I just went on a really short run to keep my little health and fitness venture heading in the right direction. I’ve learnt some really important things over the last month which I think could really help other blokes working to get their health and fitness back on track.
𝐀𝐥𝐜𝐨𝐡𝐨𝐥 has had more of an influence on many aspects of my life than I realised. I haven’t had a drop since the 13th of July (25 days) which is a huge achievement for me. It has been much easier to abstain than I ever imagined since the benefits have been so noticeable. I have experienced better sleep, improved mood and ability to control my emotions, clearer skin and weight loss (which was bizarrely preceded by weight gain). Perhaps the benefit that I didn’t expect is how easy it has been to change other bad habits. Without even realising it, having a beer was the catalyst for a chain reaction of poor diet choices and lack of motivation to exercise.
The other lesson is the importance of 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 changing habits. In turn this has allowed me to remain more consistent.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 is the key. I have had more health and fitness ‘restarts’ than Johnny Farnhem comebacks. This has been hard on my confidence and self-esteem because in the past I have aimed to completely overhaul my diet and exercise habits with only negative outcomes. I smash myself for a short period then end up right back where I started, only fatter. Whilst I did cut alcohol completely, I didn’t focus on changing any other habits. I didn’t start exercising or change the way I ate. In fact, today was the first time I have done any exercise since I stopped drinking 25 days ago.
This mentality has been a complete game changer for me after years of struggling with my weight and self-esteem. Although I haven’t dropped the 10kg’s I have set out to, I 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥 fantastic and have no interest in giving up or slowing down. It’s a whole new mindset for me and it is working.
Find the unhealthy habit that is causing you strife and kill it. Focus on doing so gradually and consistently. Be patient. You will feel the benefits like I have, guaranteed!
Have a crack, and good luck!