It's been 3 years since I started my health and fitness journey. Admittedly, the first 9 months only kinda count. I certainly made some big changes during that time, and was feeling a lot better, but my results were a lot like my dedication - half-ass. I enjoyed the weight loss and physical results, but I knew I was capable of more.
Making the lifestyle change that I did required complete dedication for me to maintain it. I had to break major habits that I had been doing my entire life. For me, that meant cold turkey without looking back. Most alcoholics can't stop drinking if they keep hanging out at a bar. The same was true for me; I couldn't continue to live in the familiar comfort zone if I wanted to see a change.
So what's changed? Nothing, and everything. I'm just ready to enjoy this life. I don't think that food/drinks make or break a day, adventure, experience, or a trip - but sometimes, it sure is fun to be a foodie and enjoy the culture. I'm by no means changing my mindset or mentality about clean eating, exercise, or a healthy lifestyle. It's still very much important to me - living it, promoting it, and doing all I can to support others who are ready to commit. I'm just owning the fact that some of the things that used to be really important to me have simply shifted, slightly.