Makeshift Birthday Cake Frosted Cookie!
24/7 access to the kitchen.
Lingering Easter candy.
If there’s one thing I’m hearing amongst my clients it’s that food is a struggle and total honesty, it’s something I battle with every day too.
I want to remind you that if you’re okay with eating a little more right now, loosening up on the food rules, and embracing a little weight gain that’s totally fine too. We all cope differently, you do you.
But, I know for me, when my nutrition is on track I feel better overall mentally and that is really what matters right now.
So 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵, 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦:
1️⃣ Planning out my day ahead and factoring in snacks, especially nighttime snacks. I know I forever want to snack at night so instead of fighting it, I embrace it. I make it fit within my daily needs and go into the day with a plan so I know I can make it work.
2️⃣ Structure & Timing. Intermittent fasting works for me so I fast in the morning as a way to limit my opportunities to fall off track and stay within my daily goals. Experiment with what works best for you. I also stick to a consistent schedule and structure similar to what I follow when I’m not staying home.
3️⃣Portion Control and Flexible Dieting. If there’s something I’m really craving I have it but make it fit within my day, even if it’s not the cleanest or healthiest option. I also look for healthier swaps that actually taste good but fit within my daily portion and calorie goals.
𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘪𝘱𝘴: ALL the high volume foods (veggies, oatmeal, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc.. Lots of water, tea, & coffee, staying active & busy, and full honesty sugar free gum.
𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘸? 𝘐𝘴 𝘴𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦? 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶? Fill me in!
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘸.
I keep seeing one of two things being shared:
Posts telling you to love yourself, embrace weight gain and stay far away from diets…
Tough love posts that you now have no excuses, more time and can go all in on your health and fitness…
Here’s my two cents: I don’t really like either approach.
𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞.
For some it’s going to be healthiest and best for them to ease up on the “food rules”, practice self love and self care, and maybe embrace a little bit of weight gain. Much like the girl on the left was doing during a time when mental health needed to be my number one priority, and I was focused on repairing my relationship with food & my body.
For others the best thing they can do right now is focus on taking care of their bodies, fueling well with proper nutrition, and moving as much as possible. Much like myself right now, since I have healed my relationship with my body and have learned how to best cope with my anxiety.
𝘕𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵.
𝐒𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬?
Trying your best to tune in to what you personally need to do right now.
Removing the judgement on others for how they are or are not handling things.
Focusing on being kinder to yourself, doing the best you can one day at a time, and removing the guilt on however things are turning out.
There is a lot we can’t control right now, but there is also a lot we can.
Focus on taking care of YOU the best you possibly can right now.
That includes mental, emotional AND physical health.
& be KIND to you no matter what season you’re in.
𝐈 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞.
𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺?
Truth is every day around 5pm I know I need to start my workout but I get a twinge of dread.
Whether it’s that I’m freezing and not wanting to workout in my garage.
That I’m tired from not sleeping AT ALL (𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦?).
Sometimes it’s that I’m sad, depressed, anxious or any combo of the three.
Or a lot of times it’s simply that I’m missing my gym and not wanting to workout alone.
But I head out and do it anyway.
𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐈 𝐊𝐍𝐎𝗪 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐞.
Because of this, I wanted to share some things that are working to get me moving EVEN when it’s the last thing I want to do.
1️⃣ I have a set time and schedule that I follow and plan my workouts ahead of time. This way I have a consistent routine and plan in place so there’s less chance of guesswork & excuses (even better if it’s similar to your normal routine when you’re not staying at home).
2️⃣ ACCOUNTABILITY. This is huge right now. Whether it’s facetiming or zooming during your workout with friends, streaming a live class, or checking in with coach/friend or workout buddy after or before your workout, having a reliable community is going to be key right now.
3️⃣ Switch things up. Try to do a variety of workouts and find things you love instead of the same things each day. If you’re more likely to smile your way through Zumba than crushing yourself on a run, do that right now. It’s all about finding things you love and that feel fun.
𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴: ALL the material things… A good playlist, drinking a pre workout, new workout clothes, whatever will make you more excited about your workouts. If it’s going to get you MOVING right do it.
𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘸? 𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯?