My Goal Is To Be Absolutely Deliberate In All the Small Decisions

Danny

My Goal Is To Be Absolutely Deliberate In All the Small Decisions

As many of you know I have restructured the way I eat over the last few weeks and I have really been taking my eating seriously.  I know some people say they eat healthy, but in reality they are eating fast food, drinking sodas, eating sugar, etc.   Following my procedure a couple of weeks ago I made a decision to eliminate all of the junk.  No more sugar, ever.  No more sodas, ever.  No more fried foods, ever.

I got a NutriBullet and I’ve been eating a great variety of vegetables each day, along with a spattering of fresh fruits, nuts, non-animal proteins and I am enjoying this new lifestyle.  The great thing is the transition has not been difficult at all and I’ve only had a couple cravings in the last couple weeks.

The one area I am struggling with is the exercise and I’ve found that the MS is restricting me more than I thought.  To offset this I have decided to take it easy on the exercise by walking and focusing more on my eating.  If I can get 10 pounds of fat off my body then I hope the exercise becomes easier.  Currently I weigh 182 lbs and I will start working out again when I am under 175 lbs believing that the lighter weight will prove to be easier on my hips and legs.

Ultimately I do not have a weight goal, but I do have an image goal and I have a body fat percentage goal.  I want to get as close as I can to 10% body fat and I have an image of what I might look like when I hit that goal, which keeps me inspired each day to make better decisions.  I imagine 10% will put me in the 155-160 lb range, but I could care less about weight.

In the end this type of battle is won by paying attention to the smallest of decisions and being absolutely deliberate in those small decisions.  I see people wishing for change, but when it comes down to winning the war they aren’t willing to win every small battle.  I want to win every small battle understanding that the accumulative effect will be powerful over the long haul.

For me it is a big deal to “reward” myself with something fried.  It is a big deal to sneak that Snickers bar.  It’s a big deal to eat that Big Mac.  It is a big deal to drink that soda.  And being hyper-aware of what I am putting in my body will give me the greatest chance to live the healthiest life I can live.  All of these small decisions I make throughout the day aim me toward my goal or they aim me away from my goal and I must make choices which aim me at my goal.  I choose to make better decisions every time.

I am tired of settling and compromising and rationalizing my poor decisions.  I am tired of making excuses for my willingness to accept “less than” health.  It is my opinion that too many people are quick to rationalize poor decision-making and dismiss it as not being a big deal when in fact it’s a really big deal.  I don’t want to be that type of person any longer.

I’ll keep you guys updated as I progress.  Have a great Saturday!

Danny

24 thoughts on “My Goal Is To Be Absolutely Deliberate In All the Small Decisions

  1. Good Luck Danny… you got this. I am 3 weeks in to not smoking… for the millionth time in my life it feels like. I don’t know what kind of restrictions MS puts on your body, sorry I’m naive to it. Would you be able to do Yoga? When I don’t feel like working out, that’s my go to. Sure helps me focus on the clean eating, not smoking and keeping myself stress free. Just a thought.

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  2. Best wishes in your health journey! I’m making preparations for ours. We are going back to higher vegetable intake and low sugar soon, but with homeschooling 3 kids it takes some additional planning and prepping in order to avoid pitfalls.

    Make sure to get some animal fat because there are certain things our body needs that can only be found in animal fat. I did a vegetarian diet years ago and I struggled with heightened anxiety and depression. It wasn’t until I started consuming healthy fats that I was able to manage stress without falling to pieces.

    Merry Christmas, Danny!

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  3. I am now eating no dairy products. This because my compromised intestinal system showed me it was struggling to digest diary. I am now enjoying a dairy free diet and my system has settled well. I am also eating more vegan meals out of a concern for animals and also for the environment. I am not 100% vegan at this point but certainly more than I was. My husband is joining me in this quite happily. I wish you all the best Danny with your changes in diet and I hope it will yield good results. I think it will. 😊

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  4. I love this:

    “I am tired of settling and compromising and rationalizing my poor decisions. I am tired of making excuses for my willingness to accept “less than” health. It is my opinion that too many people are quick to rationalize poor decision-making and dismiss it as not being a big deal when in fact it’s a really big deal. I don’t want to be that type of person any longer.”

    I’ve used RA as an excuse. It’s so, so, so easy to rationalize not exercising or eating proper food due to fatigue, pain, etc.

    This sort of reflection is inspiring.

    Thank you *so much* for posting this.

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  5. I wish you the best of luck with this! Eating healthy and exercising can be so much harder than people think, but it’s also incredibly rewarding and you can really see the difference. Every year I’ve given up one food that I think is unhealthy, and even though it’s just one item like ‘chocolate’, it reminds me to think more about what I’m putting into my body, and subsequently encourages me not to eat lots of junk. I hope that you persist in your endeavours and that you love how it makes you feel – as that is the most important part! x

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  6. Reblogged this on Lyrical Fool and commented:
    This man nails it:

    “I am tired of settling and compromising and rationalizing my poor decisions. I am tired of accepting ‘less than’ health. It is my own opinion that too many people are quick to rationalize poor decision-making and dismiss it as not being a big deal when in fact it’s a really big deal. I don’t want to be that type of person any longer.”

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