Transformation Takes Time
Deciding to make a change is the first step, putting a plan into action is what really matters. Transformation is more than just a change though, it’s becoming something more aligned with who you desire to be deep down. It takes being unsettled and unhappy with where you’re at now, and knowing it’s okay to want something better, and to want to be someone different. In fact, you can’t grow if you aren’t willing to change.
A true transformation will take time, will NOT be easy, it will test you to the end, and keep you second guessing your motivation. Start by asking yourself, how bad do you want to transform your life? Your body? Your mind? How will this transformation take place, and what will it feel like to get there, to reach your goal? You must first believe in yourself, become determined, and embrace the challenge.
Big Changes, Take Small Steps
What is your Why?
Find out your “why.” What motivates you to want to make a big change in your life? If your motivation is something like: “I want to lose 10 pounds or run a 5K,” sorry to say it, but you will most likely fail. There needs to be a deeper meaning? Something deep within you that drives this need for change.
When I decided that I was going to make a career and lifestyle change, I took a close look at my future self. I didn’t like what I saw, always tired, anxious, unhappy with work, and a lot less involved with my kid’s lives than I wanted to be. I found myself making bad health choices because I was depressed and exhausted.
It took some time to realize that life could be so much more. I thought about how I want my children to remember me, and it wasn’t the way I was living. I want them to remember a healthy, fun, active mom. Being a good role model to them is my number one priority now. I want them to know the importance of family, having healthy meals, exercising, and be able to be there for them whenever they need me. This is what I’ve always wanted deep down, and I am so happy I made the choice to transform my life into something more aligned with who I am! Life is too short to be unhappy, give it all you got!
So, I urge you to look at your future, what do you see? What will your children say about you when you are gone? There’s your motivation. Find THAT reason! To live that more fulfilled life, you need to start NOW.
Take it One Day at a Time
Plan one day at a time. Get yourself a cute little tablet and lay it on your nightstand, call it your “Transformation Tablet.” Each night before bed, write down what you will do the next day to work toward your transformation.
For example: If you’re transforming your health; way of eating, way of moving, way of thinking.
- Write down your meals for the following day: (breakfast = smoothie, lunch = salmon + spinach, dinner = grilled chicken + veggie, snack = almonds + craisins).
- What you plan to do for fitness: (light jog 20 minutes, 15 burpees, 50 sit-ups).
- What you will do for self-care and your mind (take detox bath with essential oils + read before bed).
Also, remember to give yourself credit for your accomplishments each day. When you stay on track, it’s a big deal! Soak it in, and thank yourself for hanging in there each day.
Make it a competition
Compete with yourself, this transformation is about you, no one else. See how many days in a row you can stick with the plan, you can do it! Don’t give up, but don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day, it happens.
Every day is different. You will have good days and bad. I can attest to this big time, one day I am on top of the world and things are going just as planned, and the next, the plan is all shot to hell and life’s chaos takes over. When this happens, come back to your “Why.” Remember where you are going, and why it’s important that you get back on track to get there!
Share Your Plan
Don’t be afraid to share your goals and plan for transformation with friends and family. This will help you feel more accountable. Let them know that you are doing this for yourself, but you appreciate all the encouragement and cheers you can get.
Totally a personal preference, but using social media to share your story, may be something that helps keep you on track as well, after all people are watching. If you feel it will help, don’t be afraid to post your transformation. I have seen some amazing changes through social media, and what a great feeling it is to have those positive comments that keep you plugging away at your goal.
What are you waiting for? You deserve to feel good, to live the life you dream of – it’s a beautiful day to start!