I often like to think that I know what I’m doing when it comes to food and fitness. I mean, I have a background in nutrition, I’ve written a healthy living blog for 3 years now, I’m a Beachbody Coach, former vegetarian, and fitness fiend.
I should definitely have a hang of things by now.
Then, the realizations came…
I lack consistency – I am great at ‘the plan’ 4 out of 7 days a week. I understand that moderation is key and there’s the 80/20 rule, but when I get off track and indulge for multiple days and skip some of my workouts, I back track my progress. This means, I’m always kind of starting over. It’s not so much that I’m quitting, I mean it’s typically just a few days of ‘bad habit’s’, but it’s still hard to get back focused come Monday.
I really like this article on the Precision Nutrition blog > ‘I know what to do! So why am I not in shape?’ In fact, it’s what drove me to write this blog post today. As I was reading it, I could totally, 100% agree with everything that Nate was saying…
“You try to eat well and exercise. You’re pretty smart and knowledgable about fitness. You know what you need to do. But you still don’t look — or feel — the way you want to.
Here’s the good news: this is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, you’re probably a lot closer than you think. And, in this post, I’ll share two key strategies for getting on track.”
Reading that made me feel better and I realized I’m not alone.
I am not alone.
Nate totally hit the nail on the head with this one. He states that, a lot of people seeking help already eat healthy, or at least try to and most are the go-to “fitness expert” for their family and friends. He says that some are even personal trainers. Well this is a relief!
I over work myself – I opt for double workouts a few days a week in an attempt to make up for the extra calories and adult beverages being consumed on the weekends. I’m totally trying to out-work the
bad ‘not as good as it could be’ diet, which we all know doesn’t work. Now, don’t take this as I’m giving all of that up, take it as I’m going to use better portion control and moderation skills. I know I eat very good, better than the majority, but there’s no reason I need to fill myself full of carbs and crap on the weekend (especially when that’s not how I eat during the week). Am I right?!
As hard as I work, I feel like I don’t look like I work hard at all. Now this is a sad truth… I work my ass off and l want people to look at me and think, ‘Damn, she must work her ass off‘. Of course, I’m hard on myself, but I want to do better to look better and be happy with results and progress.
In closing, Nate states, “It’s completely possible to know exactly what you’re doing … but still struggle to improve your body. And that’s totally OK. In fact, it happens to a lot of people and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
“But there’s a simple fix, and it has nothing to do with a new workout or diet plan. All you have to do is commit a little differently and make yourself accountable to at least one other person.”
My problem is that, I tend to follow all the rules and start feeling good and confident, but then, once I feel like I’m making progress, this is when I indulge. In my head, I know what I had to do to get to the confident feeling, so if I splurge, I tell myself I’ll just have to do what I did before, over again. Following me? When if I’d just keep doing it, over and over, day by day, who knows where I’d actually be and what I’d actually have accomplished.
What a conundrum.
Moral of the story is, they aren’t messing around when they say, consistency is key.
I still plan to do some double workouts. I enjoy working out and as I indicated before they’re usually shorter workouts – like 30 minutes each – so I think this is totally fine! But I don’t want to feel like I HAVE to do double workouts and I HAVE to wake up at 5:45 a.m. to get that workout in. As long as my nutrition is on point, the rest will follow.
I know what I have to do. I guess this is just a little reminder for myself to stick with it and not give up.