For the past few months I’ve intended to write a post with this title here at (in)courage, but other ideas kept pushing it aside. I’d planned to share testimonials from friends and family who’ve experienced real, long-term change in their lives, change that impressed and encouraged me. As it turns out, apparently I wasn’t supposed to write until I’d also experienced radical change firsthand.
Major changes can be difficult to make and to maintain, just ask anyone who’s tried to lose weight, stop smoking, or quit a bad habit. We’ve all heard the stories; however, there are successes, too, and that’s what I’m interested in examining.
What does it take to make a radical change stick?
Believe in the Need for Change
I visited my doctor in early January for my regular check up and we discussed problems I was having, mostly from being out of shape. She recommend that I start walking or some other form of exercise, which lead me to attempt the 30 Day Shred workout (read my story here).
I took my doctor’s warnings seriously, therefore I believed in the need for change and started exercising the next day.
Commit to Making the Change
My friend, Kathryn, decided that she wanted to change from being a night owl to a morning person and made the change in one day! She went to bed early one night, got up earlier the next morning, and never looked back. She feels better now and has maintained her new schedule for two years. I’m a night owl who sees the benefits in changing, but have I really tried? No.
You probably won’t experience change if you don’t make a commitment.
See a Benefit from the Change
When I first started my new exercise program, my husband asked if I wanted to take a before picture and I said no: first, I was embarrassed by the condition I was in, and second, I couldn’t imagine that my results would be very dramatic.
Boy, was I wrong.
I’ve currently completed 38 days of the 30 Day Shred; I also walk and jog a bit now that the weather is nice. Day 31 meant the most because I completed the challenge and then I kept on going.
I haven’t dieted or lost much weight, but this is the best physical condition I’ve been in in years. Honestly, I’d take this over a 10 pound weight loss. I feel younger, healthier, and maybe a little sassier; the problems I experienced before are almost nonexistent.
The physical and mental benefits of exercising far outweigh the time and effort it requires. I’m managing to jog a hill that usually overwhelmed me to walk. This rediscovered strength and resolve seems to make me braver in other areas of my life.
I see benefits from the change and I’ll fight to keep them.
What about you? Have you or someone you know attempted radical change in your life? Did it stick?
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