You can’t out exercise a bad diet

The elusive “they” say it’s 80% nutrition and 20% exercise to lose weight. I’ve also seen 70-30, but my old trainer insisted it was 80/20.

Regardless of what the magic numbers are, the point is that you can’t out exercise bad nutrition.

I used to think I was eating well- technically I was eating chicken and fish. And I always told myself I was eating better than I used to- which is true, since I went through a period of virtually living on fast food. However, breaded chicken and battered fish are not ideal examples of a nutritious eating.

I was losing weight last year eating that way. For 3-4 months, I was actually losing 10lbs/mo, which was great. But, I was also working out twice a day 5-6 days a week, up to 10 miles/day on the treadmill on my best days. Plus a trainer twice a week. And spin.

As soon as I started grad school, I didn’t have the time to devote to the gym anymore. Not the amount of time I had been. My stress level also increased and I began to choose cheap and easy options again. It wasn’t sustainable.

Sustainability is huge to me in my journey and it’s what makes this time different than the rest. I’ve tried nutrisystem and a couple different weight loss places and I’ve tried shots and pills and being vegetarian and eating all meat on a super high protein/low carb diet. I even tried weight loss surgery, which I have since had reversed (I had the lap band for almost two years before I had it taken out after numerous/ongoing problems).

So I’ve tried about everything out there. I was considering another weight loss surgery before beginning this journey. I was actually scheduled and approved to get the gastric sleeve. It just scared me so much. Cutting off a portion of your stomach? It seemed so invasive and I just couldn’t get past it.

I wanted to lose weight so badly, but I just couldn’t go through with it. It wasn’t for me. I’m so happy that, after all this time and so many mistakes, I’ve finally found something I truly believe I can stick with for the rest of my life.

I know I’m not where I need to be yet with exercising or eating, but I’m working on it. I’m also doing it in a way that works for me- I’m not making a million drastic changes all at once.

I need to quit drinking crystal light, for instance. However, I also know that is the only way I’m getting in my gallon of water a day, like my trainer wants. So, today I started adding in less. I’m going to slowly wean myself off of it, and I’m also going to look into alternatives to naturally sweeten or add taste to my water. My trainer suggested something for me to check out when I go to the grocery this weekend.

Beef is another thing that isn’t included in typical “clean eating” plans. But I get so sick of chicken every day. I used to eat the breaded stuff daily, in different forms, but just plain chicken breast? No thank you. Not there yet. So right now I use beef as a fun alternative to add in. I try doing it every other week, but I’ve been having it at least a few days weekly for the past few weeks.

So I’m going to drop it down to every other week, and also not make double servings, for instance, so it doesn’t last as long and I’m not eating it for lunch and dinner every day.

I’m making small changes that I can continue to improve upon, as I go along. This is something I can do. I want to be healthier. I can be healthier. It is just going to take some time to get to where I want to be.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t keep working and keep improving. I don’t have to give up just because I can’t be perfect at the beginning. When are we ever perfect the first time we try something? That’s so unrealistic!

I have to work hard at so many things in life- work, when I was in school, you have to work at relationships – why should food and fitness be any different? I’m ok where I am today. But tomorrow, I will be better. And by my wedding, I will be a whole new person. I can’t wait to continue on this journey and continue pushing myself and improving. Looking forward to a long, healthy life from here on out!

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