought to take a break. Overextending yourself is not in your best interest. It may cause you to quit before you even get seriously started.
Another example is worrying about things that are trivial in comparison to what is most important. Worrying about your calories is futile if the food you have at home is not the healthy kind. Worrying about your carbohydrates intake is needless before you make healthy cooking a habit. And so on.
You must first build a foundation. Then you can make improvements. Every building has a foundation. Be the architect of your building …
- dedicate to its structure.
- Ensure there are no flaws.
- correct your mistakes along the way, so your building never crumbles.
You can start by …
- gradually improving your diet.
- begin exercising but at a reasonable pace. There is nothing wrong with walking to start.
- cut out your vices. Decrease stress in your life, so everything else becomes easier.
Once the foundation is built, assuming you are motivated enough, everything else will fall into place.