No, I am not quitting my job. No, I am not pregnant. And no, we aren’t moving to Hawaii (unfortunately). If you were hoping for some juicy news, I’ve failed you. But please, read on!
Yesterday, without even trying, I came across the following articles and couldn’t help but cringe.
How Often You Should Switch Up Your Workout to Keep Losing Weight.
- How about switching it up when you aren’t enjoying it and don’t feel happy doing it?
5 Vegetables That Make You Fat.
- What? I thought I was doing so well eating my five servings a day– now you’re telling me that some vegetables are off limits and even deemed unhealthy?!
5 Things You Should Never Do Before a Workout.
- How about just go workout?
Will Doing Workouts Twice as Long Double Your Weight-Loss Results?
- It’s already hard to find enough time to go to the gym, now you want me to stay twice as long?
You’ve Been Counting Calories Wrong Your Whole Life.
- What? Was I supposed to be counting calories in the first place?
Drinking Wine at Bedtime Can Help You Lose Weight.
- Hmmm I like this one, but pretty sure I do this already and I have remained the same weight for years…
Stop the madness! Want to know my secret? Find what makes you happy and do what makes you feel good. Simple as that.
When I was in college, I was one of those girls who would eat a half of a sweet potato and call that “dinner” before going out so I could spend my calories on vodka mixers and the cheapest light beer I could find. I was the one who would buy those 100 calorie packs and fat-free EVERYTHING because, well, that’s what the latest article I read told me to do.
In reality, I was doing everything wrong. I wasn’t enjoying my food, and I certainly wasn’t enjoying my workouts. The main goal of my gym sessions was to burn off the 3am pizza us girls had ordered and the six beers I consumed during a power hour the night before.
Flash forward to today– I have a completely different relationship with food and exercise. I listen to how my body feels and reacts to certain foods and avoid the ones that make me feel icky. If I want to have a delicious IPA, then I’ll do it. If I feel like eating a grass-fed burger with bacon three days in a row, then I’ll do it that too.
Same goes for exercise. Screw those stupid articles confusing the h-e-double hockey sticks out of you. What do you WANT to do? What makes you happy? If you like to hike, go hike. If you hate swimming (me!), don’t swim. Why do something that feels forced? Find something you love!
I am a big runner and I felt bad joining and enjoying CrossFit because I wasn’t running as much. But the truth is, I didn’t look forward to my runs anymore and I couldn’t wait for my next CrossFit workout. My running is at a minimum right now, and I am completely okay with that.
So, that’s that. Life is too short to follow every single rule and guideline. Let’s get back to the basics. Eat real food and listen to your body, do what makes you happy, and live a balanced life. All the rest will just fall into place.
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