I’ve been around the block enough to know what some of you are thinking today. We’re going to play a game.
Let me guess…
1). You gorged on candy yesterday.
Love these little guys!
2). You straightened your hair and wore mascara for the first time in months.
3). You went to church, then laid around the rest of the day. Only getting off your duff, to peer over the Easter basket, pick your favorite piece (which changes as the basket gets smaller and the goodies grow less and less), then plodded back to the couch to watch Bethenny Ever After.
4). You ate ham. At least once. But probably twice. Oh, and yeast rolls. There were some yeast rolls involved in the whole production.
(I actually didn’t have ham. Just lots of cheesy casserole goodness.)
5). You went to bed last night with a PLAN. A plan to fast sugar, fat and carbs for at least two weeks. Maybe you resolved to do a juice fast. You’re going to drink 300 ounces of water and not a morsel of food. Oh, and take tomorrow’s AM spin class, paired with a Cardio Bootcamp in the evening. 100 crunches before bed.
6). You may have even written this PLAN down on paper! It’ll “stick” better that way.
7). When dinnertime rolls around today, it will all seem like a joke. You should have thrown those jellybeans away LAST NIGHT, then you wouldn’t be tempted.
8). Come Thursday, you’ll have forgotten your PLAN. Or you’ll remember that you tried and then feel truly horrible for not succeeding. Maybe next month will be THE month when it works out for you.
So, did I get it right?
This logic, this cycle…it’s STUPID.
And highly detrimental.
I’m SO over the “feast and famine” game. Let me tell you – I wasted at least 10 years playing this game and I lost every time. The feelings of guilt and remorse when I couldn’t live up to these strict guidelines – those were the worst!
Don’t get me wrong! I am all for setting goals and moving forward. I think that setting goals is a vital tool when it comes to losing weight. Deciding what you want and planning out the steps of how get there.
That is healthy.
What I’m not ok with, is self-harming. Setting yourself up for failure.
That’s what usually happens when we give our bodies and our minds ultimatums. The ALL or NOTHINGS. “You can have candy today but NEVER again!”
This is why diets fail. This is why 35% of Americans are obese. This is why weight loss supplement companies make MILLIONS.
They are feeding off of our inability to live BALANCED lives.
Living a healthy lifestyle is all about BALANCE. It’s about cutting yourself some slack, while also fueling your body properly and working up a sweat everyday.
About 3 years ago, I made up my mind to start treating my body differently. I’m still a work in progress. I know I always will be while here on Earth.
But I don’t see an advantage in going back to that “feast or famine” place. I just wasn’t happy there. And I’m willing to bet (a million Peeps) that you aren’t either!
I ask you to join me in this fight against the “All or Nothings”!
I want to encourage you to treat yourself to a 80/20 eating plan (notice I didn’t use the word “diet”).
Let’s drink our water and eat our vegetables. Let’s MOVE daily, strengthen our muscles and shake our booty’s.
And let’s not forget the most important lessons.
To live less rigidly (and allow for mistakes), to love more fully (especially ourselves)…
…and to eat jelly beans with wild abandonment.
THAT, is healthy living.
QUESTIONS: Did I describe you up top? Are you going to do something about it?