Do you remember when the corpse flower made headlines back in 2013? Those in charge at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington expected it to bloom at a certain time, but when it remained stubbornly closed they tried every trick they could think of to help it along. This just goes to show that late bloomers will bloom in their own time.
This gives hope to those of us who start things later in life, whether it’s pursuing a dream or changing your lifestyle. When we finally do bloom, however, it will be a spectacular display.
Maybe you’ve tried losing weight, joining a bootcamp or program that promised results as long as you followed their plan. While this may work for some people, the majority of those who participate gain it back. It’s not that the plan didn’t work, but the problem is that it wasn’t sustainable.
If you look at any diet trend, whether it’s vegan, keto, Atkins or whatever, the best one for you is the one that you enjoy and that you can stick with. It’s as simple as that.
Let’s talk about exercise. Don’t beat yourself up if you give up after a few weeks or months. Sometimes it may take a few tries before you learn to commit to it. Your reason for embarking on this journey has to carry you through the difficult times when you don’t want to exercise or eat the foods you know are good for you.
If you’re truly serious about your health, you’ll take the necessary steps and you’ll be consistent until those crucial habits are developed and/or you start seeing changes:
- meal prepping
- drinking enough water
- eating according to your health goals
- exercising like you mean it
- surrounding yourself with likeminded individuals
Because fitness is a lifelong endeavor, the only person you should compare yourself to is you. And if you start later in life, it’s perfectly okay. This is a slow process that requires patience and discipline, so be kind to yourself.
Have you tried changing your lifestyle? How did it work out for you?
Until next time,