Category Archives: Habits

Those banners that don’t help me.

You know those videos and banners that keep propagating how we’re gonna pass up the gym, indulge in foods to the point of gluttony and ignore what our coaches and trainer tells us? Those don’t help me.

They might be funny. I get a laugh out of people floundering around trying to match their exercise to the level of the instructor. Or worse, I’m guilty of mental fat shaming and attributing my less-than favorable habits of lacking self-control to a hopeless case of comedic dysfunction.

But as I take my health and fitness more seriously, I’m finding that those messages that mock discipline, timeliness, dedication, self-control, clean eating, are harming my focus.

I’m probably too sensitive to a lot of things anyway so this state of delicateness doesn’t surprise me. (Frankly, I annoy myself with it sometimes). But what used to be amusing to me isn’t as entertaining anymore. That’s not to say that it doesn’t help other people who are at a different stage of their wellness. I’m just finding that, for me, I might be outgrowing it.

Is that what happens when we take on new chapters? Old habits and amusements are revealed and we learn how to break from it?

Media impacts me greatly. I get motivated watching other people lift, run, work out and train. I see someone taking on some reps and grinding out a set, it makes me look at the calendar to see when I get to go to the gym. I start thinking, “I wanna do that, too!”

What I learned is that I used to not notice the difference when I would view those banners or ads that had the message to be casual about health or even disregard healthy choices altogether. But now, I can see how it affects me and I am now aware of how to purposely reach for media that is encouraging, inspiring and helpful.

This time of year is slammed with setting new goals. What have you decided to feed your mind?

Blessings,

Mahal

 

Cheat Meal? I ain’t unfaithful.

It’s semantics. Maybe my chubbness can’t understand the extreme level of fidelity it takes to shred. (<–and i don’t think i’m even using that term correctly).

But the desserts, pastries and pastas are not a deviation. I’m not cheating on anything! It’s what I eat. And I’ve gone without them for a while. But I’ve not yet arrived at the permanent dismissal of those foods.

I’ll take full responsibility that I also haven’t reached my ideal weight, muscle definition and endurance level. So that should tell you more about my lack of [fill in what I need more of] and that I’m a real live work in progress.

The word “cheat” also doesn’t sit well with me. But we throw it around casually with the alleged understanding that we were oh-so-faithful to the healthy menu to begin with. It’s a tongue-in-cheek expression but it’s glorifying unfaithfulness in relationships that doesn’t align with wellness.

And, not for nothin’, but I wasn’t that healthy and definitely not that committed to excluding gourmet frozen popcorn and cinnamon melts to begin with.

Okay, so the main idea is that I (and you may join me) could do a better job about managing and sustaining a clean diet. But there doesn’t need to be a cheat meal. Either I eat clean or I don’t. And when I don’t, it’s not because I need a way out of this imaginary commitment. It’s because I need more training and practice on what I should be doing to bring me closer to my goals.

Clarity is key if I’m really going to move forward. It’s not a cheat meal because that’s how I was eating the entire time. What I’m really working on is finding foods that will satisfy those cravings and ultimately “break up” with the processed sugars, carbs, caffeine altogether.

Until then, getting more sleep, getting more active will impact and change my menu. And I won’t be cheating! I’ll be changing! 🙂

Blessings,

Mahal