My fitness Aha moment didn't come the time I looked in the mirror and cringed at the strange overweight girl staring back at me. I hated what I saw. I wondered how I let myself get so far out of hand. I wondered what happened to the old me, the thin me, the cute me? I made a decision in that moment, that it was time to get my act together and to lose weight, but that wasn't my aha moment. The real aha moment didn't come until much later. You see, I did the lose the weight. Fairly quickly actually. I started running and limiting my calories. Run a lot, don't eat a lot. It was a formula that I thought worked for me. I gave up carbohydrates almost completely. I gave up everything "bad." I limited my calories and I got thin. I was happy, or so I thought. Over time, I couldn't maintain all the restrictions I was putting on myself. I usually either got sick, injured or bored. I would start eating carbs again. My brain would start to flip. I would start to eat more and run less. I would eventually gain the weight back, plus some. Eventually I would I have the mirror moment again and repeat the process. Again and again. It got to the point where I knew at any given time I could get small in three months. It was easy. Run too much, eat too little. It was a cycle that I repeated more times than I care to admit.
|I traded a Diet Coke in my right hand for a half marathon finishers medal.|
My fitness aha moment came when I truly learned to practice moderation. Too much of a good thing is still too much. I learned how to eat whole natural foods to fuel my healthy body instead of surviving on processed foods & Diet Coke. I learned that being skinny or achieving a number on the scale was not the goal. The goals were to be healthy, strong, and athletic. Once I realigned my thinking, everything changed. Now I have a well rounded work-out routine that includes some running, because I will always love to run, but also includes weight training and Yoga. I eat healthy, whole foods most days, but enjoy a couple of indulgence meals every single week-end without fail, and most importantly, without guilt. I eat carbs. I drink wine. One bad meal is no longer a trigger for weeks or months of bad eating. If I miss a work-out or overindulge, I just move on. This is a healthy lifestyle. One bad day is merely a small blip on the big radar of life and has no long term effect on my health and fitness progress. You can't do any real damage in one meal or one missed work-out. I eat more, run less and I am more fit than I have ever been in my life. Once I came to realize that this was my healthy lifestyle, not a diet, not a 90 day challenge, that is when everything changed.
What was your fitness aha moment?
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