We have become a nation of instant gratification. Thanks to technology, we expect things to literally be at our fingertips at any given moment. Because of this, when we don't receive the favorable results we're after, we tend to think it's not worth it and move on. But some circumstances take time, in fact they take an entire lifetime.
A healthy lifestyle is not something achieved in a matter of moments, that is why it's a lifestyle. A diet is not a lifestyle it's a temporary fix for a permanent issue. There will always be temptation to eat, or an excuse not to work out, but when we change our way of thinking and view it as a lifestyle change we'll see daily gratification in our new habits.
There are a few things you need to ask yourself and truly understand before diving into a healthy lifestyle change.
What is your motivation to improve your life? Do you have kids and want to lead by example? Or do you think if you lose weight and keep it off, it opens the romantic possibilities?
What has stopped you from making these changes before? Do these obstacles still exist? How can you eliminate them? If you can't, how do you move forward?
When you're faced with temptation, how do you handle it? Do you have the ability to stay on course or do you cave?
Am I happy? What makes me happy? How do I get there?
If the thought of these answers overwhelms you, you may not be ready and that's ok. It's a lifetime of work and dedication. Go back in a month and ask yourself again. Taking the first step is always the hardest, but once you do, you won't look back with regret.