Lifestyle: Live It & Love It

November 11, 2014

I came across an article the other day that reignited my fire to teach people BALANCE in life.  Living a healthy, fit and active lifestyle does not require extreme measures.  Yes, you will need to start paying attention to what food you’re putting in your body. Yes, you will need to make sure you’re burning calories each day. BUT you do not have to try a fad, extreme diet or workout 7 days a week for hours upon hours to see results.  It’s about making gradual changes that lead to long term success.  The main key is committing to the long term.
My clients will tell you that I teach and encourage them to stay active and eat healthy, but my focus for every single person is helping them develop a fit and healthy LIFESTYLE.  I love this quote from the article…”The goal is not to lose 40 pounds in the next 12 weeks.  The goal is to regain your health for the rest of your life. The goal is not to bench press 300 pounds.  The goal is to be the guy who never misses a workout. The goal is not to sacrifice everything to get your fastest time in the next month’s race.  The goal is to be faster next year than you are today. And faster two years from now that you will be next year.  Ignore the short-term results. If you commit to the long-term process, the results will come anyway.”

Most people decide they want to get healthy and their thought process goes like this:
-I’m going to cut out ALL carbs including fruit
-I’m going to workout for 2 hours every day this week
-I’m not drinking anymore soda, coffee or alcohol
-I’m cutting out all sugar

Here’s the problem with this process: this is NOT maintainable or realistic for the long term and you are setting yourself up for failure!!  What you should focus on is slow progress and building a healthy foundation.  The process for long term success should look more like this:
-I am going to get a balance of lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fat
-I’m going to make it to the gym 2x this week and then increase that every week
-I’m going to cut back on those sodas…instead of 3 a day, make it 2 a day and so on
-I’m going to have 1 free day each week to enjoy my favorite meal or dessert

Wouldn’t this seem more realistic?  Doesn’t it look more like the foundation for a healthy lifestyle–one that you will embrace and live forever? I can speak from experience and tell you that having a regular workout schedule and just eating balanced meals has allowed me to stay fit.  I don’t do crazy fad diets, I don’t take any magic pills and I only have limited time to get my own workouts in.  Try making gradual changes and just wait…soon it will be your own lifestyle.  You will be living healthy and loving your new life!



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