It’s the age-old question, err, debate – diet or lifestyle change? The word “diet” suggests all kinds of words and feelings. Words like “deprivation” and “hunger”. Feelings like sadness, frustration, self-loathing. Diet and lifestyle change, while being two very similar things, are very different.
Lifestyle change is softer, kinder, a gentler choice of words. In a nutshell, it suggests exactly what it says, a change of lifestyle.
We all know that change can be hard. I once worked for a company that encouraged employees to embrace the phrase, “We Love Change!” Truth be told, I was never really comfortable with that.
I do not love change. Over the years, I’ve come to accept that change is a necessary evil. OK, it’s not really evil, but it’s not something I’m cool with. I like things to stay the course, but I also try to be spontaneous…sometimes.
Hello, I am Eyore
I relate to Eyore, that lovable, purple donkey with the wayward tail in the Winnie the Pooh stories. I try to remember to look on the bright side but I always see the shadow of a shoe ready to drop.
Like Eyore, I have some amazing friends who share their lives with me. They lift me up, include me, and have made me part of their families. Even on a day when I don’t want to get out of bed, I know my friends are there for me.
What does this have to do with diet or lifestyle change or change of any kind?
Recognizing my Eyore-ness helps me keep it pushed back a bit and out of my direct line of vision. Every day I remind myself to be grateful for waking up and getting out of bed, and I try to keep a positive outlook.
When it comes to diet and exercise, I am a big ole emotional eater. Yup, that’s my picture in the dictionary next to “emotional eater”! I am always aware that I need to make a diet or lifestyle change.
When I’m Good…
…I’m very, very good. I have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sensible snacks. I eat my last meal before 8:00 pm. There’s organization and grocery shopping and positive thoughts. It’s amazing how good I feel when I’m very, very good!
When I’m Bad…
…I’m very, very bad. Often times there is one meal and several snacks in a day. I may eat dinner at 10:00 pm. There is no organization, grocery shopping, or positive thoughts. I certainly do not feel good, nor am I energized. Those are my Eyore days. They are days when my brain won’t turn off, everything overwhelms me, and nothing good can penetrate the Eyore perimeter.
The trick for me is to find something simple, stick to the routine, and try to keep Eyore at a distance.
30-Days to Healthy Living
I just started week three of the 30-Days to Healthy Living program. That means it’s…day 15. I’m halfway through. How is it going? Not horrible and not fantastic. I am glad that I chose to embark on this little challenge, err lifestyle change, and that Arbonne has products to support my effort without making my life more complicated.
I have discovered a few things:
- When I’m at work, I do really well!
- On my days off, I struggle.
- Good days consist of amazing breakfast and lunch and most of the time an amazing dinner.
- Sometimes I skip dinner because I’m not hungry.
- On the struggle days, there’s typically one meal, which may or may not be sensible.
- I’ve had a little alcohol. Not because I needed to, but because I wanted to. Three drinkies to be exact.
- The alcohol thing…I usually have that 3-4 drinks a week. I’ve said no thank you a lot, and my friends are totally cool about it.
- I drink a LOT of water!
Here’s the deal. I can beat myself senseless about “not sticking to the diet” or I can embrace that I’m making a lifestyle change and that change takes time.
Diet or Lifestyle Change – It Takes Time
The wonderful world of interwebs tells me it takes 21-30 days to break a habit. HOWEVER, it takes 66 days to make a new habit.
Let’s think about this, shall we? That leaves 44 days of limbo. 44 days of “oh crap I blew it” and 44 days of “I am kicking changes ass today!”, because I know there will be a combination of both.
Thus, I’m giving myself this 30 days to figure out who this change is going to work for me. I love the Arbonne Protein Shakes for breakfast, the Energy Fizz Sticks (pomegranate is my favorite,) and prebiotic Digestion Plus for my water and a big salad for lunch. I add some of the Daily Fiber Boost to my morning shake…but about half a scoop. My body has a love/hate relationship with a fiber boost! (Insert laughing emoji here.)
Dinner is my problem area. Sometimes I’m not hungry and just have a handful of nuts. Then there are the nights I’m starving…or my mind THINKS I’m starving. On those nights I eat way too much. There aren’t many Goldilocks “just right” moments. When I eat too much, Eyore shows up and gives me grief.
This is exactly what I needed. I expect to do another 30 days sometime soon. If you’d like to know more, shoot me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get in touch. There’s even a 1-week version now for the person who needs a little kick in the pants!
Diet or lifestyle change? For me, it’s a lifestyle change, and I’m taking it one day at a time.