If someone had approached me two years ago and said “Ryan you’re going to start eating healthy and working out regularly,” you would have witnessed me pulling some stupid face whilst roaring with laughter. In all honesty, I have never been one to look after myself. I started smoking at a young age; always got through a day with under 6 hours sleep and was never careful with what I ate.
Now over the years I can recall quite a few occasions where people have said to me “Ryan you lucky sod look at you, your skinny as anything and can eat whatever you want without watching your weight.” The secret being that up until recently I have always had a complex about being skinny and underweight, and struggled for years to put weight on. Just remember everyone has their own battles, your perfections are someone else’s imperfections, it all part of what makes us individuals.
Now before I get too far off topic her the point I am trying to hit at here is; there comes a time when we all realise that you can only put things on the back burner so often, after all we are all on a timer of sorts!
Here let me give you an example of when I was trying to give up smoking. I literally spent years saying, “Yeah I’ll give up on Monday.” Monday would then come round and there would always be an excuse, no matter how trivial I found one. I remember one of my more common was “Oh look, it’s Monday and I still have some fags left in the packet, oh well I’ll give up next Monday instead.” I am sure you can see the pattern here; one that ended up applying to EVERYTHING I tried to accomplish!
Fast Forward Two Years:
Now I look at myself; I am eating healthy; gave up smoking two years ago and I work out regularly. Why am I telling you this? To show you that you are not stuck in the lifestyle you have now, not if you want to change it.
I have spent excessively too much time worrying about things I cannot change, all the regrets of things that I should have done earlier. If you let them, they will keep adding up until you have a mountain of them. Let me be honest here, reliving the past will never change “today”, “tomorrow” or “next week”. Staying in that cycle will just end up in a vicious circle of self-torture.
The simple fact is that it is never too late to improve something in your life that you really want to change. I understand there may be limits and/or restrictions that can limit what you can do, but do not let that turn into an excuse to do nothing at all. Do what you can with what you have where you are right now. That is your starting point right there!
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”