The last few months have been interesting ones for me–particularly in light of my health goals. I’ve been slipping and sliding all over the place. I firmly believe that time is not wasted if we learn something from it, especially if we consistently apply those things that we learn in a way that benefits our future.
As I’ve looked back over the past few months and as I look around at what sometimes feels like chaos in my surroundings that I’m not managing well, this question rises to the surface, “Teresa, if this (picture whatever it is) is what you want your life to be, then why isn’t it?” You are a smart person. You are resourceful. These are not hard things. Why don’t you JUST DO IT.”
I’ve tossed that question around in my mind a lot of time and even more these past few months. Why is it so hard to just be what we want to be. I know that one of my obstacles is that there are so many big improvements that I want to make that it just seems overwhelming. Changing the way I eat, for instance, doesn’t seem like it should be that big of deal. You just quit eating things you don’t see as beneficial and start eating things you think are more beneficial. I decide what I eat. I don’t ever “accidentally” eat anything. No one force feeds me. I have a pretty good outline of what food or food-like items fall on the side of “do eat” or “don’t eat.” Why is it such a struggle?
And this is only one example. I could use a lot of other areas of my life for this example (personal finances, physical fitness, personal and professional development, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, continuing education, etc.). I know what I want….why don’t I JUST DO IT?
I’m a go-getter. I think anything is possible. I believe in my ability to accomplish things. Sometimes this sets me up to fail. I try to take on too many things all at once.
And this is how #33percentbetter evolved. I was thinking about how hard it is to change everything at once, when it occurred to me that changing just one meal per day is a 33% improvement in my diet. Thirty-three percent is nothing to scoff at. If I made a change at my job that netted me a 33% gain in productivity or a 33% increase, I’d be all sorts of happy. So, I’ve been making an effort to change at least one meal per day. And I have to say, folks. It’s working. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and I’ve noticed a few things. On the days that I make my 33% better choice as the first meal of the day, I am way more likely to end the day having actually done 66% better. WOW! That is a lot. I’ve also noted that while I still may be eating things that I wouldn’t consider to be “better,” the choices I make during the other 66% are less bad choices than I was making before.
It is still a struggle at times, but I’m seeing progress. It’s nothing miraculous. I haven’t lost a ton of weight. I do, however, feel better. I feel better physically. I feel better about myself for making a change. THIS IS DOABLE PEOPLE!!
So, if you would like to join me in my quest to eat at least 33% better today than I did yesterday I would be thrilled. Take a picture of your meal that is the 33% and share it on social media with the hashtag #33percentbetter. I’d love to support you as you try to make a change for the better.