This is so true. It generally takes something to make us want to change. To actually work towards changing our habits. It could be a health scare of our own or a family member, it could be having no clothes that fit anymore, it could be depression and feeling really upset with ourselves, it could be our children and wanting to keep up with them and around for them for a long time. There is always something that really triggers the motivation to start. Many people reach out for help, but until they're actually in the right mind frame to want that change, it often won't happen.
Fast forward to when you start making changes; eating healthier, adding activity, taking time to yourself, slowing down and decreasing stress levels. How long before you fall off track again? What causes you to lose focus? Did you lose your motivation and forget why you started? How about focusing on how great you felt when you were more mindful of being healthier. Not one person has ever said to me "I feel so gross and awful when I eat healthy and exercise". Whether you start by eating better, or adding in activity, or a little bit of both...they are all going to make you feel better!
They say 21 days to form a habit. There is some truth to that. You will gain amazing benefits in 21 days, but I wouldn't say 21 days sets the tone of a lifestyle. If you really want to form a habit, give it at least 3 months. It doesn't mean you have to be perfect along the way, because there's no such thing, but you need to keep the focus on why you started in the first place. Make a goal, have a plan, use support. Find something that works for you, makes you happy and is fun. And put the focus on how amazing you feel when you are on track. .
I am 5 months into this new journey of mine and I can honestly say I am still as motivated today as I was when I started. I love the food I'm eating, I love the balance, and I love that the workouts are still challenging me. But I also love my support group. They keep me motivated. I have to show up for them, I inspire them and they inspire me. I truly believe that support and accountability is one of the biggest factors of staying on track and keeps me going.