I had my diabetes prevention class on Thursday, and, during weigh-in, realized I’d gained four pounds. Part of that is PMS-related, but part of it is just that I have been in a rut of not working out and eating shit. I drank a lot of beer the weekend before which is a huge weakness for me. And my workouts have consisted of walking and weights here and there – but I haven’t been pushing myself. Couldn’t say I was surprised. Thursday night, Shelly from The Queen in Between posted on her Instagram that she lost weight and was able to fit into a skirt she couldn’t wear last year. I commended her and she replied back that she had been saying “tomorrow” for so long and finally decided to do something about it. That really hit me. So I woke up at 5:00 Friday morning and suffered through a 30-minute Tabata workout. But I did it. The time is now.
I am a terrible procrastinator at everything and know I am to blame for not being where I want to be in life. In weight. In career. But I have to find a way to force myself through that wall of fear. I remember wanting to start a blog in 2009-2010 and writing a couple of half-assed attempts. I lived by myself and had a lot of free time. But I was scared. Do you know how I spent all of that time? Watching tv and playing Farmville. I probably had the most tended crops on Facebook. But I played a ridiculous game instead of writing. Where would I be now if I had started then? Would I be receiving free vacations and taking pictures of myself drinking coffee in bed at 11:00 am on a Thursday? Maybe not. But you never know. And that’s the point.
Where would I be if I’d let my crops die on Facebook? Or if I’d have signed up for real estate classes a year ago? Or actually worked on starting a side business? Or writing a novel? Or kept up with my workout and healthy eating regimen? I’d be a lot damn further, and perhaps happier, than I am now.
Fear guides much of what we do. We become complacent. We stay in shitty relationships. We stay at shitty jobs. We keep eating garbage and sitting on our asses because we’re afraid to try. Afraid to take that first step. Put it off until tomorrow. There will always be another day, right? But think about this: where will you be a year from now if you start TODAY? If you start by taking a walk around the block. Cutting out soda. Applying for a new job. Signing up for an online class. Going back to school. Going to counseling. Starting a Facebook page for your blog. Writing a page of your novel. Getting a business plan. Getting an LLC. Googling how to start a podcast. Meal prepping. It doesn’t have to be a huge, life-altering change right away. Start small. Put one foot in front of the other. But do something. You can’t keep putting off happiness and living YOUR best life. Start today.
Is there anything you wish you’d started yesterday? How are you going to change that today?