It is very easy to want to wait for the right moment. To wait for the right time. To wait till some hurdle or big thing going on is over and done. To wait till next week. To wait till tomorrow. To wait till you have some kind of perfect plan.
That is 100% bullshit.
When I decided to do this I dove in. After that call with my brother I scheduled a physical and an ordered a fitbit for in store pick up. One hour later I was pushing for my first 10k steps.
You can’t hesitate.
When I got back from holiday travels (I flew out the day after the fitbit) I was going to just get walking in every day but my brother got on the phone and said very clearly “you will go sign up for the gym right now” I didn’t want too. I was afraid of diving too deep. That seemed like too much commitment but that tiny voice from the fateful day spoke soft but clear from the back of my mind.
“This is not like before. You can do this. You will do this.”
I went to the nearby Planet Fitness and signed up. I didn’t think about pricing or deals – I just wanted to know that when I walked out the door I had a pass. This was New Years Eve.
On January 1st, 2019 I walked into the gym for the first time since…well lets just say the first time ever. I’ll go more into my exercise evolution later but the point is I just started going.
The next thing was food. I knew immediately that the first thing that had to go was all the ‘junk’ food – anything that was basically just for taste and had little to no nutritional value. There was a huge emotional component to letting those foods go but not one that was health related that would of caused me concern. Again I’ll dive into that that whole thing later. My brother sent me some picture of the meal prep he was doing. I decided to emulate it and bought the first meal prep containers I saw (at a grocery store). I am a terrible cook – well okay maybe I’m a little better now – and did not really know how to do much more then cook ground turkey and make some quinoa in the instant pot. So hell yeah that is what we were cooking. I figured out portions for six containers and bought some frozen veggies (again advice from my brother) and just mashed it in there.
I still remember heating my first prep meal up and thinking “this is the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten” The taste came from knowing I was doing the right thing and sticking to my pledge. A lot of questions were thrown at me about if it was okay to eat the same thing or how would you deal with eating the same thing every day. These were all valid but the point is that I didn’t give a f**k. I just knew I had to keep going and if those things became issues, I’d deal with them as they came (which I did and again I’ll dive into more later).
If you are looking to change your life like me then you need to be a little reckless. You need do to what a hero does naturally: act.