I was talking to one of my "fit friends" today. She's a clean eater and loves to workout, but she doesn't work in the fitness industry or endorse any type of product. Predictably as a fit chicks, both of us get asked for advice from time to time and today we chatted about the fact that people are always interested in your "transformation", but never want to hear about all of the hard work it took to get there. For me, personally, I get asked about how what I drink (Shakeology) compares to other diet drinks. This makes me CRINGE. I don't blame them, because they just don't know the difference. I know that there are LOTS of diet shakes out there that promise people insane results in a short amount of time, but that's not Shakeology. Shakeo will ensure that you're getting incredible nutrition. It will likely boost your energy, help curb cravings, and improve your digestive health. It may even help you lose some weight. One of my challengers from last month incorporated shakeo, cut down on processed snacks, and lost 7 pounds! But it's NOT a weight loss drink; it's a health drink. It's a powerful TOOL in your weight loss journey, but for real, lasting results, you have to put in actual work in the kitchen and with exercise as well. If a product is telling you that it will help you lose a significant amount of weight by any other means, flip it over and look at the ingredients. It likely reads like a science experiment. And if you're cool with putting chemicals into your body just to lose weight, go for it. Do yo thang boo. For me though, I do this FOR my health, so I'm not trying to throw cancer causing chemicals into my bloodstream just to get skinny. I'm worth more than that. So anyways, back to my friend. I always thought maybe because I'm so obsessed with what has worked for me, that maybe I was being judgey when people didn't want to exercise or change their diet to lose weight. She told me about someone who wanted her help, and when she tried to offer her advice (eat clean and go out walking!), the woman basically told her why she can't do that and ended the conversation. My friend got the feeling that this person was hoping she'd say that she used a magic pill or secret drink. Phew! So it's not just me! It's frustrating sometimes because when I tell people what I've done, which is to make serious changes my food choices and exercise, they don't seem satisfied with it, or immediately give me a list of reasons why they can't (I had a list too, but I got over it and did what I could!) As for workouts, I have NEVER fallen off with my exercise. I can confidently say that aside from a few times where I've been injured, I've exercised on average 4-5 days a week since I started in 2012. That's what it really takes to get fit and care for your body as it ages. I've also maintained a true 80/20 lifestyle. I consider myself a food addict, and I love greasy, cheesy, creamy foods, but I have to turn them down sometimes and make healthier choices. It's not always easy, but again, you have to put in the work. I also fucking hate vegetables (that's why this girl NEEDS her shakeology), but I choke them down so I can get to the rest of the good stuff on my plate (carbs!!!). I make sure I don't go crazy on processed and unhealthy foods, but I don't deny myself anything either. I have had to work hard at eating well, even though I literally never want to. I mean, if I could lose weight AND BE HEALTHY by eating pizza and chicken wings and just drinking a magic drink, I'd do it in a heartbeat. But it really does not work that way. To truly be healthy, you have to take care of your heart, joints, and the rest of your body as you get older, and provide your body with good nutrition. If you're thinking about a change, want to get healthier and more confident, but also understand that it's going to take some work and real commitment, I'd be more than happy to have you in my group of fit chicks. We don't stress about the scale or getting a six pack. We just work towards being our healthiest and happiest selves and support each other the whole way. If this sounds like a group of women you wanna hang with, check out the deets here!
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.