Ahhhhh!!! It’s a new year.
A time for new beginnings.
A time when we say out with the old and in with the new.
A time where we set out to keep a bunch of well intentioned resolutions in order to improve our life.
Whether or not you set resolutions is up to you. Personally, I don’t set them. Not because I don’t believe in them. Simply because I’m lazy.
But be honest with me for one minute. You’re probably setting a “lose weight” resolution, am I right?
And while that’s OK, I think you can do better.
In fact, I’m going to share a few things you should cut out that will help you meet that resolution.
Here we go:
Why are you still obsessing over every little thing you eat? Stop it. It’s not healthy for you. There are no super foods. Magic shakes. Bad foods. Good foods. Power foods. There is just food and plenty of it.
And all food is good. You’ve heard me say that A LOT.
The only thing you need to focus on is food that makes you feel good.
-Does it make my body feel good (i.e. not bloated, lethargic, etc)?
-Does it taste good? I mean why would you want to eat food that tastes gross??
-Does it balance my hunger, energy, and cravings?
If you find food that meets the above criteria, stick with those items. That’s it. Case closed. Moving on.
THE COMPARISON GAME
For the love of everything holy, quit comparing yourself to some insta-famous fitspo, supermodel or Pinterest perfect woman that seemingly have it all together.
Because they probably don’t.
And besides living that life is super high maintenance. Believe me, I know. I was around the competition world long enough to know that it isn’t as easy as they would like you to believe.
Do you want to constantly be prepping food and working out for the sake of having a perfect body all the while missing out on the important things in life? Like spending time with loved ones or doing the things you always say, “I’ll get to one day?”
But more than that, you’re beautiful, perfect, and wonderful just the way you are. It’s ok to want a nice looking body. There’s nothing wrong with pursuing aesthetic physique goals, but do so in a way that doesn’t subtract from your life or suck the life out of you.
She’s a lying little $#%&! anyway. You don’t need her. I get our inherent need to know what we weigh. For years we have been told that our value is found in a number.
Can I let you in on a little secret?
Your value will never be found in a number!
Not on a scale. A measuring tape. Or a tag on piece of clothing.
I mean the scale is definitely useful as one way of tracking progress but if you have an obsession for weighing yourself daily, you need to throw it out.
Or better yet, take it out back and smash, shoot or blow it up.
I know what you’ve been up to this last week.
You’ve been checking out the endless stream of advertisements from various fitness professionals and weight loss companies.
Don’t deny it. I see you. ;)
It’s ok. I’m cool with it. No really.
I’ve been there myself so I get it. I understand the need for a solution. Something that will finally bring the results we have been longing for.
The problem is that you won’t find it in a diet.
And it’s not necessarily that the diet won’t work. I mean they do bring results if you follow them to a tee. The challenge comes with our mindset surrounding diets.
We either think they’re long term ways of eating OR we think we can just follow it, lose weight, and then return to our normal eating pattern.
Both mindsets are wrong, which is why diets will ALWAYS FAIL.
So do yourself a favor and just let them go.
FOODS YOU HATE
Are you someone who goes to a restaurant and orders food without butter, oil, salt, basically void of flavor?
Do your daily meals consist of dry chicken and steamed broccoli?
If this is you, can I ask why?
Why are you spending your life consuming food you hate? Unless of course you like bland food, then you can skip ahead to the next section.
Lots of people feel that to eat healthy, we need to eat healthy things. Whatever that means. Things such as steamed veggies, baked/grilled proteins devoid of oils and marinades, or leafy greens we can’t stand the taste of.
Look, you should like how you eat. If you don’t, you won’t ever find results and you’ll return to eating comfort foods 24/7 because that’s what makes you feel happy.
What if I told you there was a way to like the way you eat and get results?
It’s completely possible.
There’s nothing wrong with having a burger, pizza, gelato, baked goods, alcohol, etc. It’s about eating a little bit less of those things and eating a bit more of your favorite proteins, veggies, etc.
WORKOUTS YOU DESPISE
You all know I’m not a huge cardio fan, so I pretty much never do it. Although I would count my leisure walks as cardio because technically it is.
But my point is this...why do you go to spin class if you can’t stand spin? Why do you run/jog if you feel like death every time you go? Why do you go to CrossFit if it makes you want to vomit every time you’re there?
Quit doing workouts you hate.
Yes I get that in the beginning we all tend to hate our workouts. But once you find something you love, simply do more of that.
There is no right/wrong way to get activity in. The point is just to do something. Anything.
You’ll never stick to workouts you hate. But you will stick to something that you enjoy. And that is what matters.
I probably say this 1000x a month but it certainly bears repeating here.
Quit trying to be perfect.
Perfect with your diet.
Perfect with your workouts.
Perfect with your mindset.
Nobody is perfect. And your diet and workout plan will never be perfect.
You will have days you eat an entire pint of ice cream or a week where you skip all of your workouts. That’s life. It happens.
But here’s the thing. You can either let it set you up for continued failure or you can look at your overall consistency.
Did you get 3 weeks of consistent workouts in?? Well shoot, one week off won’t matter.
Did you eat great 7 days a week for 3 meals a day? Well then, one lousy pint of ice cream isn’t going to hurt.
Consistency trumps perfection 100% of the time. Be perfect at being consistent.
Now go out and make this the most amazing year yet by letting go of all of these things that hold you back. And if you’re tired of playing little Miss Polly Perfect and getting nowhere with your nutrition and workouts, let me know how I can help.
I am a wife, mom, grandma & former professional “diet and exercise hopper" who understands the challenges of being 40lb overweight after having children & the damage repeated sense of failure can cause to your confidence and self-esteem.