When I started competing I was fortunate to have my husband standing behind me 100% of the way. Little did we know how much my training was going to affect our entire family. When I first started eating clean it was a struggle for me. I didn’t really like the taste of the food and I was never satisfied. There is a big difference between being full and satisfied. Full is when your body has physically had enough to eat and satisfied is when your mind is okay with what and how much was eaten. It took a tremendous amount of will power and reminding myself what my goal was and why I was doing it. I fell into the hands of temptation now and again but would always move on and learn from my mistakes. I started to prepare myself better. I noticed that it was much easier for me to slip into bad habits when I was hungry. I started becoming prepared and making sure that I was eating when I should and always had a back up plan or something healthy with me to help get me by.
Make sure you are referring back to you, “why,” often. These same reasons you want to be healthy will be the reasons that will drive you to help your family be healthy. Healthy living is also about positivity and encouragement. Helping people is done by encouraging them and helping to educate and motivate. It is not about harassing or making them feel bad about what they eat or what they do. As easily as you can encourage someone to be healthy and make changes, you can discourage them if it is done in a way that makes them feel under attack. It is important to always remember to lift people up and help them reach new heights! Find new ways to help involve your family in healthy activities. Lead the way to healthy living for others through your own example. It is okay for people to see that you are human and still enjoy cheat treats. The journey to being healthy is not about being perfect; it’s about slowly making better changes to you daily routine. These small changes can make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you!