Can you believe it’s already March? 2015 is flying by.
Please slow down.
ox, Em <3
So maybe you’ve arrived here intentionally (um, hello?! FREE Spring Detox ha!), lured in by Facebook or Instagram, or perhaps you’ve landed here on a whim. Regardless, welcome.
I have good news and I have bad news. Which do you want first? We’ll start with the bad news. Because, I like to end on a good note.
Bad news is this is not the Spring Detox you came here for. I’m not going to tell you what to eat (because really, you can have anything you want) or how to train. That’s another post for another day. And, eating and training are only a small part of a much bigger picture. Whew. Wasn’t that bad, right?
Here’s the good news: This Spring Detox is going to be better (i.e. MORE effective, LESS stressful #TeamNoStress) than any other clean eating challenge/detox/cleanse out there. And it has [almost] nothing to do with nutrition and exercise. Just a little (because, #fitfoodie). 😉
Step 1: Check your inner circle.
Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Fortunately, we get to choose who we surround ourselves with. Are these people supporting you unconditionally, or holding you back from becoming the best version of yourself? If the latter, it may be time to reevaluate then restructure your inner circle. A part of your environment, it reinforces your habits for better, or for worse.
THE TAKEAWAY? Do not underestimate the power of your support network.
Step 2: Check your network.
Your network is comprised of the people that you interact with, but they’re not quite inner circle material, if ya know what I mean. Think acquaintances. Could be family, friends or colleagues IRL, or virtual. You know those IG accounts you follow of that spandex-clad trainer aka human barbie with washboard abs, eating out of perfectly assembled tupperware of either chicken and broccoli, or tilapia and asparagus (though she documents each as if it were some novel creation), taking a giant bite out of the hottest new protein bar on the market (#cheatclean) before she goes back on comp prep and snapping gym selfies that make you question whether she’s just hit the weights or the runway? Um, yeah. Her. This is not real life. And if it is her life, chances are she doesn’t have much a life outside of exercise and eating. For some people, this is their job. They get paid to live this life. But for me, thank you, no. I’m much happier living a life of BALANCE and MODERATION, 365-days a year.
So, if your IG, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest [insert preferred social media outlet of choice, here] feeds are clogged with these kind of profiles, ask yourself: “Is this serving me?” If so, cool. If not, and ‘her’ updates only makes you feel bad about the cardio minutes you haven’t logged, the Tupperware meals you haven’t prepped then, ‘Unfollow.’ Really, it’s as simple as that.
This is not to badmouth people who’s feeds are largely occupied by fitness- and food-related posts. Heck, mine is. But there’s a difference between living a life in which diet and exercise are a part, and one that is consumed by them. I am trying my best to create a life of the former, stay positive (and transparent) through the struggles and teach my peeps a thing or two along the way. If this sounds good to you and we’re not connected on IG already, we should be!
[NOTE: I will be participating in a digital detox this week, too; unfollowing accounts that do not align with my current intentions.]
Step 3: Do you.
Are you trying to emulate someone else’s perfect [for them] plan? If so, bear in mind that you are not them. You are YOU, and that’s pretty special. Our metabolic tendencies, personal preferences and psychological sensitivities are uniquely our own.
What works for me might not work for you. And if ‘it’ doesn’t work for you in the context of your life, you won’t be able to sustain it over the long-term (months and years, not days and weeks) and cannot expect sustainable results to match. i.e. NOT the perfect plan.
Step 4: Restock.
Go the grocery store and fill your cart with real, whole foods: protein, veggies, healthy fats and some starchier, but still clean carbs. Foods that will nourish your body; that will help you THRIVE, not just survive. 80-90% of this stuff. Got it?
- #fatlossfoodie QUICK TIP: Shop the perimeter – protein, produce and bulk.
That other 10-20% is your [no stress] wiggle room, comprised of foods that won’t necessarily get you lean but that, enjoyed in moderation, also won’t add to your waistline (e.g. sugar-free or dark chocolate, wine, protein bars or powder, froyo, coffee creamer, cheese, avocado, bacon, Nuttzo). These should be foods that you enjoy eating, that “take the edge off” and prevent you from craving way worse things later, but that still make you feel good while you are eating them AND after.
*One thing to remember: Preparedness, not willpower is key to resisting temptation. Find (and eat!) foods that you love AND that align with your health/wellness intentions. This may take some detective work on your part, but life’s too short for cold dry chicken breasts and wilted asparagus spears out of Ziplocs unless, of course, that’s your thing. No judgement if it is.
Step 5: Refresh.
Look good, feel good. And no, I’m not talking physique.
Whether you’re a regular gym-goer, prefer to take your training sessions outdoors or are new to exercise and just embarking on your journey to health, be sure to have appropriate fitness attire (and real clothes, of course #trainerproblems) that is both comfortable and that you feel good wearing. No waiting until “I am this, have that, lose XX lbs. or have visible abs.” Please and thanks.
#FitFashion that makes you feel good RIGHT NOW. Because when you feel good inside, it radiates outward.
- e.g. You’re more apt to BE that lean person, DO the things a lean person does and HAVE the things a lean person has.
*Bottom line: Confidence comes from within and translates to other areas of our life. It’s a compound effect. But THIS. Positive thought –> positive feeling –> positive action. Unforch, the same holds true for the reverse a.k.a. negativity. But, you choose.
If you’re in on this detox, come say ‘hey’ on my Facebook page, and let me know how you’re detoxing this Spring! I can’t wait to hear from you. 🙂