I ran this blog topic by Tanner, who is also a Health and Fitness professional, questioning whether this would hurt my credibility. We decided it may for some, but it could also help others to relate to me and to remind everyone, I am human!. I want to be open, honest and raw with my followers.
For those of you who don't know me well, or maybe this is the first blog you're reading, I am a full time Online Health and Fitness Coach helping people crush their goals! I have a degree in Exercise Science and Health that I have enjoyed applying to my own fitness journey as well as my clients.
I have always been incredibly active and over the last 3-4 years I have honed in on my nutrition and I've been consistently striving toward health and fitness goals.
Many of you may have seen my post when my 21 Day Fix round ended December 24th:
(Keep reading for my 10 day transformation December 25-January 3rd)
Going into the holidays Tanner and I had spoke about how we wanted to continue being healthy and not have a repeat of last year. The holidays are especially hard as we are in Washington traveling from Bellingham to the East side of the state and visiting several sides of the family. We went to 5 different Christmas's this year...
All including a Christmas feast and desserts.
The number one thing I reminded myself of was, it wouldn't be as enjoyable if I had a guilty feeling the entire time I'm with family over what I'm eating or drinking.
We had intentions of getting our shit together following those family parties. We even went to the store and bought veggies, lettuce and chicken.
With living in someone else's house for the holidays, being surrounded by left overs and tempted with fast food and restaurants I let myself go for 1 week and 3 days.
*This was not premeditated. Meaning I didn't purposefully eat horribly and skip workouts to gain weight and talk about the post holiday buldge.
A lot of people would be ashamed of this. Most coaches probably wouldn't talk about it in this light or share it at all let alone a before and after picture.
And I'm not saying this to toot my own horn, but I'm saying it to let you know that I'm not ashamed. I'm not going to put on a facade and pretend like I don't fall off track sometimes too. I enjoy what life has to offer.. This time I just went a little overboard, and that's okay because I know how to get myself back on track!
Let's talk about what happened...
Food: I ate what everyone else around me was eating and didn't limit my intake.
For the record, I don't regret it. I enjoyed the time I had with family and I savored every bite of the food I ate.
I am, however, facing the repercussions of it all now.
Exercise: I didn't go the full 10 days without a single workout, but I certainly wasn't working out every day like I had planned. I will say, it's not like I didn't have 30 minutes per day to work out, I definitely could have. But the motivation just wasn't there..
Here's the deductions I have made from my 10 vacation days:
1) When you're eating an unhealthy diet you lack motivation to workout and vise versa. When your diet is healthy you are more motivated to workout. Why is this?
A poor diet the last 10 days has made me feel:
-Achy/gassy in my stomach and poor digestion
This made me realize why it's so hard for people to make a change. Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. If your nutrition is off then your motivation to exercise decreases. If you're not exercising you're often not eating healthy. To change both at the same time must be incredibly hard for people who haven't known any other lifestyle.
2) Eating poorly makes you crave crappy foods.
Tanner looked at me and goes "You know what I realized? I'm not craving my normal meals. Vegetables don't sound good at all."
We realized that both of us have been craving crappy foods. Our body isn't even craving the foods we normally eat any more.
This made me realize how hard it must be for people just starting out trying to transition from the poor diet to the healthy one. Your body craves the foods it's use to getting.
3) Performance in workouts decreases
The few workouts I did get in felt HORRIBLE. It was harder to breathe, I felt like I was sweating out alcohol and grease and I was terribly slow.
This made me realize why people who aren't use to exercising are so intimidated or often give up. It's HARD at first, it HURTS at first... If it were easy everyone would do it.
4) How easy it is to lose progress.
A week or so off can take away all my progress. These are the repercussions I'm dealing with now. I not only want to get the before body back that I had December 24th, but I won't be as efficient at my workouts since I have taken time off and haven't been feeding my body right. My workouts are going to be 10X harder now.
This made me realize why it's hard for people to get back on track once they've fallen off. People tend to Yo-Yo on their healthy and fitness journey doing really good for months and then falling off for a week or two. It's incredibly hard to see progress disappear. Starting over SUCKS.
5) Other symptoms from my poor 10 day habits:
-Sluggish and drained
-Orange foul smelling urine
-Constipation or Diarrhea
I have been on a health kick for a long stretch of time. I forgot what all of this felt like.. I forgot how to relate to my clients. Much of my progress may need to be regained, but I don't regret the 10 day's off, especially because I believe this will allow me to help my clients even more, know exactly what they're going through and how they're feeling.