Halloween parties, fun people, and physical activities – it was a great weekend all around! I have some fun pictures and snapshots to share, but first I wanted to bring up something that I’ve been thinking about for a few days: the topic of moderation (or not!).
In my line of work as a personal trainer, I hear people voicing two sides of the spectrum of eating and working out: they’re either an all-or-nothing kind of person or they believe in everything in moderation. Both of these approaches aren’t bad – IF you can keep consistent with either one. But therein lies the challenge!
(By the way, this all stems from my over-the-past-few-months-5-lbs-weight-gain and the fact that I’m not fitting into my clothes like I want and not feeling nearly as lean as I’d like. Nothing dire, I know, but it’s been a frustration because my body hasn’t budged or changed one bit! and I don’t feel as “tight” or “fit” as I want to be. I know this is my personal issue, and I am thankful for my health and fitness overall, but I seem to be either sabotaging myself or not making the right changes…hence the reflection.)
Here’s what I mean: if you’re able to be all in for something, then you’re going to get great results. Eat clean all week, enjoy one cheat meal or day without going overboard, train hard consistently…you’re going to reap those rewards. However, how hard is it to never “cheat” on your diet or skip a workout here or there? If you do, you’ll likely be someone who will then go to the other extreme of all-or-nothing – the nothing. Where one over-the-top cheat meal turns into a whole day, which turns into a whole weekend and then the next week. Where one skipped workout changes the rest of your week and you too easily blow appointments in the gym out. See what I mean?
On the other side of things, moderation can be great if you can stay moderate in every area. This, however, isn’t the easiest thing. “Sure, I can eat a cookie – everything in moderation, after all!” can often become three cookies because, well, it’s all in moderation. Skipping a workout here or there can turn into more than a few gone a week because of this rule, and it’s easy to let your lifestyle slowly start to shift to a place you never could have justified in the past.
All or nothing or moderation – which camp do you fall into?
I’m personally a moderation kind of girl, but lately I’ve been wondering if my moderation has gotten too moderate, if you know what I mean. And I think this is the camp that I fall into. I’ll be moderate for a while, erring usually on the healthy side, but then start to justify different actions such as dipping into the almond butter, taking a handful of chocolate or carob chips (which I don’t have around often) or justifying going back for seconds of something because “I’m not going to let food rule me! I’m doing everything in moderation.” Before I know it, I’ve eaten too much and then don’t feel great about it. I’m not this way with exercise – there was a time I overexercised (although due to the stress in my life I didn’t realize I was doing it) but rather stay consistent with my 20 minute, high intensity workouts OR good cardio runs.
So, what’s a girl to do? I’m curious as to what you guys think. Knowing this about myself, what do you think is the best way to combat my struggle? I’m wondering if it’s going to the other camp that’s not too familiar to me, the “all or nothing” side, and deciding to go all-out-healthy and see how that works for me.
…Lots for me to think about! Some posts that made me think a little deeper about this issue are an older post from Neghar and a recent post about how you eat/workout on the weekends from Ashley. If you know of others who have written about this topic from a fitness perspective, I’d love for you to leave a link in the comments!
I posted this as a reminder to myself and others who might need it over the weekend on my facebook page and thought I’d share it here too:
So, what am I capable of doing? I can climb! Saturday afternoon after I trained one of my most fun home clients (the cutest, still fit pregnant girl!) we met our friends Jay and Carissa for some climbing at a nearby university.
I was prepared for a rough time on the wall after not climbing for at least 6 months, but I think because I was rested I had an amazing time climbing! Not only was it great to connect with our friends (they came on the sailing trip in September and we hadn’t seen them since then), but I was shocked at how well I could still climb. Focus on what you’re capable of doing.
You know what else I can do? Have fun with people and interact with others with energy and life. That’s something not everyone can do because of health or other reasons, so I’m choosing to focus on what a blessing it was that Mikey and I had two Halloween parties to attend Saturday night and we could be present with others at both of them.
First up, can you guys what I was?
Maybe in conjunction with Mikey it might help?
A wet floor sign and a mop! And yes, this was us trying to be creative. Nothing but the best effort from us for our friends! 😉 The first event up was a Young Adult Cancer Canada Localife event – pumpkin carving! It was so good to see our friends, the costumes were great (didn’t get pics of everyone unfortunately) and the night was just super fun. We even left with our pumpkins!
From here we headed out to our friend’s Rachel and Warren’s place for their now-annual Halloween party! It had been TOO long since we’d seen these guys – it was great to connect and the costumes, food and conversations were super amazing.
Thanks to both parties who hosted – what a great weekend! I am capable of connecting with others in conversation, having fun and going deep – all because of God’s grace! I’m so thankful for all these neat people in our lives.
Sunday was a beautiful day: we slept in, made pancakes, I cleaned the house, did some errands and finally couldn’t resist the weather and got outside to enjoy the sun. I only had a brief window of time but decided to at least get 5 miles in. The verdict? 6 beautiful miles along paved trail, gravel trail, snow and slush.
That’s a wonderful thing. There’s just something healing about running without music or distraction, listening to your own breath and basking in the sun on a crisp late afternoon. Worth every footfall because it served as a huge reminder:
I’m heading into the work week choosing to focus on what I’m capable of. I’d love to hear from you guys: What are you capable of, and will you join me in focusing on that this week?
On a lighter note, any fun Halloween moments from the past weekend? I LOVE this holiday, so share away! I also must know: Candy Corn – hate it or love it? It’s one of my favorites!
Have a great start to your week, friends! Live well & be well,