Good morning! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!!! We had so much food, it was insane. Even after eating a huge feast like this, there are no excuses for staying on the road to a healthier you! Who else went to the gym Thanksgiving and the day after? Is it just me? 🙂
I was planning to do Whole30-Week 3 post, but this weekend has inspired me to write about other things. I spent a lot of time this last week discussing health and fitness with various people, both with friends and in online forums. I was saddened the other day by a friend who is ruining her life because she’s unwilling to do what it takes to get healthy. To each his/her own, but if you want something and that something could be more attainable by losing weight and being more healthy, wouldn’t you put in the hard work to do it? Instead, I’ve found people make a lot of excuses and most of the time they don’t even know they’re making them.
Before I began my serious fitness journey, I would make excuses. For everything. I had no idea I was even doing it. I would justify “if I go run for 30 minutes, I can earn this piece of chocolate.” I would say “well my medications caused me to gain weight.” “I can’t lose weight because of my conditions.” “No matter what I do, I don’t lose weight” When you read it in this paragraph, you’re probably thinking “of course those are excuses, Kara, how can you not see it?” But I challenge you to think about the last conversation you had about health and fitness (be it yours or someone else’s) and try to see what excuses or what logic was being used to justify being unhealthy. I am not saying everyone has to be thin and perfect and workout every single day, but I am encouraging people to at least stop making excuses and just say “you know what, I’m fine where I’m at, this is what I want.”
I was not fine where I was at, in fact, I was miserable with my health status. I hated looking in the mirror, I hated wearing clothing because I didn’t feel pretty in anything. Jacob was vastly instrumental in showing me where my excuses were and how to own them instead of letting them own me. He taught me that weight loss is as simple as Calories In vs. Calories out (CICO). He taught me that when I said diets don’t work, it’s because I was either not following them correctly or I wasn’t giving them enough time to work. He taught me that I was vastly underestimating what I was eating and I was not burning enough calories every day to lose or even maintain weight.
From his lessons, I researched my little heart out and I learned that dieting doesn’t work, but changing your diet does. There’s a different between dieting and diet. Dieting implies short term changes, which will never work. Changing your diet is a long term, lifelong commitment. It doesn’t mean you have to cut out everything you like, it doesn’t mean you have to give up delicious food (healthy food can be delicious!!!). Changing your diet simply means changing your relationship with food, finding the foods that properly nourish your body, and making healthier decisions. There are really no excuses to eating healthier. Your medication you’re on doesn’t make you eat badly. Your conditions don’t make you eat badly. No excuses!
There are three things I’d like to share from a personal trainer friend about changing your lifestyle into a healthy lifestyle.
1. It’s okay to be hungry and not eat. You don’t need to eat every time you feel hungry. Get used to feeling hungry until your body adjusts to your new eating habits.
2. Your eyes will always be bigger than your stomach. You need to realize this when you make or order food and remember to put less on your plate. If you’re still hungry 10 minutes after finishing your plate, you can go back for more. No matter how hungry you are or how long it’s been since you’ve eaten, your stomach holds the same amount of food.
3. It’s going to be tough. You’re going to have cravings and not want to exercise. You have to train your mind to like these new things. It’s going to be the hardest part and most people don’t have the will power. Only you can motivate yourself to make it happen.
You’re worth it. Everyone is worth it. There are so many clean eating plans out there if you’re scared about where to start. It’s very overwhelming, I know, I was there only too recently. I even went through a period of “healthy eating” where we were cooking everything at home and I thought I knew what we were consuming, but the scale wasn’t moving. Turns out, what I thought was “Healthy” wasn’t as healthy as I should’ve been eating. In the next few weeks, I plan to research and blog about different healthy eating plans and lifestyles. I will also be exploring different workout programs for all fitness and health goals.
Remember! NO EXCUSES! You’ve got this. I can be an annoyingly peppy cheerleader, so watch out! And remember, it takes time. Change doesn’t happen overnight.