In three weeks I'll be standing alongside some of the hottest people on the planet, so I've decided to up my game just a little bit. I started the 21 Day Fix again earlier this week. It's been a lot harder this time around. Last time, my husband had moved ahead of me to our new state, while I stayed behind and finished out my last month at my job. It was just me, so there was no temptation. I bought exactly what I needed, didn't keep treats in the house, and quite frankly, just re-watched Harry Potter movies and went to bed early most nights. This time around, my roll dog is here. He gets home from work and I suddenly have the urge to go on a date. Or I find an amazing pinterest (click this link to follow me!) recipe that there is just NO WAY to make healthy. It's so much harder, and really makes me appreciate and understand my challengers who have unsupportive spouses or family members, constantly sabotaging them by bringing home pizza or donuts. I will say in my hubby's defense that in our house, it's usually me doing the sabotaging (who WOULDN'T want to go out on a date with that guy?). Anyways, I'm getting a little bit off topic.
So here I am, a few days into the fix, and I realize we are out of a few staples. Normally I go to the grocery store, and shop mostly the perimeter, so I don't have to go through the chip aisle and ice cream section. I was on my way home from the post office, and Walmart is on that route, so out of convenience, I decided to pop in there. One of the things that I needed was all the way in the back of the store, right next to where they have the "meals to go" section...you know...the place where they have the fried chicken, fried okra, french fries, macaroni and cheese and anything else that could put you into an early grave if eaten too often. First of all, It smelled SO good. Secondly, I'm really not trying to knock the hustle. It's only there because it sells. If people stopped buying they'd stop selling. I totally get it. It still doesn't make it cool though. For people like me who have health and fitness goals AND struggle with food, it's torture. So here I am, cottage cheese in hand, heading back to the front of the store, when I noticed a super colorful cart coming towards me, just packed with "goodies". I then started to take note, as I walked past aisle after aisle of colorful boxes, of all of the delicious things coming at me. Things that I may not have even noticed if I hadn't waited too long to eat, and wasn't currently under a little bit of a restriction from being on the fix. Suddenly I wanted potato chips. Not the thin kind, the wavy ones, because I like the way they crunch when I eat them. Oooh, bagel bites look delicious! Nevermind, they have pepperoni and this girl doesn't eat piggies anymore (see how easy THAT thought was to dismissed!?!?! It's because I have a real WHY as to why I don't eat them...You CAN live without bacon, people, you just have to care enough to give it up.) Anyways, yeah, so there I am, salivating over one of those bags of mini donuts....the kind that are rolled in a peanut like substance (I'm not sure if they actually qualify as peanuts, but whatevs), when I suddenly realized, I don't really even LIKE those things (they are always soggy and could never compare to dunkin). It's just that the packaging is all so bright and inviting. It really was sucking me in! Because I was hungry, I was SO susceptible to the marketing that these companies pray on. It dawned on me how many people TRULY, MINDLESSLY put these things into their cart EVERY time they go shopping, because they either don't know any better, get fooled by false advertising, or are just lured by cute packaging that makes our brain say "ooh this looks good, I gotta try it". It really is a GAUNTLET for people who are at least trying to be health conscious. So what do we do? Not go to the store? I gotta be honest, I don't know the answer! For me, I fall right into the trap. I can go to the store with a list (which definitely HELPS, I will say), and unless I stick to ONLY the perimeter and am not at all distracted by a cleverly decorated "endcap", I will usually come home with something extra. Sweet & Tangy BBQ Sun Chips? Don't mind if I do! There's always something that gets me, and that's why I have seen challengers lose 50 pounds in a few months, where it's taken me YEARS to lose them. I STRUGGLE with food. I will always have to work harder than a girl who really loves vegetables. I just have had to learn to make trade offs with myself. I will buy a box of triscuits, but I will not buy myself a bag of potato chips. I will buy myself a pint of Ben & Jerry's half baked fro yo, but I will not buy a gallon of full on ice cream. These are the trade offs that I'm comfortable with. I have friends who are truly passionate about clean eating. They practice it, they preach it. They most likely will outlive me (by just a few years) and look hotter in a bikini come swimsuit season. And I'm ok with that. Because with cleaning up my diet, yet still allowing myself treats here and there that aren't "clean" (hello processed nacho cheese!) I've found a balance between what is important to me (I'm sorry, yummy food is important. It just is) and lowering my cholesterol (Thank you, Shakeology!), or getting to a point where I at least feel GOOD in a bikini. I'm not anywhere near where my DREAM body is, but hey, that just gives me something to strive for during my workouts. Nevertheless, I AM healthy (not as healthy as my vegan counterparts, but I'd venture a guess that I'm healthier than MOST of America), and I feel great, because I've learned to save the cheeseypoofs and cupcakes for special occasions, and keep my diet healthy the other 80% of the time. That's really the best advice I can give. I've found MY balance. If you need help finding yours, reach out to me. I'd love to help you.
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.