Did ya think I wouldn’t pump out a post today?
OK honestly I didn’t think I would but BAM! Here I am.
Today we’re talking about the why of fitness and nutrition or rather being a healthy human being.
I know most people click away after that. Same song and dance, right? OK whatever. If you know me you know this space is not reserved for same song and dance. I have that special touch that leaves some spitting their coffee on their new white button up.
OK let’s try to be focused and serious for a few minutes.
Today I want to start asking you a few questions…
I really want you to answer these questions I pose each week but also realize I cannot hear a word you say so it’s between you and God and the wall.
Why do you do the things you do?
I know that’s a BIG question because our lives do not consist of one action daily or one set of words or one environment. Our lives are filled with multiple areas and situations and people. So let me branch off and ask you this:
Why do you eat the way you eat?
Think about your day today –
What was for breakfast? I had a banana and a KIND bar and two cups of coffee. Why did I pick that? Because that is what powers me through until eleven or so when I have lunch.
Why did I pick a banana? Because it was on the counter. Because bananas fill me up.
Why did I pick a KIND bar? Because I like their taste and their low glycemic index.
What was for lunch? I had nothing. The girl who preaches nutrition didn’t have lunch. And I paid for it. I became sluggish and mad. But I wasn’t close to a store and I failed to pack my lunch box. It was an epic fail. I was able to get three grapes and a freaking cheese stick from a friend.
When I got home I made a salad. It was good. – not as good as the one pictured that you can have the recipe to if you click here and my Lord in Heaven above I need that salad right now.
What was for dinner or is for dinner? Dinner sounds disgusting right now because I’m full from my salad. But dinner will be shredded chicken with the option to put it on a salad or wrap it in a tortilla (hello tacos.)
What was your snack? I failed to snack. I failed to pack any food today.
What did you drink? Water, Mountain Dew (will explain shortly), and black coffee. Why Mountain Dew? When I was hungry/angry/ready to eat I was offered the cheese and three grapes and a Mountain Dew. I do not like Mountain Dew. I hate that soda. But I drank it because….I was limited on food and knew I needed energy and if that energy had to be a sugar overload carb filled nasty soda then so be it.
Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m a human.
I’m educated in nutrition and yet I make stupid decisions and choices a lot. I knew in my heart of hearts that I could drink water instead of Mountain Dew. Water would have filled my stomach and gave my cells replenishment. Mountain Dew made me scrunch my nose and get a sugar high.
I forgot to pack my lunch. If you haven’t been here before then I consider myself a married single parent. I have a good husband who is mostly hands off on all things child raising related. I make sure they get up and get fed and get to school. I make sure they eat dinner, brush their teeth, have clean clothes, have lunch, do their homework, and I read to them and tuck them in. I take them to their practices (he does help with football now) and I keep up with their doctor, dental, and eye appointments. Most women/moms are probably like myself. They are good men but they suck when it comes to helping.
And I am full of excuses.
I was telling myself excuses for drinking that stupid drink. I was like, “OK, just do extra on your work out and you can burn this mess off.” And, “It’s ok it’s just one. Just one that you seriously hate, why couldn’t it have been Coke?” Or, “I need the caffeine!”
I was filling myself full of excuses for the lunch issue too: “I was too tired to pack my lunch.” Ha ha ha. Yeah I was tired but that isn’t a real excuse.
And that’s what this boils down to, y’all. It’s our excuses that we give for our decisions on what we feed our bodies.
If you wrote a food journal for today and handed it over to me you would be armed with your arsenal of excuses as to why you had PopTarts for breakfast or a double cheeseburger for lunch. You would be ready for me when I asked about the two sodas you drank. The Reece Cup for the afternoon snack…
Excuses aren’t anything but wasted words.
You know how school systems will excuse some absences? For example: If your child is out with mono the school will say excused! But if your child is out because they didn’t want to go school then they don’t excuse it because it’s BOGUS!
When we make dietary choices that are pointless we cannot excuse it. Not if we have a goal to be healthier.
You want to drop fifteen pounds? No excuses on nutrition.
You have heart disease? No excuses on nutrition.
You just found out your borderline diabetic? No excuses on nutrition.
Cancer? No excuses on nutrition.
The list goes on and on.
Your food choices will make you or break you every time. If you eat processed food every day then expect some heart problems. If you rely on fast food more than food you create with your own two hands then expect the number on the scale to not drop.
But if you had the chance to be totally honest with yourself and say, “Why do I eat the way I eat?” and then think about the person that means the most to you in this life and compare your nutrition choices to living your best life with them…
Would you have excuses?
Swap the shit.
I sometimes cuss in my work. Sorry if you have virgin eyes.
Swap the shit is a new little addition to these posts. I want you to swap some bad stuff (shit in this case) for something better.
Pick one thing that you ate today or drank today that you know is not good for you. Tomorrow swap it for water.
If you drink coffee laden down with sugar (that would be anything basically from Sixbucks or DD) then swap it tomorrow for something with no sugar and almond milk.
If you have been having some candy swap it for fruit (if it was sweet or sour candy) or nuts. If you really need the sugary taste go for an apple the size of a baseball not a softball.
Fast food? Opt for packing (and remembering) or instead go for slow food. Order out from a place that offers spinach salads or grilled chicken salads with dressing on the side.
Chickfila? Bye waffle fries get a power food salad side and for the love try something other than the classic – get the market salad or the cool wrap.
Just try it.
It won’t kill you – this I can promise.
And in the midst of all this heart ache of trying to be better for that person who you would walk through hell and half of Georgia for remember your why.