NEW ALBANY — Just a few quick thoughts on transitioning from a sedentary, not-very-good-for-you lifestyle to a healthy one:
• The first week isn't easy. I'm sore. I've had a few days where I've been dragging tail. But I know it'll pass. I've been through this before, and trust me folks, it gets easier. I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to turn a new behavior into a habit. I'm through Day 7, and I know that I've got a ways to go before this starts to feel natural to me.
There's never a good time to start a diet. Look, there's always going to be something going on, some reason why it's not the right time. If you really want to get healthy, you can't just sit there and wait for that time to come along. You've got to decide that no matter what else is going on, this is something that needs to happen.
For me, this week was the week of the Super Bowl. In my world, that means gathering with friends, eating too much, drinking some beer and playing cards while I try to keep up with the game. While I didn't exactly go all out while I was at this year's party, I did succumb to temptation. Given the fact that my plans were going to take up a lot of time away from my own kitchen, I probably should have packed something to eat instead of relying on my hosts to have healthy food around. Lesson learned. This brings me to my next point...
• If you have a lapse, don't use it as an excuse to quit altogether. The worst thing you can do is let a moment of weakness be the end of the road for your journey to better health. I hate to sound cliche, but it's definitely more of a marathon than a sprint. You're going to have good days. You might have a few bad ones. The key is to put those bad days behind you, learn from them and move on.