.. without making compromises in your life!
Hej and welcome to this weeks blog post. This week I decided to share a part of my past experience from the time I was deep in the fitness bubble. I hope you enjoy reading and maybe resonate with me.
As you already know I started my fitness journey in 2014 and competed in a bikini fitness competition in November 2016. So I would say that from 2015/16 onwards I got into the fitness lifestyle. So what do I mean by that? I mean that I created my life around it: my training became more important than quality time with my loved ones, I started controlling everything I ate, my thought were around fitness all the time, I tried fitness products like protein powder or no calorie syrups and actually thought that it would bring me closer to my goal.
OK, if you want to become a professional athlete than this is the price you pay for it and there is nothing wrong about it. But when this all started I didn’t knew that I want to compete and I somehow just got deeper and deeper into it. I completely lost the sense of health! Because surely this wasn’t healthy. There was no balance anymore. So I am talking to you: a beginner or advanced gym lover.
I hope that the 4 tips which I am giving you now will help you on your fitness journey and help you reach your goals in a healthy way:
- Don’t take workouts too serious!
This can get hard if you have a friend, partner or gym community that’s holding you accountable and that’s an awesome thing to have but what I mean is that there are things that are more important than a workout. And these might be the small things.
It might be enjoying the sunset with a friend in the evening instead of going to a workout. It might be big family events. It might be taking an extra rest day when your body is telling you to do so.
I remember that I forced myself to the gym no matter what just to get the workout done and lost my joy for working out this way. I got obsessive and thought that I loose my progress if I miss a day or even worse, gain weight. NO, YOU DON’T!
- Don’t start tracking what you eat
Especially if you have a background with an eating disorder, please don’t do that! I would agree that it is a great way to gain information about food: macros, calories and the amount we actually eat. And again, this might only be necessary once you hit the professional athlete level.
So before you start tracking and weighting out your food start with just noticing what you eat and how it makes you feel. Are you eating enough fiber? And get all the needed vitamins and micronutrients from your food? Does your food makes you feel heavy? And then once you get to the advanced level you can check on your macros: Am I getting enough carbs/ protein/ healthy fats?
OK, short extra note: carbs are important and absolut necessary for us!
I got so caught up in tracking what I eat that I didn’t even ate healthy anymore. I thought calories are everything and low calorie foods are healthy! Like seriously, how could I think that??
There is difference in how our body digest food: A chocolate bar and a banana can have the same amount of calories BUT they are by far not equal healthy!
I could write about food forever, so if you have any questions or want to know more leave me a comment 🙂
- Reflect what you hear in the fitness industry
Like in any other area there are fakes, there are marketing lies and there are toxic people!
I remember till today how I saw a picture on Instagram thinking at that time it was real: The woman had insane muscular shoulders but in the lean way I was so obsessed with. She was really tanned and it looked just gorgeous. And I wanted to look like her! Now I know that the picture was photoshopped.
I guess it doesn’t really matter if we are talking about the beauty or fashion or fitness industry – it’s the fake perfect skin, the hair we see in advertising or the muscles in the fitness industry where we should always reflect it if is actually real.
- What do you want to remember at the end?
I love this one! The thought about what will I remember later of what do I want to remember when I am old helped me A LOT on my journey out of the fitness bubble and into health.
This is the reason why I didn’t competed again and why I then was able to quit some workouts.
Do we remember the workout when we are old? Or do we remember the quality time, wine dates and sunsets?
Well, I certainly want to look back and say that I truly LIVED and ENJOYED and have no regrets.
And that’s what I wish for you too. I don’t regret the time I spend in the bubble and the time I sacrificed my personal life for the gym. It was a journey, a huge learning curve and it certainly has brought me to where I am now. If it wouldn’t have happened I wouldn’t do my fitness trainer license now and make it my profession to help YOU.
But I am also glad that I found my way out and can now enjoy my workouts again, eat healthy and live balanced (yes, I eat chocolate every day and have wine twice a week and still hit my fitness goals)!
I am now here to help you on your journey 🙂 I am happy to hear from you and hope you enjoyed this weeks blog post and me writing out of my heart. See you next Friday!
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