All I have discovered in 2016.
Wow! Another year down. It’s crazy how much faster they pass by each and every single year. This year was an amazing one. I think this has been one of my best years in a long long time… For many reasons but for one main reason: I discovered what it means to LIVE in the present.
For years I would let counting calories, macros and my weight define me. I had a goal weight and if I was off my weight I would hate myself. If I ate over my fat macros I would write the day off and binge eat. If I didn’t hit my steps, I would hit the gym twice as hard the next day. And worst of all, I would avoid any social event if it mean’t alcohol or sweets. It was an unhealthy way of life – physically and mentally.
Even looking back to last year, a majority of my posts were about losing weight, leaning down and tracking macros and calories religiously. It is such a night and day difference to my philosophies this year when it comes to my health.
At the beginning of 2016, I vowed to “chill the f*** out” with tracking my food intake and weight. I deleted my Calorie Counter App and took a more mindful and balanced approach to food. I also focused less on long cardio 6 days a week and more on circuit training 3-5 days a week. And the results have been amazing.
I wish I could go back and tell myself this was the best way to live years ago. I think I have never looked better in my whole life. I have never been so confident in my own skin… and best of all, I never starve myself anymore. Those little numbers don’t dictate my life anymore. I’ll have that glass of wine when I think I deserve it and eat that chocolate cake when I want to. Even if I think I might be “heavier or curvier” than I used to be. It doesn’t depress or define me because I know ultimately it’s about how I feel in my own skin, not what some numbers are telling me. I feel free. I feel myself.
This all being said, learning to stop looking at food and health as a math equation is not something that happens overnight.
I hope that where-ever you are in your life, that you appreciate how far you’ve come in your health journey. Learn to eat REAL Whole Foods. Don’t deprive yourself of life’s beautiful luxuries… Have a mimosa on a Sunday morning. Drink a latte if that’s what makes you happy. Eat a extra slice of cake at the work office party.. because you only live once. It would be a shame to miss out on life caught up in what people think of your body type or how healthy you are. There is more to life than that.
May 2017 be a healthy wholesome year for you and all your loved ones.