|My 90 year old grandpa|
& 82 year old grandma
If you believe that you are starting a program you can't sustain, then you have to make modifications and be realistic. I don't see what I do as a diet, it's something I do every day and I don't feel deprived in how I eat and live - and I've made adjustments to ensure that's true.
For example, I don't like traditional salads. I like greens, but not salads so you won't often see me eating one. I also like large portions a few times a day, so eating clean allows me to eat larger quantities of lower calorie foods to make sure I feel full and have energy throughout the day. You won't see me starving myself or counting calories. Actually, eating clean properly with the right portion sizes and food combinations makes counting calories and fat unnecessary. I like the occasional glass of wine, the piece of chocolate, and ketchup on some of my meats. Moderation is key. I don't use them as "treats" I weave them into the fabric of my routine in the right portion sizes so that they don't feel "wrong" and I don't feel guilty if I eat them. I also don't beat myself up if I have a bad day - I don't let myself give up for the day either and throw in the towel, but I am kind to myself. It's a journey, not a destination.
The Power of One
"The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Don't underestimate the power of one. One positive choice. I started with one minute of running on a treadmill. That turned into one continuous mile. One mile turned into one healthy meal a day and then one day of adding strength training. One mile turned into one race... it just took the courage to get on a treadmill for one minute. Anyone can do anything for one minute or one step at a time... remember that. So, good luck on your journey... tomorrow is coming whether you are living healthy or not, why not make tomorrow healthier than today? One day, one step, one choice. Start with one.