Diary of a Fit Woman: Breaking the Habit

I’m not a personal trainer. I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not an expert on fitness or healthy living. Which probably makes me a lot like you: someone who was trying to make sense of fitness and healthy eating on their own.

Between college and my early twenties, I put on a considerable amount of weight and after hearing about it from friends and family and of course noticing it myself, I knew I had to do something.

One day I woke up and was over buying bigger clothes, feeling sluggish, and getting told to lose weight. I had gotten to the point where I was done with being physically tired, done with being self-conscious and done with wanting something and not having it.

I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to feel good about myself. And until that point, I had done absolutely nothing about it.

Why is it so hard to get started?

The answer is simple: leading an unhealthy lifestyle is a habit! But what many don’t realize is not only do you have to break this habit, you have to create a new one at the same time, a healthy lifestyle.

It’s not like quitting smoking, where you just stop lighting cigarettes and you’re done. If you stop eating fast food, that’s great, but you still gotta eat so what do you replace it with?

This is where I would fall short. Not really having the knowledge to know what to do to get healthy. Or not doing enough to see results. This is the very spot where a lot of people get stuck.

So what do we do? We Google. We try to find out exactly what needs to be done to get to our goal of having our high school figure again. Sadly, there’s so much information out there, so many gimmicks, and fad diets, promises of major weight loss and we get overwhelmed.

It’s the beginning of 2016 and you’ve set the goal to lose weight and get healthy this year. You may be struggling right now with staying committed to the endeavor.

It took me about 3 years of trying, failing, starting and stopping before I reached my goal weight. Having a healthy lifestyle is a journey. I know this for sure, because in 2015, I put on some weight again. Yes I’m frustrated about it, but things happen. I’m not stressed or overwhelmed about reaching my goal weight by my 30th birthday this year because this time around, I know what I’m up against. I have to break this bad habit and re-implement my healthy one again.

If you’re feeling discouraged right now, please understand you’re doing double duty: fighting an old way and creating a new one. Only a few weeks have passed on your journey, and not everyone is great at multitasking. You are doing just fine. In the beginning, keeping your focus on your two tasks and taking it day by day is what leads to long term success.

Stay encouraged, committed and relentless in your quest to a better you.

Reneé DuBose is a Chicago media professional who was bitten by the health and fitness bug a few years ago. On her journey to get and stay fit, she started a health and wellness blog to share her tips with friends, family and anyone needing help. Visit The Fit Print and keep up with her on Instagram @theFitPrint.