I know it’s hard to get started. There’s so much to prepare. You have to prepare mentally and clear the calendar, so to speak. Then, you need to use up all provisions you already have in the pantry and refrigerator. You have to buy a bunch of new food. You have to put together new menus with healthy recipes. You have to plan on going through the sugar withdrawals. It’s all a lot to do. But you haven’t started yet. But it’s okay, because you’re already doing something most people don’t: you’re reading up and getting mentally strong to start.
It’s not a small thing. It means you care enough about your health that you’re reading, you’re investigating, and ultimately, you’re preparing to get going. That’s something!
Now, it’s time to set a timeline to get past the planning, complete the preparations, and to set your plan into motion. I’ve noticed that it’s difficult to start anything that differs from our norm. The lead up to every run I do is tougher than the run. When I jump into the 37 degree water on New Year’s Eve, it’s the lead-up to the jump that is worse than the actual plunge. It’s almost a relief to finally be engulfed in the frigid water as it’s a relief from the stress of anticipation.
Which brings me to my final point: stop sweating it. Stop planning it so much. Get into it and do it. Sure, you can’t just start without proper planning and preparation, but there’s a point at which you just have to jump and start. Sure, there will be mistakes; there always are. There will be recipes that don’t come out the way you wanted them to, or the way you expected them to come out. There will be days when you are hungrier than others as you learn what the new normal is as it relates to satiety and nutrition. But in time, you will learn, the mistakes and missteps will come fewer and farther in between, and before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you!