Do you ever feel like you’ve totally fallen off the wagon? Since you were so hungry, you couldn’t resist potato soup and crackers and that salami that was nearby? And then you freak out thinking that you’ve undone all your hard work?
It’s ok. You didn’t stall the weight loss progress you were making. And let me explain why and how it can be ok to eat potato soup and crackers and salami.
I know that a lot of fitness professionals teach super clean eating, cleanses and militant workouts. But that never really worked for me. I mean, I guess it worked to some extent. But it’s really hard to maintain that stuff. And I never found it all that fun.
I decided to listen to my body, eat like a discerning French lady and stop doing planks, abs and the traditional exercises I never really liked. There’s something to be said for this. I’m probably the fittest and happiest I’ve been in all my life.
My clients go this route too and have incredible successes. It happens because they have a plan they can actually stick to, and feel great about in the process. They learn solid tools they can use to make permanent changes in their life. They end up feeling and looking their best in a way that many didn't know was possible.
So what’s the secret? Well, a lot of it’s in the details. Details I’ve been testing and honing for the good part of 20 years.
At a base level, it has to do with focusing on what works best.
See, a lot of people have it backwards.
They get off the wagon, and have a major freak out that they’ve gained extra weight. Maybe more weight than they’ve gained in the past.
I see most people take very intense, extreme action at this point. They clean every molecule of sugar, carbs and fat out of their cabinets and resolve! to commit to an intense dietary regime. They feel miserable, eat some macaroni 3 days later and feel terrible and defeated.
They decide to start working out every day ..which isn’t all that beneficial by the way. Your rest days are an important part of the process.
Their workouts often start with cardio. Which is a seriously uphill battle if this is all you’re doing to lose weight. Plus they go at it VERY intensely. Which isn’t necessary either, and sets them up to feel like exercise is no fun at all.
It’s hard for me to watch, simply because I have the experience to know what will be SO much more beneficial, MUCH easier, and a MUCH more fun way to lose weight.
For example, say I (personally) get off the wagon. Cause this does happen to fit pros. I won’t be as active as I’m used to for a couple months.
I’ll be like oh shoot. I got a little off track. I don’t so much feel like myself. And I’ll start with something that I love that’s also inherently muscle building and maybe start back into doing it 2x per week. That for me is rock climbing. PS. You don’t have to be a rock climber for this to work for you. There are an infinite number of fun activities out there that’ll do the same thing.
Then I’ll ask myself if I’ve been eating more rich stuff than I want or need. As in, if I’m eating cheesecake every day… I may actually need a break… just, in life. And it wouldn’t hurt to include some fresher choices.
I might include a restorative yoga session or hiking for my mental health. To kind of refresh the system.
That’s about it.
I effortlessly start showing up to this new plan and continue on with the rest of my life.
Because it’s a plan that was set up properly, I know the results will take care of themselves.
See, the strengthening is increasing my metabolism so I burn calories all day long, even while sitting on the couch. It’s toning my muscles and burning fat. So I can eat potato soup, crackers and salami without thinking twice. My metabolism’s actually so high, I’m often wondering how to eat enough.
Regular cardio will never raise your metabolism like that.
Because I love everything in the plan, I’m excited to keep showing up. It’s not even a workout for me. It’s playtime, or quiet time in the woods…with really amazing results as a built-in byproduct.
It’s a different way of thinking and something that’s served me really well.
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