It’s true that in 2010, I did Robb Wolf’s 30-day Paleo challenge, dropped a lot of body fat, removed a bunch of junk from my diet, and forever changed the way I ate, looked, & felt.
But it was in 2000 that I was at my unhealthiest. I was out of shape, overweight, sedentary, and eating like crap.
So, was it really a ‘quick’ change in 2010?
No, it doesn’t work like that. The 30-day challenge was one milestone. There were others. They are all part of one path, one transformation, one journey that each of us is always on.
During those ten years leading up to 2010, I was working on other key areas of my health. Remember, there are four: Food, Exercise, Mind, & Heart. I had a lot of work to do in the Exercise, Mind & Heart departments.
I don’t think I would have been ready for a massive Food change in 2010 had I followed any other path. Maybe, but, would I have been ready to sustain it?
That was my path, not yours. This does not mean that you need ten years to get ready to change your diet.
What it does is answer this:
“But Matt, the change is really slow!” Or, “I don’t see the change.”
It’s very difficult to see the change while you’re going through it. I’m reflecting on that time in my life now, almost 20 years later.
Change is slow. This is the reason why I work with Clients in a 6 month program.
Yes, if you do a quick fix or drastic diet plan for thirty days, you’re going to observe changes, especially if you have just removed a bunch of junk.
And that can be fantastic. That might be all you ever need to do.
But for many of us, we need more than that. We need to take it slow. We need to let things sink in. We need to fail, make mistakes, have setbacks, and grow from them.
Slow is good. It lasts. Whatever your path to good health is, you really can’t rush it. There is no ‘skipping steps’.
Food & Exercise are a great place to start. They can really support any changes you need to make in the other key areas. But, if you have work to do in the areas of relationships or mental health, and you go on a juice-cleanse, the other work still remains.
The other thing about my health journey that I want to share with you today is, I’m not done, and I never will be.
Neither will you. There is no such thing. There is no ‘finish line’.
What does that mean? We’ll explore that next Friday.
Have a great weekend!