When I did the Whole Life Challenge for the first time last year (September 2012), the word ‘sacrifice’ came to mind a lot.

My original thought pattern: I’m sacrificing foods I like for this challenge.

As I progressed through the challenge, I realized that I actually wasn’t sacrificing anything.

Before, I was actually sacrificing my health for momentary desires and temporary temptations. The fleeting satisfaction of having a piece of chocolate cake or munching on a bag of chips while watching TV ended up having me have to sacrifice many more hours at the gym in order to try to lose the weight that I gained.

I really began to look at my habits and choices in a different light.

Not only was my weight coming off, but I was also feeling better. I was more energetic and positive. I felt more confident because I was in control of my choices. It was so empowering.

Many words with negative connotations – deprive, sacrifice, prohibited – are associated with healthy eating.

To be honest, I used to think that way too. However, now, after eating clean and really paying attention to my health and the choices I make related to my health, I realize that not eating a certain food isn’t a sacrifice at all …

The main lesson: Work is involved. Discipline is needed. It may be tough at first, but in the end, it’s worth it.

WLC3 Week2