I spend my days educating and encouraging others to live well, move often and eat healthy, and because of this some people think this lifestyle is easy for me, that I naturally “just do it” or that I am “perfect” when it comes to my habits and goals. Today I’m here to tell you that it’s not. I am not immune.
I have always loved to exercise, so this part has always come easy for me and finding CrossFit really made me realize the love I have for being strong and for pushing my body to do things I never thought it could do. Food on the other hand…boy do I love to eat, I mean I really love to eat. Growing up in an Italian family food was everything. It was there when you were happy, when you were sad, when you wanted to make someone love you. It wasn’t necessarily unhealthy food all the time, but it was always food, oh and usually wine too.
I have been where you have been. I have let a “cheat meal” turn into a “cheat weekend”. I have eaten brownies and ice cream 3 days in a row. I have had cookies for breakfast, just because they were in the house. I have eaten too many pieces of chocolate in one sitting and regretfully have a stomach ache afterwards. I have eaten pizza at 2am after a night of drinking. I have felt weak, fat, overworked and unmotivated.
I battle these feelings everyday, but I also work everyday to make the changes I want and continue to work towards the lifestyle I know I need. So here are some of my secrets.
- Health and Fitness are paramount. I consciously think about the importance of my health and fitness everyday. I prioritize it. I remember why I am doing what I am doing. I want to be healthy. I want to be illness free. I want to be able to live a long life and be there for my husband and my daughter. No cookie is more important then this.
- I have a plan. I follow macros daily and plan ahead. I set myself up for success by prepping meals and having healthy options ready when I need them.
- I allow for some treats. By following a macro tracking program I can allow for treats every once in a while all while staying on track. I plan ahead for them and fit them into my day. I use these planned treats as motivation to stay on track otherwise.
- I remember that I am human. By allowing myself to be human I don’t allow myself to stress about veering off track. I take time to re-evaluate and get right back it.
- I reach out for help if I need it. If I really feel like I’m struggling or need some help getting back on track I reach out to friends or family that I know will remind me of why I am doing this in the first place.
So remember, at least when you look at me. I am not naturally athletic. I couldn’t do the things I can do today when I first started CrossFit. I struggle with food choices, everyday. I don’t always love my body, but I’m learning to more and more by being proud of what it can do, rather then what it looks like. I am human just like you.
Live well, be well.