I had a real moment today when I finally accepted the fact what you eat substantially effects how well you do when you exercise. Common sense will always prevail, it just takes me a little longer than most!
I had been eating very well for a couple of months. I have given up coffee completely and I can count the number of alcoholic drinks I’ve had these past few months on one hand! I was noticing a big difference in my energy levels from the moment I woke up, throughout the day and most of all while I was working out, I felt great and was very happy with being on the right path. Then just a few days off track this week has me feeling as if I have taken ten steps backwards!
You see I tend get into the habit of eating well, exercising more, feeling great and then I for whatever reason I relax a little. Most often it’s a change in routine like a holiday, or a weekend away, sick kids or simply having too much on. This leads me to get a little relaxed with the healthy guidelines I have in place to maintain my health goals. Then all of a sudden exercise gets that much harder, it’s less enjoyable and I am frustrated to no end at how quickly you can regress.
There’s nothing worse than getting ready to exercise and you have to squeeeeze yourself into your gym leggings, you wiggle and squirm until it all fits in, all while you’re panting and sweating and that’s just to get dressed! That tight uncomfortable feeling like your leggings have shrunk two sizes is enough to make you shout “stuff this I’m not going”. But once you bravely get yourself there you think it’s going to be ok, it can’t be that bad, right? Well yes it can, your body starts to scream at you the second your heart gets pumping and your brain starts frantically trying to figure out how the hell you’re going to get out of the current pain you’re in and that’s only the first five minutes of exercise!
Talk about exhausting!
Today was just a real ‘far out’ moment. I’m healthy, without a doubt, I eat clean, continuously try to live without as many chemicals in my life as possible, I’m not stressed, get lots of quality sleep and I’m very happy with my entire life. Perhaps this is why I fall out of rhythm, contentment makes me complacent.
I know that achieving fitness goals is a combination of what you eat and what you do for exercise, 80% is food 20% is exercise. But how do you continuously ensure the 80% is perfect, so you can maximise the 20% you spend busting your butt?
The reality is, you can’t, unless of course you’re an athlete, the rest of us on the other hand don’t live like that. You have to go with the flow of life. So my moment today was my acceptance that it’s not going to be perfect, ever!
When everything is going well and you’re on track, go for it, get the most out of that time. When everything is slightly off, just be aware of what’s going on and don’t stay there for too long.
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is feeling guilty when we do get off track, this guilt can keep you on the downward spiral and it can be very difficult to get out. Forgive yourself quickly, except that it’s happened and work out a plan to get back on track.
Keeping your overall health a priority every day is important, if you consciously eat to fuel your body with the best quality fresh food, the correct amount of water and get as much quality sleep you can, I think you’re doing very well.