I am an extremist and in some ways it’s an admirable trait, but in others it can result in some dangerous consequences. I am pretty open about my past and my fitness journey that has shaped me into the woman I am today; 3 years ago, I was suffering from Anorexia and couldn’t seem to beat it no matter how much support I had. I grew up without an understanding of a healthy lifestyle and how to get the results I wanted without sacrificing my health. Through education and experience, I have recovered, but it took some time. Life is all about moderation and enjoying living in the moment.
Anyone can fall victim to misconceptions about nutrition, exercise, body image, gym etiquette, life etc, but with my experience in working with women, I have found the diet and exercise misconceptions and misinformation to be prevalent. I never have any judgements being that I have thought/done/said most of the things I hear from my clients, but it is my mission to better the lives of all my clients while still helping them attain their goals.
When you see positive changes upon eating healthier, you want to keep it up right? This is a natural progression when seeing all the hard work paying off, but taking it to the extreme and obsessing over every little thing you put in your mouth becomes unhealthy and all moderation is lost. There is also guilt that accompanies this transition; food should never be labeled as “bad” or “good” and guilt shouldn’t be felt is there is a splurge every now and again.
I am always stunned when my clients respond with “you eat that?!” when I mention going out for pizza, my love for donuts or how I really enjoyed my Village Inn pie the night before. I’m not perfect by any means, but life is too short to not enjoy every second of it. Eating out and socializing is a huge part of life, and I would never expect my clients to avoid these experiences.
Those little splurges every once in awhile in between wholesome and nutritionally-dense eating helps boost the metabolism as well–it provides a challenge for the digestive system and the metabolism will be elevated for many hours after in an effort to process the food it’s unaccustomed to! Of course, this also shouldn’t be taken to an extreme where you’re popping poptarts every day (haha, but seriously)!
I can relate to feeling like you want to go more and more when you start seeing results from all the hard work you’re putting in at the gym, but there is such a thing as overtraining. The first few weeks of starting an exercise routine will be tough, both mentally and physically, and painful, but stick it out because it will be worth it!
Exercise should be individualized and enjoyable. Getting to see your body change and your health improve looks and feels wonderful. Exercise should make you feel great about yourself, make tasks of daily living easier, provide positive health improvements, build muscle, boost energy and alleviate stress; but when taken to an extreme, its benefits are masked. Try never to use working out as “punishment” for eating something “bad” or as a way to “earn” something later, or in an attempt to make up for the week you missed at the gym etc.
Try to be active every day, but not all of these days need to be in the gym engaging in an intense workout. Shoot for 10,000 steps a day, go for a hike, walk the dogs after work etc. Always keep your sights on the big picture and do whatever it takes to make sure you get there in the safest and most efficient way possible.
Source: MJ Fitnatic