Thursday, August 20, 2015

4 Fitness Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

1. Rules are made to be broken. 

Eat every 3 hours, do cardio an an empty stomach, don't do cardio on an empty stomach, fruit is bad for you, don't salt your food... the list goes on. When it comes down to it there are no set in stone 'rules'. The reasons there are so many methods to health and fitness in general is because they've all worked for someone- not to say they all work long term or improve health, but it some way or another someone has succeeded by implementing one or many of these rules. That doesn't mean it's going to work for you and it also doesn't make it wrong to try another approach. Do your research, nourish your body, and remember you can always change your mind.

2. You don't need to be squeaky clean.

When I first started eating clean and working out, I'll be the first to admit I was super anal when it came to food. I went from 0 to 100 really fast and only ate the cleanest of the clean, wouldn't eat out, never had cheat meals. Looking back that definitely taught me discipline and I learned a lot, but I know now that bread is not going to kill me (BTW I can't stand the taste of Ezekiel bread now... yuck.) and neither is pasta, or fruit or or my bi-weekly bowl of Cheerios. I like eating healthy foods because I want to take care of my body and provide nutrients for it, and for the most part they taste good, but you can still achieve your fitness goals without eating celery if you get the midnight munchies. Learn about macros, pay close attention to your body, and you can have a lot more freedom with food.

3. Not everyone can have Jamie Easons shoulders.

Comparison; we are all guilty of it. When I started lifting I wanted Jamie Easons shoulders SO bad. 4 years later, I still don't have them but you know what I do have? MY shoulders. My shoulders that I have worked my butt off for and there is nothing more rewarding than that. If you (or I) are constantly comparing yourself to the best of the best you will always fail and fall short and I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty miserable. Do not compare and do not wish- work hard and you will achieve what you are meant to.

4. Haters will hate.

Why are you always on a diet? Can't you skip the gym one day? You don't want to look like a man! Just have one cookie it won't kill you! (It won't, but that's besides the point.) We all know them and chances are they are the people closest to us in our lives. Remind yourself that you are doing this for you and not anyone else, so when someone does have a negative comment or opinion on your lifestyle, do your best to smile and shake it off. Sometimes they're trying to help but oftentimes they see something in you that they want themselves but don't have the strength or determination to go after-- so take the negativity as a complement and YOU DO YOU!

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