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It’s been a great few weeks on the food and fitness-front. Well, more so the food front, which is what I wanted to share a bit about today with you guys! Every now and then I try different programs or challenges out, mainly those involving real food, no gimmicks and no “extras” like supplements or additives. After listening to a great webinar by Pat Flynn and listening to a podcast from Jill Coleman and Jade Teta, I was encouraged to stop doing things half way and make some changes. For the first time, I was less focused on changing my physical body and more focused on seeing change in my habits, my cravings and my food-associations.
The tipping point for me came at the end of the webinar, when the participants could write in questions and Pat verbally responded to them (we were muted, which was good as I was smacking my gum and walking home from work along busy streets!). I mentioned how any time I try to tackle a new program, I end up eating about 70/30 – 70% “clean,” 30% “other.” Workouts are no problem for me discipline-wise, but I asked if it was worth it because that’s likely where I’ll end up all the same.
His response really clicked for me. Pat said that if I come in thinking I’ll get 70%, I’ll likely get 50%, but if I come into the program thinking I’ll get 100%, maybe I’ll land near 90 or 80% and that would be great!
This struck such a chord within me because I realized I’d been half-assing my nutrition. An Oreo here, an extra scoop of almond butter there and any results I was working towards were nullified. More than that, however, I was encouraging mindless eating and didn’t stop to think about how engrained some of those habits were becoming. I wondered why I couldn’t break the habit of going to a movie and eating not a handful but the entire bag of gummy bears; why I felt like I needed something sweet at night, even if I was still full from dinner; why I had trouble saying no to free food at friends’ homes (candy bowls!) or at work (free muffins that didn’t sell).
I’ve made some changes and stuck with it, for the most part. I went into that 2 weeks determined and came out of it feeling great, hunger, energy and cravings in check. Did I lose weight? Maybe – my clothes are looser. But this is the first time I’ve done something to try to manage my approach to food and habits, not to change my body. Moreover, it’s the first time I did so without tracking since I tossed my scale (and have felt so free!) not long ago. What a different approach for me!
I have friends who eat healthier than anybody, but it takes them all day. And if they don’t have their sprouted bread, they go into a seizure. I can eat a Big Mac. I’m not going to love it, but it won’t put me into toxic shock. It’s like if a car is too high-performance, then it’s sensitive to any kind of fuel. I like being more like a truck. If a little diesel gets in there, maybe a little water, it’ll cough and burp a bit, but it’s gonna get through it and keep running.
That’s how I want to be and think I am too. I’ll eat pretty much anything (and definitely enjoy it) even if I want to keep to a cleaner form of nutrition than some parties or events might cater to, like our upcoming Owyhee River trip, for example. I’d love to redo their menu one year, but this isn’t the year…so white flour tortillas, cookies as snacks and lots.of.cheese it is. And you know what? I sometimes skip the tortilla, pass on the cookies unless those Oreos look really delish and try not to make a big deal of it, because it’s 1 week and there’s a bigger picture ahead.
The more I read and research and hear others’ stories, the more I’m convinced that there’s no once-size-fits-all answer when it comes to nutrition and fitness. I’m finally finding what works for me: lighter on the food side in the mornings, adding protein powder throughout my day, a BIG meal of veggies and protein at night (I’m no longer afraid of lots of food at night when it’s the good stuff!) and I noticed that when I allowed fruit back in my diet it made me want more artificial sugars like I used to have nightly – interesting, right? Less fruit, less cravings. I’m consistent on the fitness front so from there it’s just doing the basics that help me see change and challenge me functionally: squats, deadlifts, bulgarian split squats, pull ups, push ups, hanging leg raises and planks, brisk walking often, sprints 1 – 2 times a week. And that’s it!
Have you found what works for you? Are you trying other avenues to your health and peak performance or are you trying what the person next to you is doing without success? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Have a great day, friends! I’m off to hop on bike for a ride before a full day of clients at the gym. Live well & be well!