When you decide to “get healthy,” there is always a place in your mind that thinks, “If I can only do this for ______________ (days, months, weeks, years), then it will be easy to maintain.”

The problem is, it doesn’t happen that way.

There are sick days that get you out of your exercise routine.

There are stressful times and group gatherings that push you off the eating well wagon.

And when these things happen at the same time – pow – you are knocked down and can’t figure out how to get back up.

Then there are just the monotonous times when you are bored with your workout routine and bored with the healthy food choices, and it is so tempting (and easy) to slack off.

And then you feel guilty. And you feel like it should be easier since you have been doing it for so long.

That sometimes happens to me. But it helps when I remember how hard it was to make the changes in the first place, and realize that it is a little easier now. Some because I know better about what good choices look like and feel like.

But the truth is, I have to make choices every day to stay healthy. I have to decide to get out of bed to exercise. I have to decide to walk away from the tempting foods. I have to decide that even though my whole family may be eating something I really want to eat, but shouldn’t, it’s okay to say no. I’ve come too far to go backwards. I don’t want to put the weight back on. I don’t want to lose the endurance I have built up.

And while some days are easier than others, I have to make those good choices every day. Even on the ones when it takes everything in me to make the right one.

Every day.

Are you making good choices today?