Being Fit Vs.Being Fit and Healthy
So this post has been on my mind lately. 2015 is here and everyone wants a quick fix to being fit and losing weight.
Well I have been where you are, looking for a quick “health fix”. Something that will make me lose weight and build muscle to look like the girls on social media, who we think have it all together. You’d do anything to be as skinny (or muscular) as her/him, right?
To top it off you want to look like that in 20, 24 or even 30 days!! Then in you’re in search of that perfect “fix”.
You start shopping! What product should I use? It becomes a popularity contest. Which big shot is using this product? (Scrolling through their pics) Well damn they look good it obviously worked for them, if it will do that for me then I am in! So now you’re pumped, thinking hell yeah I’m going to look so good in a month!
Ha-ha yes, I have been there too! I have thought those same things.
As women (more so than men) we get so caught up in the media. The Victoria Secrete shows (models on tv), models on social media or even magazines. Even moms want to look as good as other moms. You question yourself, well wait she had a kid a month before me…why don’t I look like that? Women are their biggest critics, willing to do just about anything to look like those other women.
I have been guilty of being caught up too. Doesn’t mean I don’t want to look good and eventually have a six pack. The question that lies here is, what am I willing to do to get that six pack or lose that weight?
As a Health Coach and knowing the importance of health. I didn’t want to give up my belief in clean eating and nutrition for a quick 30 day change. No, I want to be proud of myself, knowing I have accomplished my goals in a healthy manner.
Well Elyssa if I do this “(Day) fix” and drop 5, 10 even 20 pounds…that’s being healthy, Right?
I’m sorry, but a “quick fix” is not healthy. Yes, you may lose a few pounds and that’s great. Unfortunately, Majority of people will gain that weight back and or more once their done.
And… let’s just say you do end up being the small minority to make it a lifestyle change. You probably see your body changing and transforming in ways you couldn’t imagine. You feel invincible and on top of the world. You got your dream body (or close to it), bottom line is you look “Amazing”!
But hold on, let’s stop and think!! First of all let’s look at your role model. Are they eating clean whole foods or processed junk? When they “meal prep” are they prepackaged meals or snacks they have bought at the store or are they clean whole foods? Do their food choices look like they are all out of a factory?
Next, lets go to the products you have now purchased an abundance of. Do you know what’s in it? Did you do your research? Can you pronounce the ingredients on the back? Are they chemicals?
Have your eating habits changed? Or do you think by doing what they are doing will make you healthy? Take a minute and ask yourself, what is really going on inside my body?
There is a difference from being Fit and being Healthy.
The importance of nutrition is far greater than a 6 pack. Your internal organs are just as important, if not more important than your appearance on the outside. After all they are what are keeping you alive.
You are all probably wondering well don’t you take supplements?
Yes, I do. But I have done countless hours of research on the products that would most benefit me and align with my beliefs.
So, with that said.
I really encourage you to take time and study about the products you will be using. Are they going to benefit your body not only externally but internally? (Remember supplements are not a replacement for eating healthy) Are you products free of chemicals, non gmo or pesticide free? Will they benefit you in the long run?
I understand that quick fixes are intriguing and exciting because everybody wants them. So did I! I’m definitely guilty of it especially after having kids…all you want is your body back. I get it ladies!
I just don’t want you to forget that having a great body now means you will be healthy in the long run. Fuel your body with nutrient dense foods. Having good clean eating habits is KEY! Make sure if you are going to take a supplement that the product is clean, free of junk and words you cannot pronounce. Those chemicals can be more damaging to your body in the future.
So here is to living a healthy lifestyle in 2015!