If you ever feel like your diet plan restricts you from living your best life ... you need a new plan.
And I say this with love.
The reason I started this journey – and the reason why I’m guessing you started – is because I wanted to live a fuller life.
A life where I didn’t get out of breath going upstairs.
A life where I could wear all my favourite clothes again.
A life where the idea of going for a hike or a bike ride didn’t fill me with dread.
A life where I had energy and strength and joy de vrie.
What I realised, dear reader, was that whatever I did to lose weight and get fit and healthy HAD to be something I was prepared to do for life.
I had to future pace into the shoes of the future me who had already achieved my fitness goals and live HER life, today.
When I thought about it honestly, nowhere did restriction and choking down kale for three meals a day fit into the picture.
A little like dressing for the job you want, not the job you have.
I realised that I needed to PRIORITISE the lifestyle I envisioned myself having as a fit person, and I needed to make sure that what I ate to GET healthy had to be something I could sustain.
Which means there’s no “diets”, there’s no “end date” to this, and there’s no feeling like I’m missing out.
The reason most diets fail is that they’re not designed to be followed long term. And all those feelings of FOMO only result in you refeeding so hard core that you undo all your hard work in weeks, even days.
(I can tell you this from experience.)
So my love, whatever path you choose on the journey to your healthiest, fittest self, future pace and look at your healthy, fit future self in 12 months’ time: how is she living? How is she treating herself and her body? How is she eating healthy, working out, and still living her best life? How is she enjoying precious moments with family and friends?
How does what you’re doing now fit into that picture?
The sustainable way, the healthiest way to get that body you desire is, quite honestly the longer route.
But I promise you: your future fit self will thank you for choosing it.
Today’s blog post is brought to you by ... yesterday!
Yesterday was one of those rare days where everything was a beautiful balance.
Here’s what I mean.
This morning I woke up and dove headlong into an hour long aerobics workout (deets below), and by the time I was finished with that I was RAVENOUS.
I turned to my trusty Weet Bix and milk for sustenance (and just to make a liar out of me, it drank all my milk even with the hot water trick I shared on Day 2).
It’s also higher in zinc and iron than regular sugar – and it makes your Weet Bix taste delicious.
I’ll give you three guesses what I had for lunch today ... and the first two don’t count.
Yup, chicken and salad sandwich for lunch – it goes to show you just how far two chicken breasts can stretch to make a nutritious lunch on a budget.
I even got Greg in on the action and made him one too (I made his on white bread).
From yesterday’s post you’ll know there was a situation with Pizza Friday.
(Spoiler alert: I ate too much.)
So I went through my veggie crisper and whipped up a bruschetta-esque side salad to go with the leftover pizza.
This way I had my pizza and ate it too – I was still able to enjoy my favourite food, but by having a salad alongside it, I was able to fill my belly and feel satisfied for far less calories – and a lot more nutrition.
Oops – forgot to take a picture of tonight’s dessert, but it’s a retro favourite from my comp prep days: protein yoghurt with a spoonful of protein powder.
It honestly tastes like pudding – soooo satisfying.
I also do love my cup of tea before bed but it’s like a million degrees where I live at the moment, so I made a delicious iced herbal tea with a twist of lemon juice.
If you’re weaning off sodas, I highly recommend iced herbal tea. It tastes just as delicious, you don’t need to add any sweetener to it, and it’s a lot better for you.
My favourites are the Twinings Cold Infuse teabags (rose lemonade is bomb!).
This morning, I dug out a real pearler from the 1980s – a Kathy Smith Fat Burning workout. Check it out here on YouTube – you’ll need a good sports bra, a sturdy pair of trainers, and to set aside about an hour.
It was so much fun, and I definitely felt challenged (read: hot, sweaty mess) by the end.
Later in the afternoon, Greg and I took Tinkerbell for a walk through the Broadwater Parklands. It was incredibly beautiful – everyone was out enjoying the summer sunshine.
It’s a place that just gives off a vibe – everyone’s out having a good time. It’s one of my favourite places in the world.
My favourite kind of fitness, hands down, is the fitness that doesn’t feel like fitness at all – it feels like living a wonderful life. I was enjoying the summer with my family, soaking up the sunshine, and breathing the fresh sea air.
If that doesn’t do wonders for your health, I don’t know what does!
Well, my glam babies, that wraps us up for another day. I can’t believe I’m on day 4 already! It’s flying by.
And here’s today’s little piece of motivation to leave you with: Contrary to what I was talking about above, sometimes when we’ve got our heart set on a goal we feel like we can’t be happy until we’ve reached it.
But here’s the secret: it’s not about reaching the end of the road, it’s about enjoying every step of the journey.
Don’t forget to pause, celebrate the little wins, and find the joy in every moment.
Dream for the future – but live for today.
Until tomorrow, keep shining bright.
P.S. How's your journey going? I'd love if you introduced yourself in the comments and shared your story with us! Let's do this together!
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