12 Jan 2012
I love the experience of being an Attune Foods brand ambassador for myriad reasons.
I’ve followed a gluten free diet for 17+ years so their gluten free cereals are a natural fit for me.
And, while my family isn’t gluten free (& without veering off into TMI-territory), digestive health and probiotic benefits are something we focus upon in our house. A lot. (Feel free to let me know if you’re interested in the TMI-blog. I’m sure that can be arranged).
In addition to being a fan of Attune products I appreciate the opportunity to write for the Attune blog. The topics we chat about here are vastly different from what I write about at my own site and it’s a different which stretches me as a writer.
When I received the email with this month’s prompt I opened it, sat with it, and was awed by its powerful simplicity. The prompt was merely two words. Two words which apply to many of us during this New Year’s resolution time and two words which completely define my life journey.
The words were real change.
Allow me to explain.
People frequently compliment my willpower. From friends in real life to blog readers I’m consistently on the receiving end of praise regarding my restraint. Most recently I was out to dinner with friends, placed my order (grilled salmon, shrimp cocktail, steamed veggies and salad) and the comments began. You have so much self-control! I wish I had your willpower! How do you do it!?
I possess no willpower. If it required willpower to live as I do (from food to fitness) that would be an indication I’m not happy with what I’m doing and bolstered by how it makes me feel. It wouldn’t be a real, permanent, sustainable change.
People frequently ask how I started a healthy lifestyle almost 2 decades years ago and haven’t slid back into old habits.
Initially I slid a great deal.
This was mainly because my “change” had been sparked by reasons which weren’t real or lasting (boys, looks, spring break) and the result was my shift was temporary.
Spring break over? Boy’s attention snagged? I swiftly returned to old habits and all the healthy lifestyle changes I’d made vanished.
This yo-yoing of habits happened repeatedly until being honest with myself was something I recommitted to each day.
I got real with myself and uncovered the real reason I was overweight and out of shape.
I spent the time, did the work and discovered real motivation (more than bikinis and skinny jeans) to locate my healthy living path and remain on it.
I added in and slowly shifted the bulk (yes that is a high fiber diet joke) of my eating to real foods and away from processed, never perishing junk.
All of these actions conspired to result in real and lasting change. A change which requires no willpower but merely the willingness to do what’s necessary to sustain the lifestyle change I love.
What are your goals for this New Year? What actions, big or small, will you take over the next 300+ days to effect real and permanent change?
CarlaCheck out my latest posts here