"I've been thinking a lot about what you said last week when I told you I was feeling nervous about coming to the end here with AIM, and I think you're dead right. I have built a lot of new habits for myself, and I have no doubt that these habits will continue.
Read the food label.
Stock the kitchen - especially proteins and fiber-rich foods.
Always have food if you're away.
Start with protein - keep it even with carbs to not end up eating a bowl of just meat at the end of the day.
Log ahead and have a plan if you're going to be busy.
Focus on foods that don't have fiber fillers - It does matter.
EXERCISE - Even if you have to get up 5:00am (I never thought I could be that person!)
I feel like this list is kind of lame - it doesn't really speak to what AIM's actually done for me... These are the things I've trained myself to do. They are habits, and I'm glad to have them. But I've gained so much more through my time with AIM, and it's important to me that you know that.
So, here's the real stuff...
I've learned that it's ok to take care of yourself! It's NOT selfish, and nobody else can do it for you. And it's hard, but it's way harder to run on empty.
Make the time to eat good food.
Find an exercise that you love to do. It shouldn't feel like a punishment.
Don't worry about what anyone else thinks. You're not doing this for them. You're doing it for you.
Find a support system.
Build a process and routine that makes you happy.
Do something that makes you proud.
AIM's made me damn proud. Thank you for being my support, Amy. I put in the work to make the changes, but you did all the cheering. And that's made all the difference. That's what I'll miss most about this."