Happy Hump Day!
Ok. This rain blows. So, I decided to make your day better by starting this post with an old video of my friend Gray falling asleep while asking God to bless our pizza. Because we should always stop and thank God for pizza. Especially Digiorno. This video is from 2 years ago when sweet Gray was 2. He is now 4 years old, and he is one of my favorite people in the whole world. If I had a Top 5 Favorite People List(which I don’t) he would be on it. Maybe even Top 3. Gray is tough. He hustles the hardest at KidFit, and he’s been riding a dirt bike without training wheels for awhile now. And he’s hilarious. And he can get anything past me with those cheeks. So, he wins. For real though, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Gray and his family if you keep checking out my cool blog.

But moving on to nutrition. It’s now been 30 days since Daniel and I started The Zone “Diet.” All we knew when we started was what they told me in my CF Level 1 Cert – basically that Zone = optimal nutrition. Add that to CrossFit, and you get optimal overall wellness. Ok, great. What does that even mean? As I read up on it, I learned that it’s for anyone seeking a healthy lifestyle and losing fat through hormonal balance. This can be done by eating proper portions of food, along with managing your carb/protein/fat intake. Hormonal balance sounds complicated because it kinda is. I have so much more to learn about it. But here’s what I do know: Hormones are a game changer. They affect things like body composition, energy utilization, and blood chemistry. With the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats, you can control three major hormones generated by the human diet – insulin, glucagon and eicosanoids. These are important because they affect inflammation, and ultimately fat. Ok, had enough? Me too. Too much talk about hormones right now. But you get the picture.

The point is, over the past month, I’ve seen how important all of the above is for fat loss. Daniel and I want to keep this up, and we haven’t even thought about going back to our old way of eating where we could care less about portion sizes and ratios of carbs,proteins, and fats. It also helps that he’s lost 10 lbs, and I’ve lost 6 lbs. We look different and feel great. I’ve seen results in the gym too.

I do need to throw in that we weren’t 100% perfect during all of this – and when I say “we,” I really mean “me.” I have a handful of friends that I’ve shared several nights at the taco stand with – eating chips and guac. I had one or so beers over the past 30 days – (actually four- but hey, at least I can count on one hand the amount of beer I had over the past 30 days). Also, this past Saturday night, I felt no shame in splitting some nachos at Earle Street with Dan, and loving every sip of a Blue Moon IPA on draft, with orange. Obviously, every meal wasn’t perfect. But I can honestly say 95% of it was. And I’m good with that. Because 95% is pretty good if we’re talking about lifestyle here – without trying to be the sad girl that is so focused on not eating anything bad. Don’t be that girl.

So, this brings me to these nutrition challenges we sign up for. Are they really working for the long run? I’m not saying they’re bad. The gym I’m a part of has seen success because of them, and the next time we do one, I’m going to take part in it. But it’s all about your approach and thought process. I think anyone can agree that eating non processed food, drinking more than enough water, and eliminating bad sugars and alcohol is great, but the issue is in the approach taken to get people to change their eating behaviors. The focus needs to be on changing behaviors and habits that lead to poor nutritional choices. That way, you’ll focus on the long road ahead, instead of just trying to make it to the end of the challenge while dreaming of binging once it’s over. If a 30-day challenge or “21 Day Fix” doesn’t address how to return back to “normal life” after the challenge is over, then it fails.

After all,the word diet comes from the Greek language that means“way of living.” Basically, a diet is a lifestyle, not a set of rules that you hate so much that you can’t even wait for it to be over so you can go back to eating chocolate cake, Bojangles, and drinking all the beer you want. I’m only saying this because it’s what I would do.

My passion is now for you to figure out what works for you. It may or may not have to do with balancing your macronutrients, and that’s cool, I guess. But I want you to experience freedom in finding a healthy nutritional lifestyle. If you’ve already failed in maintaining those New Years Goals (which hopefully you’re still going strong), know that it’s never too late to change your habits and way of thinking about food.

I know this wasn’t the most thrilling post, so I’m going to end it with some more Gray. This is Gray. Age 1. At the Gauntlet 2012 in Daytona Beach, FL. Little Hunk.