What’s up?? Happy Monday! Hopefully you’re movin’ and groovin’ today, and not feeling like a slug. I’m currently stemming my quads because I can barely walk. Those DOMS. It will get you. I did this workout that ultimately doesn’t even matter on Saturday (shoutout to Colin for suffering through that with me before driving 10 + hours in a car). But, I tripped up a lot on my double unders. So, this morning, I decided to do it again, just for fun. So, in 48 hours, I rowed I don’t even know how much. Did 360 wallballs. And a lot of double unders. I would never tell someone to do that. Especially if you’re only going to get like 20 something seconds better. Unless it’s the Open. Then you do that ish again. It was dumb. My legs went from “I’m cool” to “WUT DID YOU JUST DO TO ME?!?” All at once. Really. It was dumb because we snatched today, which is where I realllllly need help, and I just couldn’t make my body go. Ya live and learn. PTL for Compex though. Those stem people. I’ve been stemming my legs so much lately. I’m hoping it will help one of these days….

I’ve got some good recipes comin’ for ya this week. I’ve been slackin’ in that department. Truth is, we’ve made some pretty decent stuff lately. But also, truth is, sometimes I would rather go do other things than blog. Because truth is, I’m not good with my words, so sometimes the bloggin’ life aint easy for me. It takes awhile. And I start slackin’. Sorry.

But you and I both need some motivation today. What kind of crazy diet or way of eating are you into these days? Chances are you probably are doing something with your food or “nutrition” to get that better beach bod, lose a couple of lbs, feel better overall, or to cut something out of your diet that isn’t doing anything to help you. There are many reasons why we change things up a little, start a new diet, or go cold turkey and change everything about the way we eat all at once. 

First of all, I’m no doctor. Obviously. But I’ve lived through yo yo dieting and a terrible mindset around food. I’m not perfect, and I don’t have all the answers.

But I want you to ask yourself two questions about the way you are currently eating:

  1. Is it sustainable?
  2. Are you happy?

Let’s address the first question. Is it sustainable? The best results come from a looooooonnnggg road of hard work, discipline, and overall, changed habits. The best results don’t happen overnight…or in a week…or in 21 days…or even in 30 days (although I still think Whole30 people are on the right track, but it’s just a foundation). Because Lord willing, you have a lot more of life to go then a week….or 21 days…or 30 days. You have your whole life ahead of ya. So, instead, why don’t you start introducing changes slowly, and celebrate the small victories? Because I promise…a lot of small victories in your health lead to big results, which will turn you into a happier, healthier person. But you have to be patient. Patient with yourself and patient with the process. 

So, if your food, nutrition, eating habits, or whatever you like to call it are STRUGGS right now, let’s figure out a way for you to change up the way you eat FOR LIFE. Because, after all, if you can’t sustain it, then why do it? 

Here are some examples of small changes, which overtime lead to big results: 

  • Stop drinking soda, sweet tea, or any other sugar filled, fake drink/drank.
  • Actually stop eating sugar all together – or at least, anything with added sugar. 
  • Eat veggies and a good source of protein at every meal. 
  • Eat until satisfied, not full. 
  • Decide to not snack after dinner. 
  • If there is a certain food that makes you feel like crap after eating it, get rid of it, and see what happens 🙂

I really could go on an on…but you get the picture. 

The second question is: Are you happy? Before I get too deep into this…eating clean, fueling your body with good foods, and saying no to crap food isn’t always easy. You have to make sacrifices sometimes. You have to say no to some things while right next to you, your bffl, husband, or kid is treating his or herself. But life isn’t fair. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find that balance for you (if balance even is such a thing). It killllllsssss me inside that people go hard for a short amount of time – going for that drastic change- but then it doesn’t last. They can’t sustain it. So, they crash. They start eating crap. The weight comes back on. And they feel terrible about themselves. 

They lose some weight, but then they gain some weight. So, their attitude goes from feeling great about themselves to feeling terrible. And this cycle continues over, and over, and over, and over again. I’m a pretty sensitive person sometimes, so maybe this is just me…but that freaking breaks my heart and pisses me off at the same time. Food should never dictate how you feel about yourself. But you have to take steps to a healthy relationship with food by gradually trying new things. 

So, how do we find balance? And is there such a thing? I think there is in this case… but I think it looks different for everyone. It’s hard to give the perfect examples for this one, so I’m going to do my best to illustrate what this way of life looks like for me. 

I (more like we, thanks to my great husband who shares the same goals as I do) prep food for meals throughout the week. This is because I get home anywhere from 1:30 – 2:30 every day, and by that time, I’m hungry. I probably should have brought more snacks to the gym, but I know I’m about to get a good lunch because I prepped food, and all I have to do is heat it up when I get home. While I’m currently trying to figure out how to diversify my food options, you will see a lot of veggies and some meat in every meal of mine. I cook my food in good oils or butter. I eat until I am satisfied (I don’t currently weigh or measure my food, but I would recommend it for a period of time). I stay away from desserts and alcohol during the week. I try to add more carbs in some days with sweet potatoes, occasional rice, oatmeal, and yes, don’t hate, but I love skinny pop caramel or sea salt popcorn. What I just mentioned is a good 85% of my life. BUT, you better believe that I’m going to get some tacos in there at some point with my friends. Some weekends I eat ice cream. I don’t drink a lot, but I do love a good gin and ginger, or an occasional margarita, or a beer (even though I should stay away from those because beer makes my face look like a chipmunk). I went to a wedding this past weekend (shoutout to you, Sophie), and I had two homemade cinnamon rolls. But when I do eat the not so good things, I never once feel like I blew it. I never get down on myself. I never binge. 

However, I’m not perfect…obviously. But I’m going to be real with you. And with ALLLLLL of the above said, I’m happy. I feel good. I’m in this for life. I’m not miserable trying to sustain something for this month, when in the back of my mind, I know I’m going to fall off the deep end next month. I’m just living my life. Could I clean things up some? Haha, yahhhh. And there are some periods of time that call for that. BUT, I know I only get one shot at this great life, and I want to make the most of it. So, balance for me sometimes involves those treats. But they are treats. Not the norm. I didn’t “earn” them. I’m not “entitled” to them. It’s just how I stay sane. 

The overwhelmingly majority of great + some not so great in there is what helps me stay in this for the long run. I’m not about a quick fix. I’m about an overall healthy lifestyle – and that doesn’t involve yoyo dieting or downing myself for “falling off the wagon” again (I think that’s what people say). 

Everyone is different. What I said may not work for you. It’s just something to think about. What works for your friend, Mary may not work for you. And what works for your husband, Billy or Bob or John (not that you have three husbands…just giving examples)  may or may not work for you. But small changes overall, are going to lead to results and a better relationship with food. 

And if all else fails…remember that you can’t go wrong with eating real food. And with that real food comes eating enough food to sustain whatever it is you do day to day (activity level). 

Last, but not least…I’m not hating on anyone making changes to their health and lifestyle. Any change is a good change – even if it’s drastic. And I would never down anyone for that. BUT, I just wanted you to maybe rethink some things. And  I’m only putting it all out there because you deserve to feel great, without feeling too much pressure to not mess up your eating habits (because you’re too busy and life is too much fun for that). Also, I have to remind myself of the above from time to time, as well. Because as much as I hate it.. I get pretty down on myself.

So, with that, have a great week, be nice to yourself. Be nice to other people. And make good choices.