We all need some space from time to time and there is no better way to decompress than me-time meditation. However, alone time should not be reserved for the gym. Whether it’s classes or a personal trainer to spot you in your efforts have a support system makes an entire world of difference.
Being healthy is a process and if you haven’t been giving yourself the time it takes to be healthy then it’s an even longer process. You have to adjust a thousand things to get your formula just right and everyone’s is different. What works for your BFF may not work for you or what works for you may not work for your BFF and so on.
The holiday season is now in full swing and with less than a week to go, last minute shopping and preparing is consuming most of your spare time. In these moments, it’s tempting to relegate your workouts to “I’ll try to fit it in” status but this usually translates into zero workouts until after the New Year.
Getting Back on Track
After the Holiday Weekend
Thanksgiving is over and if you’re like most people, you ate way too much of the foods you don’t normally eat. Indulging in rich, calorie-dense foods from time to time won’t really set you back any; and in fact, if you’re highly active, an occasional cheat meal can be good for your metabolism and hormones.
You’ve probably read or heard this saying in recent years. I love this new saying not just because of the obvious meaning, but because of the deeper implications. In our current age of social media and reality TV, many people seem to have lost sight of what truly matters.
In 1857, slavery abolitionist Frederick Douglass famously said, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” He continued by saying “this struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.
What’s it going to be?
What will you sacrifice this week? Getting to the gym first thing in the morning means you’re going to have to go to bed a little earlier or give up sleeping in. How important is getting to the gym for you? How bad do you really want to get in shape?
Losing weight will require you to give up some foods you love and maybe eating some foods you don’t love.
If I were to ask you what you had for breakfast, you’d probably be able to answer easily and fairly accurately, unless I also asked you how many calories and how many grams of protein you ate. Most people would have no idea, some would have a general idea but rarely do people know exactly what they’ve eaten when you get that precise.
We’ve all had the experience of fumbling about in the dark, then finally locating a light switch only to find ourselves wincing and closing our eyes when we turn the switch on. This is a natural protective reflex to pain and discomfort from the perceived "threat" that your eyes feel to the sudden bombardment of what would otherwise be harmless normal light.
One of my favorite sayings I learned from my father growing up was “only the dead fish go with the flow.” I'm not sure where he heard it, but I'm glad he shared it with me. As a teen, these words helped me deal with peer pressure because I would visualize my peers as that river and myself being that dead fish when I was tempted to just go along with the crowd.