Guys, I'm about to keep it so real with you. I have said this many times before, but for reals. It bears repeating. I AM NOT PERFECT! One of the best things about my job is that I don't HAVE to be. I am not required to have a six pack or be a perfect clean eater. I'm just required to care about the people I coach and passionately share with them what has worked for ME over the years. But seriously...SO not perfect over here. And I'm about to prove it.
I went into November strong. I am not a huge candy person so I wasn't really tempted with Halloween. I stayed on track with my eating up until the week of Thanksgiving. Then ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE. My husband got home on Tuesday and didn't have to go out recruiting until Sunday night. I don't know if it is just me, but when my honey is around ALL I can think about is going out on dates. Lunch dates, brunch dates, coffee dates. It doesn't matter. As long as I can put on some makeup and a cute little number, I'm happy. And there HAS to be food involved. I have no idea where I learned this, but it's ingrained in me. That's part of the reason him being a football coach works out so well! He's not around much! He's off recruiting or working during season. I get a lot of time to focus on my fitness goals and keeping to a clean diet. But man when he's around, I just can't control myself.
I'll spare you the details of my week long binge, but lets just say there were a few days where I may have been drunk before noon (Don't judge me...it was Thanksgiving and College football rivalry weekend) and ended up eating WAY too much food. When I stepped on the scale on Sunday, I was up almost SEVEN POUNDS!!!! Now, I'm going to tell you like I tell most of the people I coach. MOST of that was poop. Let's be honest. Whenever you have a binge like a holiday or a vacation you most certainly did not consume the THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of calories it would take to gain ACTUAL weight. Lots of time you can drink a good bit of water and clean up the old diet, and things tend to "work themselves out" so to speak. But for me, after a few days on my meal plan and upping my water...I was only down 2 pounds! That meant that I had gained some ACTUAL poundage. But, by following my meal plan and sticking to my workouts, the following week I am down another 4! By sticking with it just one more week, I should be right back to where I started. That's what I LOVE about my meal plan (Wanna check it out? Click here!) but still, that will be three weeks to take off 5 days of fun!
But here's the thing....It WAS fun! I enjoyed myself. I ate. I drank. I indulged in some desserts. We DID get in a few couples workouts, but yes, I relaxed on my diet. And the cool thing about that is that it's OK! I set myself back a little bit, but I have worked HARD to get here. Those 5 days of fun with my husband were WORTH the hard work of getting back on track, because I have been consistent ALL YEAR LONG and the ENTIRE year before that. And since I've created a lifestyle centered around health and moderation, it is EASY to get right back into it. THAT'S the key. THAT'S what I think a lot of people are missing with these "crash" diets. It's not about denying yourself of all fun in life and being a slave to the scale until you hit a certain number. It's about LIVING healthy most of the time so that you CAN enjoy your life, guilt free. It's so much easier to forgive yourself when you know you'll be right back on track. Just some thoughts to consider. If you're ready to create a healthy LIFESTYLE, I'm looking to mentor women who are ready to do so. Send me a message via the contact tab!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.