I Now Know I Must Make Serious Changes in My Life
Recently I went for a procedure which helps my doctor better understand what is going on inside my body. At the beginning of 2018 I started having issues with my gut and it concerned me greatly. The last thing I want or need at this point in my life is digestive issues complicating my already challenging health situation.
In May I had a colonoscopy performed and the results revealed I have polyps and inflammation and part of my diagnosis was Ulcerative Colitis. The polyps were removed and the areas tatooed so they could be monitored as time progressed. This most recent procedure revealed I do not have UC which is a great thing, but it did reveal 10 new polyps which is a startling development for a 6 month period, with one being quite large.
Regardless of the polyp results I have made the decision to get my health under absolute control. No more excuses. No more delays.
I started by researching the exact types of foods I must eat to be the healthiest I can be and the types of food I am eliminating once and for all. I have also began research on exercises I can do with MS and how to slowly build up to being strong and absolutely shred fat from my body.
I have made the decision that I am going to be the before-and-after photo I’ve seen online which means I am going to stick to a clean eating regimen void of sugars and junk food. It means I will be committing to the most disciplined lifestyle I’ve ever lived.
I believe change happens in 2 different ways which are both dependent on one another. First, one has a moment of realization to make definite change. Some will call this a moment of clarity or a “come to Jesus meeting”; I had this experience. It finally hit me that I eat too haphazardly. I take my body for granted. I take a lot of things for granted.
Following the moment of clarity the second part of change kicks in and that is the process of actual change. This is the nut and bolts, the how, what and when. This second part of the process is where most fail because it happens in inches, not miles. Every day you make decisions and those decisions either help you progress or they move you back. Sometimes making a more beneficial decision doesn’t “feel” like it is impacting your life. It is only after the accumulation of multiple beneficial decisions do we see the impact of our work. And because the impact is not immediate, most people make the mistake of letting up. They stop pushing forward.
I have had the moment of clarity and now I am developing my plan which began this past Wednesday. I have implemented a daily 20 minute workout, which will progress to 45 minutes by the end of December. I will be implementing a ton of green leafy veggies and some raw fruits, most raspberries and pears and replacing potatoes with sweet potatoes. I am eliminating salad dressings, bread, sugar, tea and potatoes along with processed foods and the like. I will also be mixing in some juicing using the NutriBullet.
My ultimate goal is to get to 10% body fat from my current percentage of 25. I’m not going to focus so much on weight, but on measurements and progressing through my exercise regimen.
I am calling my new endeavor Project Me.
Hope all is well!